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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine

Some of us have it and some of us donít. You know what weíre talking about. That quintessential mark of a true man of beer legend, the very badge of the great brew masters the world over. Around here, we call it beard envy. And like this robust beer, it speaks volumes with words like ďPut that razor down and take a drink.Ē With flavors of toffee, raisins and dark fruit accentuated by vanilla and a hint of bourbon balanced by the resinous pine notes of Chinook hops, this barrel-aged barley wine masterwork is as bold and hearty as the beards we salute.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hman43 (1198) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2014
There is strong aroma of caramel, biscuit, and molasses. It is a deep amber brown color with almost no head to speak of. There is a strong taste that resembles molasses, malted flavors, with a strong bitter sting at the end. Itís a little more lively with the carbonation than most barley wines Iíve had, but overall itís good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5628) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2014
12oz bottle thanks to TBS. Poured a deep burnt orange/brown under a smaller dense foamy beige head. Aroma is sweet, molasses, toffee, caramel, raisin, oak and vanilla. Thick chewy body with soft to average carbonation and a very dry finish. Flavor really has the oak dominating throughout and the sweeter notes drying out. Dried out caramel, vanilla candies, dried bread crusts, citrus and some nuts. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybercat (5165) - Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Growler. Sample I got fizzed a fair amount, so have a thirsty towel at the ready. Pours a dark sepia that fades to golden amber at the bottom. Strong aroma is quite sweet, with notes of caramel and brandy and a woody hint. Flavor has caramel, fruity and woody notes - and a strong, but not too fierce, alcohol bite. Smooth texture is fairly viscous and fizzy. Donít be(ard) envious, drink one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1964) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy, dark brown, with a thin, tan head. Immense butter toffee and coffee, lots of oak, with some notes of bitter orange peels, vanilla, and some earthy hops. Heavy body, sticky, and very hard. Overall, this is a nice, boozy, and relatively hoppy barley wine. Overly bitter, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8180) - Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle to snifter (shared by jmborggren). Looks good; a translucent caramel with thin lacing somewhere between off-white and light beige. Smells solid; sweet malt, caramel, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (12890) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2014 Bottle - Oak, caramel and molasses. Clear dark caramel with a rich beige head. Buttery pecan, oak and dark sugars. A bit burnt and boozy in the finish, but for this price I am not going to complain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #163. Bottle shared by TBS at the Downtown Inn Saturday PM Bottle Share. Pours a clear dark amber color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee, citrus hops, herbal hops, whiskey, raisin. The taste is toffee, smoke, raisin, citrus, whiskey. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pfc514 (125) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Pours dark brown/ruby into a snifter. Less than a finger of beige head. Aroma belies the taste. Bourbony and malty. Super tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle shared during RBWG. Reddish tan pour. Toffee and fruit esters in the nose. A toffee heavy barleywine with slight cherry tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle on second bus at RBWG. Pours amber brown with off white head. Nose and taste of bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee and vanilla. Medium body.

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