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RATINGS: 339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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.


2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
monkeychugg55 (830) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rhsiung (685) - 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?

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BigBeer45 (1237) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2166) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2011
shared bomber on 11/25/11. deep orange pour with a small white head. big oak nose with light citrus and sweet malts. medium body with oak, vanilla, caramel malt, light fruit and sugar. semi-dry finish with a bit of alcohol, oak, vanilla and dark fruits.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4195) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2011
This poured a murky dark orange color with a beige head. Aroma was lots and lots of oak, mainly creme and pineapple notes, with sweet honey and malt. Flavor was very sweet, almost cloying, lots of pineapple again and creamy malomars. Interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2011
bottle, orange color with soapy foam, nice toffee and tropical fruit aroma, flavor is quite buttery with some juicy fruit and malty bready notes, surprisingly good

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dinkle50 (943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Blonde color in the glass with a single finger head that faded quick. Smell is citrus and fruit. A little sugar in there too. Super thick, syrupy mouth feel. Super strong alcohol finish. Taste has some toffee in there & pineapple. This has quite a bit of flavor for being so strong. After taste is kind of oaky. I think this is pretty well done, but not the best.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3298) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottle; poured a dull amber/gold color with a rather large off white head. ARoma of fruit, BO, earth, oak, and yeast/sugar. Pretty sweet and fruity initially in the flavor. Some hints of pineapple. A bit cloying overall, and palate was almost too rich. Still it had some good moments and the flavor wasn’t overally bad. Alcohol was well hidden.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
legion242 (2157) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Poured a clear, golden colour with a thick white head that quickly faded to leave nice lace. Very, very hot with the alcohol.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Goodgrief (1766) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Ick. Golden pour, frothy head. Sweet oaky aroma. Tons of oak and a terrible artificial pineapple flavor...like cheap Halloween candy melted down and infused into beer. Just ungodly sweet. Storm sewer (I’m outside) pour.


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