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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3732) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Light amber with a good sized beige head. Aroma is slightly floral, alcohol, light pepper, and melon. Taste is of alcohol, malt, caramel, melon, pine, floral.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
poisoneddwarf (1710) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Bomber. "Batch No. 1." Pours a slightly hazy orange--not blonde at all--with a large lacy orange-white head with great retention. Aroma is like moldy oranges, garbage, strong alcohol presence. Taste is bittersweet and boozy with a long bitter finish. Itís too oaky. When I have something oak aged--whether itís beer or wine--I like the flavor subtle, not over the top nasty like this. Carbonation is medium-high. This beer is a total mess. What were they thinking here? Iíve had worse, I think I can finish this at least, but Sam Adams rarely misfires this badly on this big of a scale. Addendum: beer seemed to mellow out and got more drinkable after it warmed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redtechnj (205) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Aperance- Pours a clear, medium orange/copper color with a tall, dense,lasting beige head with good lacing. Aroma- Oak, pineapple, hopps, fruity,grassy. Flavor- Hopps,alcohol, oak,fruity,sweet. medium bitter finish. Some mals and kind of yeasty too. I havenít had many barleywines but this is a very interesting and complex combination of flavors. Definately worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2129) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
650 ml bottle from bevmo. Pours a clear copper with a beige head that soon recedes to a film and shows some minor lacing. The aroma is mild and subtle with oak, pineapple and a bit of hot alcohol. The flavor, like the aroma, features oak, but unlike the aroma, the oak here is not subtle. In addition to oak I get some sawdust, citrus, rock candy, more oak, and a bit of hot alcohol. The palate is full and silky smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering sawdust and is a touch astringent. Overall: A bit boozy, but otherwise a very interesting concoction.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
48FanInCali (724) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Bottle. Very light pour for a BW. Nose was hops, citrus, oak, and malt. Taste was interesting for the style with light fruit the most prevalent. Medium to light hop profile. Glad to see the effort but this one does not do it for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours transparent amber/orange and sports an impressively lace-inducing dense, slightly off-white head. Extremely oaky nose...just a ton of wood with some spicy hop accents. Flavors too are extremely oaky, surprisingly well balanced between hop and malt, though potentially a little more weighed towards being malty than hoppy...but damn, there sure is a hell of a lot of wood character in this beer and for christís sake, for 11.5% abv, this is masterfully smooth and unconvincing. Honestly, at the relatively low price point, the masterful balance, and the big oaky/wood character; this could potentially be Sam Adamís best beer (utopias, etc.. donít count). Nicely done...My only gripe is that itís a touch too sweet for me...but certainly not as bad as a lot of other barley wines...and Iíll take the overly sweet barley wine over the overly aggressive hoppy barleywine, 7.4 times out of 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3762) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2011
wow. this is alcoholic. The nose is definitely pineapple and grapefruit citrus, and some honey notes.The aroma is actually quite pleasant. Flavor brings the alcohol. And the woody tannens and pine hop bitter notes. Definitely smells better than it tastes. Needs age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Pours copper/gold with a white head. Smells of melon, spicy, some oaky hints, cognac, some dark fruit. Tastes of light resin, spicy, some sweet dark fruit, molasses, some vanilla with a warming finish. Much better than the other beers Iíve tried from this series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2011
(Bottle, batch no. 1) Pours a clear orange body with a tall dense off-white head. Aroma of oak, toasted grain, passion fruit, vanilla, lychee, pineapple, and toffee. Flavor of oak, vanilla, toffee, orange, pineapple, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anderson01 (201) - Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Golden-orange in color with a head that decimates in a hurry. Lacing is okay. The aroma consist of caramel. Salt comes out in the aroma. Grapefruit in the taste. There is a piny, gin flavor in this beer. Light- bodied beer with average carbonation. This is a real disappointment to me. This sucks.

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