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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (1390) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Draft at Moriartys. Clear deep amber with a honey colored head that left some lace. Very rich and sweet. Lots of oak notes. Noble hops. Good first impression but it finishes poorly and develops an odd taste as it warms.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (716) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2013
This started very nice but did not finish well. However, I may have needed to keep it colder. It had a nice aroma of fruits, wheat, grains and alcohol. The color was beautiful at a light copper with a small head. The taste reminded me of apple, spice, pale grains and alcohol. As it got warmer though the tastes did not blend and it was hard to finish. Nice barley wine but it packs a punch.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jbruner (1983) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Pours a clear golden copper on tap with thin ring of white lacy head. Aroma is barley and thin maltiness. Taste follows, really not much going on, not sure how this is a bakery wine. A hint of sweetness on the end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2013
22oz bottle, batch 2. Labeled 10%.. Shared with friends over a game of Catan. Mostly clear orange / amber color. Thin kind of bubbly off-white head. Good spread of lace. Nice oaky nose, some citrus. Pineapple in the aroma. More malty taste, kind of biscuity, some vanilla. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly creamy texture. More dry finish. Little bitter, sweet... Some lightly boozy sweetness. Interesting, tasty barleywine. Not as smooth as it could be, though. Still a little sweet warm bite in the finish. I dig the hop profile, though

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EtTuCthulhu (898) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle from Batch No. 3. This brew’s appearance combines a clear orange color and a medium white head that fades quickly to a thin layer on top of the beer, and the aroma is reminiscent of grapefruit, fig, fruity citrus hops, and burnt sugar. The balance of this beer’s taste is phenomenal with its mildly sweet, slightly bitter, and mildly umami flavors, and the mouthfeel fuses a medium body, soft carbonation, long finish, and a oily texture.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnmike (991) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2013
Pretty awesome bomber pour than is a very unique barley wine. Oak is a good thing

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6162) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle. Medium orange-tinted gold, deeper than brass, with a dense light gold head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy, floral fruit, sweet and sugary. Initially I wasn’t crazy about the first few sips, as I think I had presumptions that weren’t met. Specifically, I expected chewy toasty malts, and I was wrong. The malts here are lighter, and the hops are more pronounced. But before the first third of the beer was in my belly, I began to warm up to it, and by the end I loved it and was sad it was over. As I drank it, the floral character came forward, and the pithy dryness became a welcome balance to the candyish, honeyed malts. Best of all, the oak character, with its vanilla and woody undertones, quietly asserted itself as an elegant component. If nothing else, this beer demonstrates how oak can be a nuanced and elegant part of a blonde beer’s structure without dominating or overpowering like many oaked blondes out there (I’m looking at YOU Innis & Gunn!). This beer was like a new band: the first few listens, you’re not sure, but with time, the music becomes familiar and comfortable and eventually you want other people to hear the subtle genius of it. Loved it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wmubronco1992 (589) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours dark honey. Thick white head. Mild sweet fruit & honey aroma. Good lacing. Sweet sticky mouth feel. Overall this was decent, but not all that intriguing to me. Not all that memorable.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kennydiaz (352) - staten island, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Pours a dark clear golden color. Very skunky. I usually like golden ales and oak anything?but I couldn’t get past the skunky smell and taste. Very hard to finish this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (1456) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 25, 2013
Pours a nice golden with soft white head. Nice sweet aromas of honey and citrus. Flavours are sweet honey and citrus, some tropical fruit too. Bitter, piney finish. Very nice beer.


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