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RATINGS: 477   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 2, 2011
Bottle... Poured dark, amber with a thin, off white head. Nose had some bourbon and malt tones. A little sweetness here, could definitely tell that the base beer was the Anniversary Barleywine. Vanilla, whiskey notes, oak, tannins, dark fruits. Thinner body, herbal notes too.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2450) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Nice strong beige head of fine and dense bubbles. Lots of pine sap, roasted malts, some spicy bourbon and a bit of brown sugar. Color is a very dark brown with a bit of a reddish hue. Sweet and malty flavor with some caramel, roasted grains, a decent bit of piney hops and some dried fruit. Very rich and full flavored brew with just a hint of the bourbon in the flavor. Noticable alcohol presence and warming. Finishes rather bitter and a bit dry and leaves a malty residue in the mouth. A pretty good barleywine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2643) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2011
Bottled:
Colour is nut brown, head is thick. Sweet toffee aroma with notes of hops and marzipan. Sweet and malty toffe flavour with notes of oak barrells and alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2011
750 poured into a snifter, dated June 2010 (didn’t notice the date until after a few sips). Pours a rusty red with a very thin whitish head. Boozy aroma with tons of prunes, figs, toffee, and bourbon. Taste is quite warm, an underlying fruitiness accented by warm vanilla spice and oak. Dark fruit flavor, not much hoppiness but enough to balance it. Not really much bourbon flavor. I’ve had this fresh on tap and it definitely had more bourbon character. Not quite as much heat as when fresh, but still noticeably boozy in taste, like a rich dessert wine. Mouthfeel was smooth, but more or less uncarbonated. Would have been perfect if it was on cask, but alas. Not bad, overall. Definitely preferred it fresh (and carbonated).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1427) - Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle; Pour is murky dark golden amber; frothy beige head that retains well in this glass- light, spotty lacing is present here. The nose is oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and a certain earthiness. It goes downhill for me, honestly - the bourbon notes are quite muted , and the brew , while boozy, is a little thin down the center. Earthy oak, bourbon, vanilla, hop resins, a a bit of cocoa, I guess. Eh

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2427) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep ruby cherry brown color with a few off white bubbles on the top that quickly fade. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, light vanilla, dried dark fruit and chocolate. Taste of sour oak wood, bourbon, caramel, dark fruit and chocolate notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Appearance: Pours a ruby hued brown with a small gathering of tight white bubbles.

Aroma: Sweetness, wood, alcohol and apple crisp.

Taste: Wood tannins, caramelized sugar, dark chocolate, dark fruit and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

Overall: A fairly decent barleywine. I’m going to lay one down to see where this goes.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (3775) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
From a 760 ml corked and caged bottle that opened with a nice pop when the cork was removed. Pours dark muddy copper color with a really bid tan head with lots of big bubbles and very heavy lacing. Very attractive. The nose greets you with bourbon, dark ripe fruit and some citrus hops lingering in the background. The body is full and the mouthfeel shows some alcohol. The flavor is bourbon, ripe fruit, vanilla, chocolate and again some alcohol. The finish is very smooth and long lasting. This is a first class barley wine and perfectly aged in the bourbon barrel. Yum.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Brown pour with coppery highlights and substantial head. The aromas are potent alcohol, chocolate, vanilla, oak. and restrained bourbon. The flavors are likewise pretty consistant...Bourbony oak, vanilla, chocolate, plums, dates, raisins, robust earthy/herbal hopping, and a strong alcoholic dryness in the finish. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (1883) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2011
On tap at Capone’s. Cherry brown color, good head for a high abbreviation beer. Aroma was caramel and fruit. Lots of complexity in this one, all flavors in the description come through clearly...dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, oak...and of course bourbon. The bourbon was strong, but not overpowering and not burning. I enjoyed this.


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