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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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To commemorate our 3rd year anniversary we brewed this hearty wheat barley wine with piloncillo sugar and aged it for 4 months in Appleton rum casks. The result is something special; layers of caramel, molasses, toasted malt, oak and warmth. Cheers!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2013
5 oz pour on tap at the Milwaukee Brew Pub (Chicago, IL). Pours a deep amber brown hue, darker with orange copper glow on the edges, some nice haziness, richer deep glow on the edges. A frothy beige head atop dies to a firm film, laces well. Aromas are sticky malts, gentle estery fruit. Banana and apple, gentle pear meet caramel, toffee, and biscuits. Sticky sweet meets barrel, vanilla, gentle spice, gentle yet growing spirit. Sweeter rum influence. Flaked wheat, caramel, barrel tannins and sweetness. Initial is medium bodied, a bit more girthy with sticky malts, caramel and apple, estery fruit, toffee, and some richer banana. Fruity, sweet, middle shows some barrel. Toffee, carmelization, and sticky malt. Vanilla, oak, and firm spirit influence come into play as we delve in further. Rum flavors, sweeter, a touch spicy. Itís a bit hot, harsh, and sweet.. But the barrel itself seems to play well with the base itself. A bit thinner into the back where the heat picks up, tannic and hot spirit influence. The beer goes from sweet and sticky to a bit of a mess on the backend. Perhaps some age will improve this. I can see others liking it quite a bit. For me, itís certainly big, the rum influence makes itís presence felt into back and finish. A bit sticky and oxidized at times. Some oranges, paper, and caramel malts. Fruity esters stick around. An oddity. Itís not bad, but itís weird. A solid barrel aged experiment in the least.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (5654) - Utah, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle shared at RBWG
Appearance: Cloudy dark amber with a small off-white head
Sweet malts, brown sugar and ripe fruit
Decent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (5160) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle purchased at Aficionadoís and sampled at Kurtís Blarneywine tasting on 3/16/13. Clear reddish copper pour with a medium tan head. Aroma consists of malt, rum, roast and light hop. Malty and caramelly flavor with rum and light chocolate before a sweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (5039) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle during RBWG Lobby Share. Pours a cloudy copper with small beige head. The aroma is caramel and brown sugar. Medium mouth with dark fruits, brown sugar, very sweet, good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4606) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Thanks to the kind soul who shared this at a recent Tampa Weekly Tasting. Pours a hazy copper with a white head. Nose is wood, rum, booze, dates, plums, sugar, and hints of molasses. Flavor is similar: wood, rum, dates, plums, booze, sugar and lots of nice barleywine flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (4319) - Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle shared at weekly Tampa gathering, poured a deep cloudy amber rown color with aromas of brown sugar, dark fruits, light cherry, some oak and a touch of vanilla. Flavors foow suit, smooth and light on the palate a great beer overall the abv wilm sneak up on you.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (4105) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle - thanks much to jlanning215! Pours clear chestnut with a small tan head that slowly dissipates leaving decent lacing. Aroma is toffee, rum, molasses. Flavor is quite strong rum overlying rich malty toffee and molasses. Woody notes prominent, along with some astringence. Medium sweet, light bitter. Strong warming finish - this is really an ABV forward beer. Nice, but would actually prefer to have the barrel pulled back just a bit.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (4008) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2013
651mL at the RBWG after party in the middle of the hotel lobby thanks to b3shine. Pours hazy amber with a small off white head. Nose is sweet and rummy, light wheat. Flavor is a bit on the hot side, more sugary sweetness. I donít much care for big sweet american barleywines so this not a surprise that I didnít love this.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonkeyBra (3646) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
750 ml bottle crushed with the dude. Pours a dirty brown color with almost no head. Big sweet aroma of tons of booze, rum, sweet malt notes, vanilla and barrel notes. Flavor is sweet with big booze notes. Fruity sweetness, barrel notes. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Finishes boozy. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Draft at the 3rd year anniversary party. Will have to re-rate a bottle in a few months. Pours a hazed orangey gold with a sticky white head. Nose is big. Faint citrus and a hit of molasses, rich malty sweetness and booze. Sharp alcohol in the nose overall. Clean fermentation, though. On tasting, it is on the hot side with aggressive alcohol prickling the palate. Could use a touch more body. The rum notes are more subdued on the palate but do offer some raisin notes. An interesting beer that should mellow nicely in the bottle in a few months time.


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