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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
A rich, full bodied Barley Wine with a wonderfully warming character from the malts & dark brown sugars. Held to the light, its burgundy color is fitting for a bigger beer that has aromatics that hint of the oak, the whiskey, the somewhat sweet nature, and molasses that makes this beer truly unique. Using Stranahan’s Whiskey barrels, we aged this beer for 6 months to impart a small amount of oak tannins and the whiskey character that combine to elevate this beer beyond its original entry into this world.


2013 United States Open Beer Championship Gold Medal - Barley Wine
2010 World Beer Championships Bronze Medal – Barley Wine

2013 US Open Beer Championships – Bronze Medal – Barley Wine

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drpimento (2966) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Poured with a medium sized off white, fine head and a little lace. Color was a slightly hazy amber, Aroma was malt, yeast, caramel, hop, solvents. Flavor what exactly like nose plus a little carbonic tang. Body and carbonation ok. Finish is like flavor and on the short side. No hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3005) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle, shared at CDC release. Pours out a nice darker copper color with a small white head. Aroma is of light caramel, dried fruits, oak, whiskey and light burning alcohol. Taste is caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak and a little heat from the alcohol on the finish. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (12810) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by chadcsu(thanks Chad) poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, light carmel and light brown sugar. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak,vanilla, toffee and light carmel with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2011
750ml bottle served in a tulip. Pour is cloudy mahogany with two fingers of kaki head that had decent retention and a slight show of lacing. Nose is bourbon, oak, figs, molasses, caramel, booze, bubble gum, and hops. Taste is an immediate blast of bourbon/oak/figs/molasses done to the tune of decadence. This is quickly met with an odd bubble gum and hop pallet, that contradicts the original pallet with quite a ferocity. The finish is a choppy watered marriage with different aspects sticking out at different times, depending on how the tide swelled. This is truly and amazing barley wine, one I place in the top 3 (Gratitude and barrel aged Old Toad) that I could only accurately place if I did a side by side of the three. Truly amazing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9019) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2011
750 ml bottle from michael-pollack- thanks again, Pollack! Tried alongside a Black Betty and Melange a Trois. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small beige head. Aroma shows that yes, this was in whiskey barrels- big huff of whiskey, oak, vanilla, caramel, plums, and dates. Flavor somehow brings even more whiskey with a little warmth this time, along with vanilla, caramel, oak, dates, and some brown sugar. Medium-bodied, with a warming mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Wow, if you like whiskey you’ll like this. If not, stay away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
750 mL bottle shared by GT2 at the 5/7/11 DC Ratebeer gathering. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized creamy offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, berries and minty, citrus hop notes along with some whisky. The taste is toffee, berries, more berries, whisky and booze. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Courtesy of markwise. Pours out copper with tan head. The aroma is pure whiskey with thin veins of vanilla and oak. I guess there’s beer in here somewhere too. Hmm. Don’t smell any beer. OK. The taste is all barrel booze, just like the nose, with straight up fortified whiskey, some vanilla and modest levels of oak. They did put beer in the barrel, right?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12011) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2011
750 bottle-pours a tan head with bubbles and trailing lace and dark amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, peach/mango, secondary spice hops, wood/grain. Taste is whiskey, sweet medium malt-caramel/brown sugar, , peach/mango, secondary spice hops, wood/grain, alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
adnielsen (10427) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Dark red violet appearance with a reddish white head. Moderate whiskey, red fruity, malty, slightly boozy nose. Somewhat boozy, moderate whiskey, well carbonated, quite malty flavor with hints of red fruits. Pretty flavorful but I find it a little strong and boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2011
25.4 oz bottle. The last in the line-up (actually finished with a 09 Dark Lord) for my 5th consecutive Father’s Day/US Open barleywine tasting with my friend Dan, joined for the first time by my two daughters and the boyfriend. Cloudy brown with beige bubbles. Nose is caramel, vanilla and whiskey. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is candi and whiskey. Finishes with slightly burnt sugar and grass. Pretty simple for a barrel aged brew.

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