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RATINGS: 443   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
This beer is aged on new Missouri oak. The wood has a medium toast, which helps to caramelize the sugars in the oak and adds a nutty character to the beer as it soaks into the wood. Leave the corkscrew in the kitchen drawer and pop open a beer that will reward you with more flavors than most wines can dream of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
750ml bottle, 2007. Nice dark caramel color, had a small white head. Rich malty aroma, dark fruits are very prevelant. Very flavorful, lots of dark fruits here as well, slight oakiness. Very warming as well, great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5690) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle. 2007 Vintage. Translucent copper with a tall foamy, rocky manila colored head. Aroma is wood, vanilla, caramel, cream soda, light hops, fruit, and soft alcohol. Taste is strong wood, caramel, brown sugar, cream soda, vanilla, sweet malts, candy and light alcohol. Almost some rum cake as well. Body is medium-full with sugary stickiness and dense carbonation. The finish brings out more of the wood, rum cake, cream soda and caramel while retaining its sticky sweet combination of candy, fruits and brown sugar. The sweetness is strong but does not cause too much interference with this overall. Rather tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Sampled on 12/12/2008. Sample is from a 2006 vintage bottle. This barley wine pours a deep amber color from a 750ml bottle. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, toffee, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied barleywine. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. There is a hint of oak and wood, which is balanced nicely by the fruitiness. The hops are herbal and earthy. Touch of alcohol hotness. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - DEC 23, 2008
750 into snifter. Hazy dark honey brown with a nice red hue and a big (if poured aggressively) creamy light tan head that laces. Aroma is very sweet with prune, raisins, alcohol, bread, sticky sweet fruit, almost milky, and lots of oak. The flavor is way less in-your-face, but still subtle and good and not overly sweet. MEdium to full body. Overall: good, but maybe just because it came after the not-so-great Raison dExtra.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Amber in color with a small light tan head. Aroma is malty, molasses, light touches of dark fruit and toffee, moderate floral hop presence, light oak, bourbon, a touch of vanilla and alcohol. nice. Taste is fairly easy drinking for a barrel aged barelywine- smooth caramel and molasses, vanilla, mild oak and bourbon. Hops are prevalent but are complientary. Not too boozy. Body is medium to full for the style, mildly coating on the palate. Finishes with lingering oak, vanilla, and malt...light hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
thanks to whomever brought this to the Beer Geek Show & Tell at The Bruery in Dec08. This barleywine is nicely balanced and easy drinking. smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle thanks to wastrinkensie on beer advocate. Pours with an orange body and an off-white head. Aroma has some fruity esters, caramel and alcohol. Taste is oak, caramel and toffee. Smooth and lightly carbonated mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4965) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2008
750ml bottle via trade. Pours a thinner looking reddish/honey brown with a large(well for a BW anyway) foamy light beige head. Aroma of molassess, carael, toffee, light oak, sligh musk and a touch of honey. Medium mouthfeel with a syrupy body that finishes dry and leaves a lingering aftertaste. Flavor of toffee, rum soaked raisins, carboard and alcohol. This one has a great aroma but the palate/flavor are a little too dry for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Pours dark amber, caramel, dark fruits, malty, vanilla, little wood, little hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Pours attractive ruddy brown with no head. Toffee and dried fruit in the nose and flavor, with a bit more caramel in the flavor. Hides the alcohol well.

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