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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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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.

Note: 750ml BOTTLED VERSION

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


3.9
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (5581) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9411) - 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.

2.4
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11659) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle shared by GT2. Pours clear mahogany with a medium, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, caramel, toast, cookie), average hops (perfume, floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of whiskey, oak, and dates. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, caramel, toast, cookie), average hops (perfume, floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of whiskey, oak, and dates. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a sweet texture and dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (6248) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2011
Courtesy of Jeff

Bottle: The aroma consists of whiskey with a touch of vanilla and some heat. It pours a orangish-brown with a thin off-white ring for a head. The flavor starts with caramel and vanilla. The finish ia all whiskey and is a tad hot. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a soft mouyhfeel. Never had the base beer, but hints of caramel are all I can assume remains from the original beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s
Cloudy amber color; almost no head. Aroma of malt, apple skins, butter; light alcohol. Medium-sized body, with a rather boozy malt flavor, caramel, light flavor of sweet liquorice too; the alcohol is indeed too evident. And it lacks the expected sweetness. Unbalanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (21632) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty and slightly vinous dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty woody dark fruit flavor with hints of vanilla. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit and vanilla finish with hints of wood in the aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (12845) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle shared by jcwattsrugger. Purplish brown. White head. Nose of plum, toffee, mango, funk, old muted nutmeg, caramel and wood. Taste is brown sugar, whiskey barrel, plum, toffee, vanilla and light grain alcohol.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (15203) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
A: The pour is almost flat and pours a murky orange-amber color. I don’t see any foam/head at all. S: This is a damn boozy beer. The nose is almost completely dominated by the whiskey aroma. In fact, that, coupled with the intense oakiness, brings out an almost sour aroma. Strangely, I get a bit of pineapple and maybe some green apple. T: There is a bit of bread, toffee, and caramel here. It’s decently sweet, but the whiskey aroma once again absolutely overwhelms this beer. Tons of oak and maybe a hint of vanilla. M: The body is medium with a very, very low level of carbonation. D: Kind of disappointing and difficult to drink with all the booze going on.


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