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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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In November of 2010, we filled 1 Jack Daniels and 1 Heaven Hill Rye Whiskey barrel with our Barleywine (Institutionalized). The combination of these two unique barrels yield a very rich and complex finished product. Deep aromas and flavors of dark stone fruits, bourbon, molasses, toasted coconut and vanilla come in waves as you swirl this beer in the snifter.

Future releases, especially the first bottle release saw this offering aged exclusively in Woodford Reserve barrels. This is noted for the 2012 December Release, but will not be seperated out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwood04 (4172) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 15, 2014
22oz bottle (Straight Jacket) in a tulip. Pours very deep brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of bourbon and oak, some caramel and toffee and nuttiness and light chocolate from the malts, vanilla, floral hops, light molasses, and hints of alcohol. Flavor the same with an incredible blend of it all. Thick texture. A really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (1829) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
2 ounce bottle pour at SAVORís Friday night session, labeled as Straight Jacket. Pours a dark caramel brown with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, bourbon. Tasting notes of caramel, toffee, bourbon, dark fruit. Medium body with a dry and warm finish. Paired nicely with some sticky toffee pudding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
48FanInCali (747) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
2012 bomber - totally legit. Dark brown pour with not much head. Nose of caramel, toffee, sweet malt, vanilla, and a hint of booze. Taste follows the nose. Some wood and mild back end bitterness. Very well crafted. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (3896) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle thanks to Bruce. Pours a cloudy brown with medium frothy white head. The aroma is strong caramel, oak, and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel with nice candy sugar, light oak, booze. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MotherBrother (766) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2014
I didnít know what to expect about this, but damn this was a tasty surprise. Pour is dark mohogany with a brown/red hue, and a small tan head. Aroma is big ní bold, with banana, toffee, caramel, vanilla, plenty of wood, bourbon. A ton of woody notes actually... The taste is pretty darn sweet, which suits this beer perfectly. Full bodied, with a semi-flat carbonation. Thanks a lot to Mr. Dunt for sending this out my way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2014
Appearance: The body has velvety haze in the deep garnet body. A short tan head rises for a moment from the body.
Aroma: The aroma hints at a lot, dried fruits, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, coconut, oak and a chocolate. Boy thereís a lot going on here! The aroma is slightly restrained, but in a good way.
Taste: Oh this is a big beer, but it barely drinks like it. Big caramel and brown sugar on the intro. The mid-taste picks up vanilla, oak, and a prominent flat cola flavor as bourbon is hinted. The finish picks up bourbon with hints of spice. A touch of tannins in noticed with dried prunes throughout. The finish reminds me of rum and coke in a way. Thereís little in the way of booze despite being 13%. The booze warms the throat, but in a pleasing way.
Palate: Full-bodied, nearly chewy, with mild carbonation.
Overall: Iím impressed with how well this hides the alcohol. The flavor is big, complex and nicely balanced between the flavors. This really has a lot going on though, very nicely done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (2330) - Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2014
Bottle: A little over one year old. Basically opaque, a dingy shade of copper with a light earth colored head that turns into a relatively chunky layer of foam & a sizable collar. Aroma is wonderful; tons of sweet caramel & toffee syrup drizzled over a dark fruit bouquet of prunes, raisins, & sticky dates. Mid-whiff brings plenty of vanilla, wood & mild fudge notes, as the bourbon sits quietly in the periphery. Taste is nearly as lovely with a huge peanut brittle-like flavor, layered with toffee, sticky brown sugar, molasses, woody vanilla, & bursts of cocoa dust. Mild, dried dark fruit character comes alive with warmth, as does the bourbon... Plenty of belly warming booze to go around, though it never becomes cumbersome. Thick, somewhat sticky & coating finish. This is a great barleywine; top-tier, hitting hard on all cylinders.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2177) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
Bottle thanks to tectactoe for sharing. Labeled as Straight Jacket now. Pours a cloudy copper-rust color with a small fizzy head. Aromas are rich butterscotch and toffee, big vanilla, some oak, and candied fruit. Tastes delcious with rich butterscotch and toffee nicely balanced with vanilla, fruit candy, and bourbony finish. Medium to thick body. Stick, syrupy mouthfeel. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (5073) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Courtesy of tectactoe

Bottle: The aroma consists of buttery toffee, caramel, fruit, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thin ring. The flavor starts with caramel, buttery toffee, and a hint of brown sugar. The finish has vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Itís medium-full bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NotoriousJ (39) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Pretty good brarleywine bourbon overpowers the barley wine it is 13.2% so that's a positive ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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