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Sprecher Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine

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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Barley Wine Ale is a legendary top-fermented brew with a deep amber/orange color, and intense fruit and malt nose that is laced with alcohol accented by the sweet aromas of Port. This "wine" made with barley is brewed with a French yeast culture, and possesses a complex flavor of rich malt, fruit esters, and sherry-like qualities that is delicately balanced with hops.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Clear ruby-like body with some brown hints. First impression of aroma is cherries in a generic malt body. Some bourbon and burnt woody vanilla then come through, similar in character to GI BCS. Iíd say the way those components show up in the flavor is similar to the BCS as well. Of course, that small component is the end to the comparisons, as this is a bright, sweet malty barleywine. Some cherry in the flavor too, along with some herbal flowers. Its a bit too sweet, and though there is a lot going on in the flavor, I canít really say Iím a huge fan of the way it comes together. Its definitely a nice offering though, considering the source. From my recollection, some of the stuff I didnít like about the regular barleywine has worked itself out, which is good.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Wow not with the others on this one...Way to sweet for me. Nice pour with a full sweet aroma. Tasted very sweet and candy like. Reminded me of a reisling more than a port. Thier scotch ale is way better.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours a deep, cherry/orange color w/ a full semi creamy froth. It smells like sticky sweet, Bourbon soaked grahmcrackers w/ bitter, sea salt hops. Full nectar w/ mellow residual effers create a silky texture. This is a HUGE English style w/ a few American Go-Go dancers thrown in to mix it up. Thick maple and candy w/ aged citrus rind, leather, pear, cherry, caramel apples, butter pecan, baked port wine, madeira, honey comb, vanilla bean, all held together w/ a swig of Kentucky Bourbon (Makers Mark to be exact). The finish is only slightly bitter so this specimen is more like a desert wine. A very complex one at that. I highly recommend getting ahold of one of these. My bottle was born in 2005 and bottled in 2006. Only 175 bottles were bottled so good luck.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4354) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 24, 2006
This is my favorites style and a wonderful beer. Smells and looks fantastic. A lot of vanilla coming from the oak aging. By far the best Sprecher beer, it takes their barleywine to a whole new level. The taste is improved and it is much less sweet than the original. Excellent.


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