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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Appearance: Orange under a bread-white head that clings stubbornly to the sides of my glass. Swirls with a few splashes of lace while retaining a full thick head.
Nose: Boozed spiced oaked peaches, apricots, kumquats, aloe, plantains, and guava. Cumin, ginger root, and grains of paradise are sprinkled throughout. Yeasty sourdough bread – kneaded and risen but not yet baked. Greenness in the back of plantain skins and dried herbs. White pepper and oak.
Palate: While the nose was spicy, dry, and mildly sweet, the palate is another story – sweet, sticky, and borderline cloying. Like biting into yeasty sourdough bread risen but not baked (just like the nose) and drizzled with raw honey fresh from the honeycomb. Intense flavor and intense undercurrent of spicy heat. More spice along with oak on the sides. Green aloe plant and cactus in the back of each swallow. Apricots and kumquats on top.
Final Thoughts: An intense and hot brew that could very well do with some ageing to smooth out the rough edges. Also, as much as I enjoyed the individual flavors, they never quite meshed harmoniously.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Sampled in a bomber. A nice brew with a crisp hoppy palate. A good balance of malts. Really smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3747) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
22 ounce bottle into snifter; batch 1, bottled in Fall 2011. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, tangerine, mango, orange zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, clove, oak, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, biscuit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, orange zest, floral, light pine, clove, oak, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, biscuit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, orange zest, oak, clove, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops notes with malts; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a fairly creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barelywine! All around great balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6825) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 17, 2013
Where and how: bottle 660 ml @ tasting
Aroma creamy, slightly alcoholic, hinted vanilla , strong barrel feel. Sweet malts.
Top: mid-sized creamy off-white top.
Base: slightly hazy amber gold.
Palate : decent drinkability, with average carbonation. Medium bodied. Average finish.
Taste: medium intense. Malty with caramel base, barrel feel as in aroma. Noted alcohol heat.
Other notes felt bit simplistic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
My bottle [660ml] shared with jercraigs, mabel & Radek. Batch No. 2. Pours a clear deep golden-orange with an average size frothy off-white head. Some lacing on the glass. Lovely herbal aroma along with caramel malt, vanilla, oak, honey and alcohol. Flavour is fruity and lightly sugary sweet along with light grassy hops and alcohol. Moderate bitter finish. Medium bodied. Surprisingly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9046) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
2013-08-23. Crisp dark yellow body with a small beige head. 3+ Aroma is a bit boozy with notes of oaky vanilla, caramel malt whispers. Flavour is moderately bitter, pale malt core, finish is bitter and fairly alcohol. Average plus bodied palate, modest carbonation. Okay. Bottle, Batch #2, shared by Blankboy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Pours an amber orangish. Good head nice lacing. A bit oaky and very sweet and malty. Some vanilla. Heavy mouthfeel. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Light orange/amber color. Thick, dense white head - almost like the head of a cappuccino. Lives up to the deScription pretty well, with some pineapple, honey, and creme brulee burnt-sugar flavors. The oak aging gives it some additional vanilla sweetness and mellows the beer, making it less unwieldy than most barleywines I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 31, 2013
22 oz. bomber. Pours deep hazy golden with a tinge if orange. White creamy head with pretty good lacing. Smell is citrusy, banana, vanilla and heavy oak. Taste is complex. Notes of pineapple, orange, oak and roasted malt. Booze burn at the very end but pleasantly offset by the tamed but flavorful hop profile. I love this take on a barley wine. A lighter malt without all of the dark fruit characteristics, but more citrus notes and the oak adds to the complexity while blending nicely with the perfect amount of hops. Sam Adams has put out some stinkers in recent years, but this is one that I really admire, and will look forward to drinking again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3961) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2013
(bottle - 22 oz) Slightly hazy orange pour with a thin white head. Sweet malt aroma with some light hints of oak and vanilla from the aging. Very sweet flavor at the start. Lots of malts with that vanilla twinge coming up after that. Some light citrus and hop bitterness at the end. Really smooth and warming.

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