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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
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Well, Rupert Witherbottom, youíve finally arrived. This is a massive English-style barley wine aged for one year in barrels from Bourbon County, Kentucky.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3353) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Snifter-sized pour had at the source... Pours a deeper reddis caramel toffee hue and topped with a thin to medium soapy white head that quickly reduces while gravitating towards the sides of the glass... Bourbony forward nose with an equalling dark fruit and caramel toffee component. Pretty assertive sweetness in general which equates to a slow sipper. Somewhat of a syrupy feel to it all things equal... Flavors move in a better direction with spicy bourbon caramel and toffee all mingling well altogether. A little boozy with added hnts of peppery spice but it seems to work synergistically. Some nice warmth would serve well in the colder winter months. Itís 60 today and still pretty welcoming as a matter of fact. This hits pretty hard tho.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2212) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2012 On tap at 3 Floydsí. Murky brown pour with an off white head. All kinds of bourbon in the nose. Smooth bourbon, caramel, dark fruits, and vanilla notes. I imagine a year or two in the bottle and this will be phenomenal...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
draft at the XV party... murky medium brown beer, not much to look at... I didnít enjoy the base beer much but this is a huge upgrade, its sweet but distractingly so, really easy to drink, bourbon, caramel, prunes... try this

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rhsiung (715) - USA - OCT 7, 2011
should it be something like "bawel aged"? went nicely with the braised leek, crŤme fraiche, black mission fig, pickled fennel, and goat cheese pizza.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikem409 (1480) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2011
had this last night on tap on my journey to 3f boy what a treat. very dark brown the bourbon is intensly present in the aroma. served in snifter has big bourbon flavor and very warming from the alcohol but not sweet like a triple or quad. very much enjoyed this beer and hope to have it again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomthompson89 (1900) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
murky brown with beige thin head, lots of caremel and huge bourbon presence. almost chewey mouthfeel. tons of bourbon again in the flavor, caremel, alcohol, almost quad like

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Pours muddy brown with off white skin that quickly fades away and does not readily come back, even with vigourous swirling. Aroma is sherry, dried plums, raisins, booze, heavy caramel, cardboard-y oxidation notes, hint of chocolate. Taste is heavy bourbon barrel, booze, vanilla, caramel, some cardboard and dried fruit, chocolate on the finish; a bit booze heavy but also served way too cold. Body is full, syrupy, low carbonation, nice balanced sweet and bitter finish. Overall, a rare and delicious barleywine, a tad heavy on the booze but hugely complex

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3325) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
On tap at the 3F brewpub. Iím always excited to try a new beer from Three Floyds and especially so when itís barrel-aged. Iím trying to jog my memory about the base beer because while I enjoyed it, it wasnít something that ended up sticking out much in my beer memory. Aroma of soft bourbon, sherry, and caramel. Some citrus, pineapple, sweet powdery sugar malts. Notes of vanilla as well. Flavor has a generous bourbon push with vanilla, caramel, toffee. Some oak with mild citrus and fruit notes. Finishes with notes of bourbon and oak. Slick bodied. Nice beer, but I donít think the base takes to barrel aging as well as some of their other offerings.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1348) - Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
On tap at FFF ; Pour is murky dark brown with feint amber highlights in this glass. The head is khaki in coloration, with average retention and light lacing present. Very nice bourbon / oak / vanilla nose on this one - The flavor profile makes for a very nice experience - it certainly isnít over the top in any element, and seems fairly balanced overall to me, but then, nothing really sticks out as being remarkable either. Toasted oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, citrus, and a bit of fresh biscuits. Its fairly sweet, medium bodied - masking the alcohol content well. I enjoyed it

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5672) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Snifter on tap at the brewpub (Munster, IN). A new one.. Itís a long way to the throne. #87. Pours a nice darker brownish pour with some orange amber darker dulled glowing edges. A frothy tannish head that dies to a film, laces ok. Aromas are a rich barrel and Bourbon spirit presence, vanilla and wet oak move into lively oranges, caramel, toast, and toffee. Some dry florals, soap, and more oranges. Dry and a bit hot, but a lot of vanilla, toasted oak, Bourbon spirit. Nothing too big, but strong flavors on the nose as it moves into some earthy dryness, maybe a touch of ash.. Initial is medium bodied, a touch thinned out from the barrel. Actually the sweetness of the base is killed a bit, displaying a good deal of barrel flavor, vanilla and toffee, oak, Bourbon, and toast. Biscuits, caramel. Dry touches of florals and tannins, some lingering hot spirit jabs up front. Into the backend some dry and toasty malts mix with that sweetness of toffee and caramel, more touches of toast, oranges in a citrusy feel and a touch of marmalade, though much lighter than the base. A lot of barrel sticks around, remains hot and dry with some sweet malts doing some lingering. Pretty nice, perhaps a bit hot, but overall I find this a marked improvement over the base. A bit of lingering ash or earthy quality on the palate further into the glass. I wouldnít say itís awesome due to the heat, but itís better. Some balance lovers may shun this, but it worked good enough for me. I donít know how many $9 snifters Iíd buy.. But itís worth a go.


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