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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (1944) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
Thanks cards04 for this one. There’s a nice hoppiness to the aroma, in addition to sweet honey citrus notes. Taste is not quite as intense as the flavour but still sweet and flavourful. Quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (3672) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013. clear golden with a foamy/rocky white head. Aroma is dank hoppy with notes of grapefruit rind, greasy hippie, and earthy pine resin with a slight Belgian blonde malt undertone. Flavor was really balanced between hoppy bitterness and calming sweetness. And full bodied. Nice Belgian pale malt sweetness with a bit of dustiness and a little caramel sweetness mix with grassy and floral American hop tones and a touch of grapefruit rind to finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badhack (277) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2013
I remember this being an enjoyable beer, loved the touch of pineapple and otherwise a moderately flavored beer but not in alcohol of which there is plenty. I recall a wheat taste but not mentioned on the label.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StouterRick (32) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Apparently, this beer was originally released at 11.5% A.V.B, this batch is at 10%. Although that’s not a big difference, the higher alcohol level may have helped to enhance the Oak flavor a bit. The oak taste still combines with the malts and the New Zealand hops pretty well. The alcohol presence is certainly there but it’s not overbearing. As an American style Barley Wine goes, I prefer Sierra Nevada’s Big Foot, but this is actually pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (1693) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 4, 2013
On tap 4 oz. pour at Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights, Washington, DC. Clear, bright red-orange with off-white head and very good lacing. Aroma of cloves, lemon, light fruit and sweet malt. Taste of cloves, lemon, caramel, floral hops, oak and light pine. Medium/full body and medium/high carbonation. This beer has a nice mouthfeel, but is otherwise not very robust for a barleywine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adeishaqra (40) - - MAR 3, 2013
Fruit in the nose, but weak. Flat on the palate. Sticky. Not enough fruit on the tongue. Drinks more like a blonde ale...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mittenator (1090) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bomber. I'm a big barleywine fan but this one still has training wheels. Odd, sticky and kind of bland.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maekchu (1756) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2013
Bomber. Batch 1. Maybe a year old or slightly more. Smooth floral aroma, creamy and buttery; fresh and vanilla-like oak notes, not too strong. Thick dark honey color. Rich sweet caramel and toffee / fruit emerges in mid palate: stewed peaches and pears / lots of oak and dark sugar in finish / very warming. Medium-heavy body. Vert nice, well-balanced stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
timfoolery (1123) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Bottle at Fernando's. Aroma and flavor of some fresh hop (floral), some maltiness, and almost like a wheat taste. Palate was nice. Pretty good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
EithCubes (4625) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bomber, batch no. 2. Juicy hops stumbling and fumbling right out of the neck, citrus and some jammy fruit, sure, but the oak/vanilla/bourbon dominates everything else. Light copper-orange pour, transparent, with a dense and richly creamy beige head (miniscule bubbles, lacing, really quite a meringue to look at). Taste hits right up front with the supercharged oak, vanilla and edgy wood; fades to alcohol and light numbness, there’s a little hop citrus and minorish bland caramel but really there’s nothing else here but the barrel aging. Warming is slow, long, and gradual, really a pleasant spreading experience, quite classy and refined if overenthusiastic alcohol. Despite the heavy etoh presence, the body is thinnish and passive, quite smooth and packing a bit of spice (again, bourbonous spice rather than yeast- or hop-derived) but an obvious letdown. Scale it back, boys, and let ’er rip again.


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