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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Rich, malty body with caramelized character and hints of raisins, nuts, and figs. Pairings: fruit crisps, crème brulee, salted caramels, slow-roasted meats.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (11431) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle shared at chriso’s Post-GBBF 2014 Tasting - London. Pours clear amber with a bubbly white head. Toffee on the nose, light butterscotch, ripe fruits. Big sweet flavor, boozy, with some buttery toffee and rich fruits. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Gooey semi-dark sugars on the finish with present booze, buttery toffee, rich ripe fruits. So so.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10841) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Poured clear dark copper color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy bourbon, dark fruit and sweet malt aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit sweet bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy sweet alcohol finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9270) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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%!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (8563) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8310) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6298) - 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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (5003) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4931) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate caramel, fruit/raisin, vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, and light oak. It pours a transparent dark copper with a small off-white head that eventually fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. There is some dotted lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy caramel, toasted brown sugar, fruit, and light raisin. The finish has molasses, vanilla, bourbon, and light wood. It’s full bodied with a rather sticky mouthfeel and mild carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4193) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (3837) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Pours brown, ruby, with a short ivory head. Aroma is strong....raisins, vanilla, malt, nuts. Flavour is sweet and BIG...malt, caramel, raisin, vanilla....nearly candied.... Nice bourbon and oak tones. Bready...boozy. Very good, if just a liiiitle too sweet.


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