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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Goodgrief (1994) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Poured a golden color with a frothy white colored head. Lacing pretty good. Aroma of string oak, pineapple, and faint roast. Flavor of strong pineapples, toasted oak for sure, cloying and sticky, honey, the most pineapples in any beer ever - and that is not a positive statement for sure. Chardonnay beer right here with complete unattractiveness, all bad, mead blend. Mouthfeel has some carbonation but not enough to breakup the sticky nastiness. A complete and total failure. Did they add sugar?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a crystal clear, orange colored body with a copper-gold tint. Finger-width, creamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is really nice. Lots of oak and Nelson Sauvin hops with plenty of pineapple and some grapefruit resins. Solid caramel malt with a good amount of vanilla, some toast, and toffee. Flavor is a bit sweet up front with a good amount of slightly tart, resiny pineapples. Lots of oak, sweeter honey, vanilla, caramel, and some pepper. Finishes very dry and oaky with a nice vanilla-caramel sweetness before a somewhat resiny, moderate hop bitterness comes in. Pretty full, smooth body with a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really nice, bold flavored, pretty impressive barley wine. Very oaky, but well hopped with lots of pineapple and grapefruit resins as well as a solid vanilla caramel. This hides the alcohol very well and drinks quite nicely. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2587) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Copper with ring head. Honey and mild sweet citrus aroma. Honey sweet peaches and oranges with medium assertive citrus hop and some straight-up alcohol but not unpleasant. Not trying to be very complex but still a nice sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, grapefruit, hop oil, lychee, light oak, a hint of pineapple, and a bit of alcohol. Poured amber in color with a small, off-white head that disappeared quickly, except for around the edges. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Odd flavor is medium sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, butter, lychee, light oak, hop oil, yeast, alcohol, vanilla, and citrus. Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, heavily biter, butter, hop, lychee, yeast, alcohol finish is lightly dry. 11.5%ABV is noticeable and a bit hot throughout. Just seems an unbalanced mess of hops, malt, oak, and butter. Not really a barleywine or IIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (3018) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 24, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2011 Bomber from BevMo. Light amber in color. Aroma is mostly of hops with a hint of sweetness. Strong oak up front with some alcohol. Some peppery hops. A little bit of sweetness. Easy sipper for the abv, but fairly boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Orange/gold pour. Alcohol is the first thing I smell followed by oak, honey, caramel. Flavor is sweet, woody, toffee, boozy finish.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (5648) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Wow, weird. Very pale for a barleywine. And the smell is crazy. Tons of tree, but in a not good way. The flavor is okay, but the aroma is terrible to me. I am shocked that I am giving this the lowest score of these four new beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Pours a nice transparent red with a sticky off white head. Aroma is Papaya, Grapefruit, Spices, Hops, Oaky Tannins, malt. Flavor is oak, tannins, hops, burnt sugar, grapefruit, pineapple. Bitterness from oak, and hops is enjoyable. Body is slightly syrupy and the alcohol burn is coated by all of the complexities in the finish. Well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Light amber pour with a tan head. Aroma is pineapple hops, light alcohol and a little oak. Taste is fruity, woody, burnt sugar and alcohol. Nice complex flavor. Like to see how it ages.

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