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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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The biggest farm animal to come out of the SweetWater Barn! We bucked up and threw everything, including the kitchen sink, into this "Jackass" concoction. At 10% ABV and over 90 IBU - You’ll know it when it hits you in the back of the head!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeBoy (2837) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2014
1 liter flip top thanks to Toby. Pours out a hazy orangeish amber topped with a sand head. Nose is brown sugar and oxidation a bit old. Taste is as the nose lots of sweetness caramel malts little hops left and cardboard.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2014
Picked up in a trade a while back. Nice big swing top bottle. Pours murky caramel color with white head. Aroma of caramel, sweet malts, and oxidation. Flavor is sweet malts, caramel, and cardboard. Pasts its prime, but was still drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2145) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
A: Hazy Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head Ring, Mild Lacing S: Bready, Nutty, Mild Vanilla, Mild Malty T: Nutty, Vanilla, Bready, Mild Malty M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Nutty, Malty Overall, a nice change for SW with a nice nutty barleywine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5556) - Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2013
1 L flip top purchased and rated fresh(notes). Had many times since. Originally this poured a clear dark amber/copper color with a small beige head collapsing to a thin film. The aroma and flavor had big caramel malt, dark fruits, orange citrus hops some floral notes. Fresh this was an American barley wine for sure. In more recent tastings, original bottles are more sweet malt, caramel, toffee and dark fruits. One of my first purchases once I found this site at my first stop to Bruisin Ales.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2356) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Woodford Reserve BA version from a cask at the sweet 16 party. Pours a yeasty, murky brown with no real head or lacing to speak of. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, vanilla, caramel malts, and booze. Taste follows, less booze and more chocolate than the smell, with a thick mouth that sticks. Pretty damn good, never had the original to compare though.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kayres (486) - , Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Pours a hazy orange with almost no head. Dull sweet plum aroma. Medium bodied,sweet fruit floral flavor with a dry hop finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2410) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Gift from SJ. I like Barley Wines. This one was solid. Good moleasses , caramel, sweet malt, earth and hop flavors. It was blended pretty well...not perfect.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2004) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2012
2008 Vintage
Tasted in late November 2011 from a large swingtop bottle, shared by unclejedi at his birthday tasting, thanks Jim. Pours murky orange with a thin beige head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is sweet and malty caramel, vanilla, toffee, and some light bitterness. The flavor is nicely balanced caramel, toffee, and some muted hops bitterness, that I am sure were much more prevalent when the beer was young (classic American Barley Wine). The body is full and sticky with light carbonation and a long malty and lightly bitter finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ericwoo (1) - USA - NOV 30, 2011 does not count
This beer has remained on my top 5 list for years now. My only hope is they find it within themselves over at Sweetwater to build this beauty one more time. The DP Barleywine was a perfect specimen in this style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rustyham (1727) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Very malty. Sweet, chewy. Caramel. Toffee, sweet potato casserole with roasted marshmallow. Loss of fluffy ness in this.


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