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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Our 15th Anniversary brew. Bourbon Barrel Aged Euphoria Pale Ale. Rebrewed in 2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1849) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2015
Aroma: bourbon, grain and bread malts, caramel. Appearance: hazy, dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: sweets turning up quickly, quite heavy, bourbon flavours dominating, soft carbonation, full body. Overall: very nice APA, though not typical, bourbon cask is way too dominating. Pint at CASK, Aberdeen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (7540) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2015
On tap @ Stout Barrel House, Chicago. Medium golden Amber with a low off white head. Woody caramel, vanilla, and soft fruity hops, traces of pine. Improbably, this worked for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2015
Bottle and served in da snifter : Been aged and confused for so long its not true...

The weirdness that happens when you barrel age an APA but it works for the most part. The booze and light bourbon notes do dominate the base beer but more transformed it into something else. Alas that something else it a bit tame upon the finish. Muddled and mundane mouthfeel and resiny tones. Still it was worth the price of admission and the double waxed bottle ONCE.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
charlotte (4533) - rødovre, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2015
Bottle.Copper colour with medium head.Aroma of vanilla and oak nice fruity of pineapple fruity with bourbon and hops,nice full body with fruity mouth feels and malty sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18734) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty woody caramel hoppy aroma. Fruity malty woody hoppy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty woody hoppy caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neongolden (704) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2015
(Bottle sample at tasting, VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Jan 26 2014) Pours a murky deep red brown with a big off white head and huge lace. Aroma is loads and loads of bourbon barrel and vanilla, toffee, candied orange, light pine. Palate caramel, toffee, orange, earthy, pine, loads and loads of bourbon and vanilla again, and slight char, maybe some mango. Kind of a woody dryness and a bit of hop bitterness. Wood, bourbon, bitterness in the aftertaste. Average body and soft carb. A bit odd, these bourbon barrel APAs - something like this needs to be dry hopped to replace the faded hops though they weren’t completely absent. It’s ok but it’s not really the beer for the barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2792) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2015
On tap at John’s Restaurant & Tavern in Winfield, IL. as a 12 oz. serving to tall stemware, showing a clear, deep amber color, with silky, off white head foam, and curtainy cling to the lacing. The nose was a blend of stone fruit, dark cherry, and a touch of citrus, with hints of barrel induced vanilla, caramel sweetness, oakiness, and bourbon. The flavor was similar notes, including some moderate dry, tannic, and earthy bitterness. Medium bodied, with modest carbonation, and just a bit of pleasant warmth to the alcohol and bourbon traces. Nicely complex. Took a simple, sessionable Pale, and made it something special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VsXsV (2657) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle at VilleValla Pub. Almost clear copper liquid with small to medium off-white head. Aroma of pine, mango, bourbon, wood, vanilla, pineapple and light booze. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of pineapple, wood, light bourbon and toffee. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Decent beer but pretty pointless. Why would you put an APA in a bourbon barrel?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1978) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Double waxed, it must be good! Purchased for the lols and because it sounded interesting. Pours a nice slightly dark amber color with a slight off-white head. Nice hoppy nose with slight bourbon and oak notes to it. Nice taste, subtle bourbon in the finish. Some odd bitterness in the finish. Less hoppy in the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3939) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Appropriately in celebration of my thirtieth birthday. Apparently this pale ale has aged as gracefully as I have! Actually, it’s pretty good. Oaky vanilla nose with a woodsy forestry hop flavor and a stale worthers original candy and old wooden spoon aftertaste. Surprisingly drinkable actually.

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