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RATINGS: 439   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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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.


3.8
   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.

3.7
   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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7896) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4501) - 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.

3.7
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1640) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kcdoom (18) - merriam, Kansas, USA - DEC 12, 2008
2007 edition. Pours amber/copper color. Great nose of hops and sweetness. High in ABV, but not overwhelming. Little head due to the brilliant oak aging. Very hoppy and sweet, but very drinkable. A great take on a true barleywine.
Earlier Rating: 12/12/2008 Total Score: 4.1
2007 edition. pours a nice copper color with an aroma of sweetness and hops. The beer is definately oak aged, little head but plenty of flavor. Hoppy with a great sweetness to this beer. High in ABV. A great interpretation of a true barleywine.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2008
Pours a dark ruby brown in color. Not much head if any at all on the pour. Smell is all malts and a good amount of toffee. Still a surprisingly big amount of hops coming through in the nose. Taste is the same, with a bitterness and dominant flavor coming from the hops. I expected the barrel aging to minimize this effect but it was still there and forefront. Decent beer, but I prefer the Enlgish Barleywine style with much less hops.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Not too shabby for a barleywine. Pours a dark orange color. Aroma is wood, vanilla, dark fruit, a touch of yeast, and booze. Flavor is a nice mix of malt, yeast, and hops, supported with plums, clove, spice, sugar, vanilla, and wood. Too much booze, in both the aroma and the flavor, just kind of overpowers everything. I would like to grab another and age it. Maybe my rating in a year will be higher.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Thanks to tjthresh and Ughsmash for sending me a bottle of this. Hazy burnt orange color with a smallish head. Aroma of brown sugar, wood, nuts, sherry and raisins. Semi-sweet flavor with a nice, sherry-like dry finish.


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