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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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3905) - - APR 23, 2011
750 bottle. clear amber under a large, foamy, beige head. aroma is sweet with some plum and hops. an american barley wine with a good dose of hops. others flavors of vanilla, dried pineapple and a little chocolate. palate is smooth for the abv. full body. a fantastic complex BW! on par with some of the best american styles.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gringo332 (563) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2011
Pours dark ruddy copper with a five finger beige tan head thatís creamy and bubbles like a pancake on the gridddle. Aromas of bourbon, darkish fruit and something like citric hop. Med body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4749) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2011
Bottled. Tasting @ De Molen Warehouse. The aroma has raisins/dried fruits, some caramel, hint of bourbon. Clear, dark brown coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is bitter, bit sweet, has caramel, some plum, raisin. Good body. Nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2011
Pours a deep, ruddy brown, with a somewhat-soapy beige head. Big aroma - hugely pungent, with the right amount of bourbon. Lots of dry oak, not really much vanilla, but lots of dried fruits - apricots and prunes. Itís hot. Alcohol makes itself known in a big way, although it becomes better covered after it warms a bit. Develops some citrus rind / grapefruit hops after showing some caramel, and finishes a bit on the sweet end. Not at all bad, but it needs to sit and mellow out for a while.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
Picked up at Total Wine and shared at a recent tasting. Served in a tulip glass. Pours a moderate dark brown color with some spotty lacing and a bit of a collar. The nose brings some bourbon with a bit of sweetness and some mild caramel. Taste is smooth bourbon along with a slight bit of chocolate and a medium body. There is a slight booziness there and the beer finishes with a slight astringency. Drinkability is decent enough. The bourbon character from the barrel is pretty good, though at the same time I think the base beer could probably use a bit of work. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-20-2010

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2011
Not what I was hoping for from a brewery that Iíve come to respect. Big boys nose of bourbon booze. I found the flavors to be very disconnected in the sense that every thing stood out too much. Bourbon at war with caramel at war with brown sugar at war with vanilla at war with my tongue. Give me balance or give me a ginger beard and a barrel to float in.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (14763) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours murky brown, scan tan head. Aroma of caramel and butterscotch. Taste is extremely sweet caramel, vanilla. So dry it turns your cheeks inside out, so be careful.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3385) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2011
Bottle; poured a dark auburn color with a medium dark tan head. Aroma of chewy caramel, very ripe fruit, earth, vanilla, with some alcohol and bourbon. Flavor had more roasted, earthy and cocoa notes than expected initially. Caramel is there, but the fruitiness is subdued. Solid, but lacking really great flavor. Expected a bit more.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
750 ml bottle thankd to p3t3or for sharing. Pours a very deep mahogany brown with a creamy small light tan head. Aroma of aggressive bourbon, vanilla, woody notes, some coconut and almond with a bit of dark fruits raisins and a touch of citric. Flavor starts sweet and bourbony, very bourbony in fact. Lots of vanilla, some cocoa and some definite woody notes from start to finish, sweet and caramely with the sugary coconut character and a lightly spicy and boozy finish. Medium to medium full body and a soft carbonation. Dammit if I donít love bourbony beer, as a barley wine this might be bland and boring but the bourbon notes really bring it together.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2011 Bottle with Andrew. Pours a reddish dark brown with tanish foam. Smells musty bourbon and prunes. Tastes of bourbon and oak, with hints of vanilla, currents, and a strong hop finish. As it warms up, the bourbon completely takes over.


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