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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2011
750ml bottle that has been aging for over a year now. thank to foppa78 for sending this my way.... pours a dark, mostly opaque, caramel brown pour with a quicly dissipating light off-white head... aroma has caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, wood, and a lighter whiskey component... flavors were much of the same with an emphasis on dark fruits, caramel, oak while vanilla and whiskey play a lesser role. age must have mellowed the barrel notes down some. body is a tad bit shy of medium with an adequate amount of carbonation. pretty sweet throughout but dies down towards the finish. not bad overall but not one that i would be actively seeking out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10491) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
750ml bottle. Poured a deep amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of whiskey, woody/oakines, vanilla, caramel, and maple. Tastes of whiskey, vanilla, caramel, maple, brown sugar, wood, and dark fruits. I would say the whiskey is on the heavier side (but I like whiskey). Alcohol there but overall smooth for 11+%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2487) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
750 ml bottle. First new beer of 2011 for me !! Pours a deep sandy brown caramel color with a small bubbly off white-light beige head. Aroma of alcohol, whiskey, oak wood, vanilla and dark brown sugars. Taste of whiskey notes, oak wood, vanilla and candied sugar. Sinus clearer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2010
750ml Bottle (10.8%ABV per the Bottle, though their press release says 11.3%ABV): Aroma of alcohol, whiskey, light vanilla, tannins, oak, slight dark ripe fruit, and more whiskey. Poured deep amber/brown in color with a small to medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan head that greatly diminished and only lasted as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Cloudy. Not sparkling. Full of tiny, small, and medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of whiskey, oak, alcohol, light vanilla, spicy wood, and slight dark ripe fruit. Medium body. Kinda thin texture. Average carbonation. Whiskey, oak, light vanilla, and alcohol finish is lightly dry. Despite the flavor and aroma of alcohol throughout, it is not hot or overbearing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Big bottle brought back by a friend that visited Nebraska on a business trip. Dark mahogany with a full white head. Little to no carbonation. Sweet nose of raisins and prune given balance by a dry malt, some wood, and hints of alcohol. The flavor is sweeter, showing alcohol again but also more prune, wood, brown sugar, and dates. Warming and silky, rich and balanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (8978) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2010
750 from CAH. Pours turbid muddy brown with minimal yet clingy off-khaki head. Nose is huge oaky, bourbony, with big malt, brown sugar, spice, yeast, and hops. Big bold complex nose. Tastes very oaky, malty, spirity, with a big earthy peaty base flavor, some backup molasses, hops, brown sugar, spice, and yeast, and an absolkutely thick, rich, dense, and amazingly complex palate and flavor. This one kicks major ass, and lightweights need not apply.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2010
bottle. someone shared this at the Freetail La Muerta release. Pours a cloudy, reddish amber with white bubbles in lieu of head. Nose was of bourbon and fingernail polish remover and shoe polish. Taste was of bourbon and malt. Mouthfeel was medium and creamy, with some bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5569) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2010
750. Does not look like a barley wine. Light head. Big taste of whiskey and vanilla. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle:   Dark caramel, thick haze, moderate sudsy off-white head, clingy lacing.   Strong whiskey nose, vanilla, wood, and chocolate covered cherries on the nose.   Whoa, that is some serious whiskey flavors right up front, woody, bright, with a backside full of hot caramel and toffee.   How long was this stuff in the barrel?   Better yet, who added whiskey to my Barley Wine?   I enjoy both, but wow, this one is pretty hot and whiskey forward.   Malty, but not heavy.   Not much hop going on with this one.   Fairly alcoholic and warming.   Seems to me rather than Barley Wine aged in whiskey, its whiskey with some minor amounts of Barley Wine added!   The underlying Barley Wine is just a shell of this one.   Not a big Barley Wine by any means, but the whiskey just exemplifies whats there, and in this case actually takes it over.   This could have been a Doppelbock or IIPA as the whiskey would have just about shot the underlying beer out of the park.   While I enjoyed this, with the body and mouthfeel being full to moderate, I thought it was a little too sided on the whiskey front.   A Barley Wine with some hints of whiskey would be ideal, not the other way around.   Still enjoyable tho, at least for me because I do enjoy whiskey.   Thanks to the amazing drfabulous (Jeff) for this interesting whiskey infused with Barley Wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2010

Bottle 750ml.

Unclear medium to dark orange brown color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, alcohol - whisky, dried fruit, light roasted. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration, caramel, whisky, alcohol warm, soft caramel, light salty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20101024]

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