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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Old Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle... Pours cloudy and brown with a fleeting, white head. The aroma delivers singed caramel and burnt marshmallows accompanied by dark berries and a fruity-bourbony element. Medium-bodied with dancing carbonation. The flavor is all about charcoal and red-hot bourbon. Bitter, acrid, ethanol finish. Bottle courtesy of richiesd!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2014
Murky brown a cream head. Bourbon, vanilla, wood, caramel and toffee. Very nice palate, heavy vanilla, wood, whisky, faint alcohol, rich finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (647) - Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle opened by jpdurden24. Typical barleywine nose of cloyingly sweet caramel, along with heavy oak, bourbon, and light vanilla. Pours medium maroon-brown. Fairly sharp taste of sour-mash and hot bourbon, a lot of oak tannins, and a dry, vinous finish. Just OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Resinous hops burst through toasted bread and caramel in this flavourful but somewhat dishevelled strong ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy pale brown.
-Malts share nuttiness as well.
-Alcohol shares a little warmth.
-Bitterness is important.
-This lacks richness and depth for my personal tastes in the style.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle (on Christmas)... Poured brownish with a thin forming head. Toasted, caramel, toffee, burnt brown sugar and wood here. Nice tasting with hints of whiskey-like booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (3002) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle shared by durwoodx. Thanks Darrell. The beer is dark brown, slightly crimson. The head is light beige and forms a thin cap atop the beer. The aroma offers a healthy amount of bourbon, followed by oak, malt, booze. Good flavor, with a lot of bourbon. Alcohol presence is minimal, considering the high gravity of this beer. Really enjoyable. Recommended. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-02-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2011
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vinous, oak, raisins, vanilla, and caramel. Flavor of bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, oak, light chocolate, and toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4913) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Sample thanks to Dr. Bill. Brown pour, small head. Sweet malts, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, raisin, note of oak and bourbon (vanilla), and a bit boozy. A nice old ale, that would be great for dessert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Bottle thanks to DrBill. Pours with a hazed deep brown body and minimum head. Aroma is fruity, with alcohol, spicy, peppery, cologne, bourbon. Flavors are brown sugar, alcohol, vanilla, bourbon and spice. Creamy mouthfeel with light bubbles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (13270) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
A: The pour is a dark amber (approaching brown) color with an almost soapy off-white head. S: A solid nose to this beer with lots of bourbon and vanilla to start off. The oak is there, but not overpowering. Quite a bit of sweet dark fruit character, toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. T: This is what you want from a -bal aged Old Ale. Sweet and caramel forward with plenty of brown sugar, molasses, and toasted malts. The dark fruits are here, too, and the bourbon is really on display offering plenty of booze and vanilla, maybe a touch of chocolate, too. M: Medium to full in body with a moderate carbonation and smooth on the tongue. D: By far the best of the three barrel aged offerings from Taps. I’d have no problem ticking this one again, though a more reasonable serving size would be nice (Arbitrator would rate drinkability about a 1.5).

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