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Sun King Bourbon Barrel Johan (BBJ)

Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
This beer uses Johan the English Style Barleywine as its base beer and is aged for 9 months in a Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jethro6191 (508) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours a very dark amber with a ruby highlights. The thin wispy tan head quickly disappears. Boozy sherry like aroma with caramel, cherry, dried fruit, and toffee notes. Similar flavors with a bourbon finish. Medium body with a low level of carbonation. Smooth rich mouthfeel with a warming alcohol sensation. Very enjoyable English style barely wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2012

Can 1pt. @ PBF2012.

Clear medium to dark amber colour with a average to large, frothy and open, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, light nutty, light licorice. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, bourbon, (laber laver - brun konfekt) candy, dark malt, sweet malt, dried dark fruit. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120727]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2012
Can 500ml (PBF)
Dark brown color, small beige head. Toffee (fudge) and vanilla in the nose, raisiny. Full-bodied. Lots of vanilla and fudge. Raisiny, dark fruity flavors. Just enough alcohol. Very delicious beer. Great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2012
Canned@PBF2012. Between amber and copper colour, small beige head. Aroma is sweet malts, raisins and some slight wooden notes. Flavour is bourbon, some hops, alcohol, raisins sweet malts. Nice barley wine "bottom" with some wooden notes as added. Pleasantly balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (23728) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2012
Canned at PBF. Hazy amber/copper, minimal head. Strong vanilla/bourbon aroma. Mid sweet wtih full body and rouinded mouthfeel. Caramel supports the heavyn bourbon character. Warming finish where alcohol lies under the surface and bitterness is balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2012
FoBAB 11’ excellent brew here. The base beer is excellent and the barrel aging was done perfectly. Not overbearing just complimentary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10220) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Sampled from the tap at 2011 FOBAB. Poured a near clear deep amber with a light brown yellowish head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had a good amount of bourbon backed by sweet grains and toffee. Flavor had more toffee that had a nice amount of bourbon and a hint of underlying sweet grains.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Sampled on tap at FoBAB 2011 (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich roast brown, reddish copper edges, a huge cakey brownish head laces well. Aromas are touches of vanilla, oak, and cocoa, touches of sweet toffee and brown sugar, some gentle spice. Initial is rich and roast, lots of sweetness comes into play. Vanillan cocoa, toffee, and spice, gentle with some good barrel elements. Moving on with touches of heat and good ABV, barrel grows with some great elements, Touches of Belgian yeast dance in with spice and fruit. Finish is fruity and a touch tart, some good barrel and heat. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
draft... after the GABF domination I was really looking forward to some Sun King one offs, the two I had didn’t impress though... one of my least favorite barleywines of the day, not that it was bad, just lower tier compared to others

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drdisque (763) - Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2011
FoBAB 2011. Sweet. A little malty for a barley wine. Notes of dark fruit and fig flavors. Pleasant. Recommended.

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