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RATINGS: 466   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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Launch into the exquisite flavors of bourbon with splashes of vanilla. Watch for currents of dark chocolate and dried fruit. Generous amounts of hops and malts make for a smooth journey from start to finish. Decadent desserts and aged cheeses make superb companions.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (1823) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Pours amber with tan head. Aroma was oak, vanilla, caramel and smokeyness. Taste was smokey sweet. The vanilla came throughnas it warmed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2011
In bottle. Pours a beautiful clear ruby-copper colour. Aroma is very nice with a mix of hops, alcohol and some sweetness. The hop flavours die away early leaving a pleasant caramel, barley taste. I enjoyed this more than most barley wines, helped by the generous addition of hops : )

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommann (2979) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours a dark copper with a large head. Aroma is molasses, fig with a bit of bourbon underneath. Taste has raisin to start. Mild bourbon and caramel in the finish. Subtle and not over powering but tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerCast_Rich (1903) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2011
[22 fl oz bottle, courtesy of cgarvieuk] Deep red colour on the pour with a hefty white bubbly head. Lovely aroma of hops mingled with sweet vanilla. Caramel and vanilla on the taste, with plenty of sweetness. I really like this one, as the bourbon isn’t that prominent – just comes and goes as a general sweetness. Good alcohol on the finish [02062011] 600th rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (3001) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2011
2 June 2011, bottle at one of CGarvieuk’s legendary tastings! dark ruby, clear, frothy head. vanilla, barley wine aroma with a great sickly bourbon sweetness. med body and faintly fizzy. gorgeous! sugary vanilla, creme brule, bourbon barley wine. lovely!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (16652) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2011
Bottle at home ... copper red ... thin creamy off white head ... sweet vanilla sweet tofeee nose ... juicy malts ... soft toffee ... light roast ... vanilla

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2011
750 ml bottle. A nice bourbon nose and flavor. Smooth for the alcohol content. Also get some vanilla.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Pours dark brownish red. Smells of toffee, citrus, pine, chocolate, and big malt profile. Taste of chocolate and earthiness really come through as well as pine, toffee and some vanilla and the alcohol is really subdued. Mouthfeel is thick and the finish is long and bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 Pours dark with a thin head and no lacing. Interesting smells of vanilla, caramel, and toffee. The flavor is rather rich and heavy offering nice vanilla, caramel, toffee, and roast coffee. The finish is a bit long with some nice roasted bitterness coming through along with some sweet dark fruits.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3779) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2011
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Deep copper pour with a thin white head. Big malt aroma at the start with lots of caramel and wood notes from the barrel aging. Flavor was much more complex. Caramel, cocoa, vanilla, oak and bourbon all are present along with the sweet caramel malt body of the beer. Very sweet and smooth at the finish and not very hoppy.


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