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RATINGS: 346   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Small Batch Series: From the aroma and notes of sweet honeysuckle, pineapple, and grapefruit, to richer hints of burnt sugar, and toffee, this intriguing brew is full of complex flavors. The distinct character of toasted oak adds depth and contrasts the light fruit sweetness. This unique take on a barleywine ale surprises with its smoothness and balance of fruit, hop citrus, and warming strength.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (983) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2011
The body of the beer was clear, and burnt orange in color, which was a few shades lighter than most beers of the style. Carbonation appeared rapid, and formed a two finger thick head in the tulip glass. The aroma of the beer was extremely disappointing. I was expecting a hop assault like Bigfoot or Old Guardian, but instead this was just a bit of honey smell, and very mild one at that. The taste revealed this beer to be on the sweet side of spectrum. i could detect toffee, caramel, and honey. There just weren’t a lot of hops added to contribute to flavor profile. There was peppery bite and some wood notes in the finish. The body appeared a bit runny, and did not have the richness I had hoped for. This was a disappointment for an oak barrel aged Barleywine from a big brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3972) - - DEC 4, 2011
bottle. a little nervous about this 11.5% monster on a sunday afternoon. pours a clear orange under a small white head. nose of light colored fruits like pear and pineapple with no alcohol and very faint floral hop. flavor is big on coconut, vanilla, pineapple. low hop flavors. i get a tropical feel from this. toasted oak must add the coconut notes. full body. abv is tame in the flavor. pretty cool BW.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
The aroma is malty with vanilla and oak. The appearance is light orange amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall this is a very good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (3076) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
This beer has a strong alcohol flavor, but that the problem. Its strenght gives off a lack of flavor. A slight bit of malt and a decent amount of hops. But it faults at the overall flavor. Strong but not much else

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 4, 2011
(22 oz. bottle (Batch 1) Bootleggers) Pours bright, lightly hazy orange-amber with a hint of red. Two and a half fingers of lightly amber off-white head. Aroma of toffee and caramel with hints of grapefruit and pine. Mouthfeel fairly smooth and full but not much texture (filtered?). Flavor of honey-caramel and toffee. Medium-bitter bite in finish. Licorice-like note on back end. OK but pretty simple and relatively boring for a barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
I liked this far more than I expected to, given my general dislike of barley wines. Appearance was dark amber, very clear, but viscous enough to trap the bubbles; small tan head, good lacing. Nose had notes of citrus; did they use American hops? Great full palate. Taste of citrus, oak, fruit, hops, malts. Only minus is the high alcohol content, which leaves me quite incapable of an appropriately detailed review.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10842) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with a large, frothy white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is pineapple, lime, and tropical hops, fruity esters, oak, caramel and honey malt with vanilla notes. Flavor is malt dominant with caramel notes, oak, vanilla, toffee, tropical hops, spicy alcohol and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
monkeychugg55 (966) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Very clear copper-orange with a small white head. The aroma has strong oak, with tropical fruit, creme brulee and, rich, sweet caramel. The flavor is extremely sweet, with fruity syrup, alcohol, and a long oaky finish. I think they hopped this with sugar cubes it’s so sweet. Thick body with syrupy mouthfeel, abrasive carbonation, and a hot finish. Not quite what I hoped for. Not sure if I’ll make it all the way through this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rhsiung (1200) - USA - DEC 2, 2011
sweet! :-) i could drink this all night. i don’t care for the shape of the bottle, though. has anyone used wine bottles for beer?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BigBeer45 (1336) - Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Bottle, sampled in aGulden Draak tulip and a large Brandy glasses, this ale had a clear red-orange ‘copper’ pour and provided a two to three initial faint off-white head, the glass had an abundance of effervescence the bubbles were flowing just about everywhere, and left spots and fingers of lacing on the glass, there was no sediment in the bottle, there were aromas of pine, grassy and floral hops with hop resin in the background, some malt sweetness and caramel, light bread, and some faint honey, orange pith and light grapefruit citrus fruit in the background, at times, the alcohol and pine resin reminded me of pine sap, the hops were almost herbal like after while, this beer had flavors of alcohol, bread, grass and pine hops (that gave some dryness to the drink), light fruit, citrus and caramel, generous malt sweetness without much flavor, sugar sweetness, and a little grapefruit, the taste of alcohol gave a little sting on the palate, this beer had a thick mouth feel that thins out a bit as it warms, this drink had lots of grassy, pine hops with a little touch of herb on the nose, I did not smell or taste any pineapple in this beer, I guess this beer could be a ok Winter Warmer type drink, not a great Barley Wine.

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