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RATINGS: 105   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle… Farewell to ibrew2or3… Pours clear and dark amber with a small, off-white head. The bouquet delivers raw oak, caramel, toffee and a nuance of fuzzy fruit. Medium to full-bodied with a sticky, fatty mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor is thin, but well-bittered and certainly high octane with lots of whiskey flavor. Boozy, watery finish. Bottle courtesy of markwise!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (5141) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Thanks to boamr for this one in trade. Sampled at IBrew2or3’s going away party. Pours a caramel/ amber color with a white head. Nose is caramel, toffee, whiskey, vanilla, cherries, wood, brown sugar, and nice aromatic sweetness. Flavor is sweetness with bits of oak, caramel and toffee, vanilla, cherry, cherry pits, and a lovely balance. Medium-bodied and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2011
transparent red-nut brown, large cream bubbles. Bubblegum, ethanol, caramel malt, lots of heat in the finish. Yuck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonusWagner (2010) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Pushes a little too hard on the whiskey pedal. Really, really sweet and tough to drink in any quantity, has some decent flavor but lackluster in comparison to some of the other beers sampled yesterday.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Thanks again Markwise. I don’t think the whiskey did this one justice, that being said, still well worth putting in my mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours a mostly clear deep amber with a reddish hue, small off white head left some decent lacing. Nose held faint herbal hops, caramel malts, some dry barrel character. Light wood tannins on the palate, pretty tasty and not overly heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (5795) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle: Poured a light copper color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention and limited lacing. Aroma of clear whiskey notes with light warming alcohol and sweet malt notes. Taste is a bit too sweet for my taste with some warming alcohol notes and rounded edge from the barrel-aging. Body is about average with OK carbonation and light alcohol notes. Limited complexity with too much sweetness and good barrel–aging notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
750mL. First Nebraska rate! The pour is a clear, deep amber with loads and loads of particulate. Small, tan lace. Aroma is buttery bourbon, vanilla, rich toffee and caramel. Taste is sweet, dark cherry, spicy alcohol/boozy, nice bourbon/coconut, gets a little sickly sweet. Palate is thinner, watery. Reminds me of bourbon on the rocks.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Massively barrel heavy nose with lots of sugar. The taste is very sweet, heavy barrel, boozy. Too sweet and fat too much barrel.

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