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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Rich, malty body with caramelized character and hints of raisins, nuts, and figs. Pairings: fruit crisps, crème brulee, salted caramels, slow-roasted meats.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9809) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Sample at Daily Growler UA. The beer is clear deep reddish-amber color with a medium white head that recedes quickly to a thin outer ring. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, dark fruit and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, figs and caramel malt. The finish is mildly boozy with a rich malt and bourbon aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (13456) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle shared at Chriso’s post GBBF minidig, 16/08/14. Chestnut brown / dark amber with little in the way of a head. Nose carries prominent bourbon tones, dark toffee fudge, spice, woody booze, vanilla. Taste comprises rich malt, caramel, creme brulee, good dose of bourbonics, rich fruit cake, light spice. Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the close. Decent enough barley wine, doesn’t drink at 12%!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (945) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
2014 12oz bottle. Pours a bright, ruby/caramel with a thin head. Aroma has smooth, sweet notes of bourbon barrel, dark fruits, and caramel. Taste is sweetwr with large notes of caramel, bourbon, dark fruits, a hint of nuts. Full body with a medium carbonation. Pretty clean though slightly syrupy with a dry finish. Overall tasty. Smooth bourbon barrel notes with caramel and dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (6160) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2014
On tap at Black Squirrel’s Michigan beer event during DC Beer Week 2014. Pours a clear amber with some creamy off white head. Nose has some booze, some tropical fruit, caramel, bits of wet coconut, sort of candied pineapple, honey. Flavor is like pineapple upside down cake, caramel, orange, vanilla, booze. Sticky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (11002) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2014
Sampled from bottle @ ChrisO after GBBF day 3. Clear dark orange to red color, average sized off-white to beige head. Aroma is sweetish, dark fruits, raisins, quite strongly vanilla and bourbon. Taste malts, sweetish, raisins, lots of bourbon, lightly vanilla, wood. Full body, medium to full carbonation. Wow, very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5665) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Good showing for style, with candied malt balanced with some florals, a properly subtle barrel injection and light booze. Some light sweet orange. Finishes sweet. Pours clear amber with ok head and lacing. Tap at Black Squirrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1941) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle->snifter. Amber with faint offwhite head. A: caramel malt, dark fruit, syrup, vanilla. T: caramel, sweet brown sugar, raisins, bourbon kick. Smooth with a snap. Chewy. Slight cardboard on the finish, but overall a very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (3576) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2014
On tap at the Daily Growler. Deep orange - brown pour slight off-white ring. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, nutty. Tastes are sweet candied malt, vanilla, Bourbon, oak. Sweetness gets knocked down by the booze balancing everything out for the most part - just a little hot late. Good sipper. 7.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6584) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle:   Reddish caramel, deep, frothy sandy head, little lacing.   Sweet up front, bready, pale breadiness, a touch of mango.   A very malty example of a Barley Wine.   Seems to be a heavier Wheat Wine.   Big rich maltiness, bready, some soft dark pitted fruit, with a touch of tropical fruit.   Fairly full bodied.   Finishes rich, thick, with strong caramel breadiness, some dark pitted fruit.   Bigger than expected.   Thanks Kevin!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerInHeaven (274) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2014
bottle from my boss. Thanks Shawn! Pours a deep copper brown. medium beige head. aroma is strong malt and alcohol. definitely has a bourbon taste with a syrupy finish. High quality, but not my style.

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