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RATINGS: 476   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (970) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Dark orange/brown pour with a billowy off white head. Nice lace. Aroma was rich caramel malts, good bit of booze, light bourbon and an overall sweetness. Flavors were right on par, miles of caramel, sweet malts, just a touch of bourbon, light bittersweet finish, somewhat dry and woody. Smooth and full mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Overall a nicely done barley wine, the bourbon could have played a bigger role and I would have been a bigger fan.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Bottle (bottled 03/23/11). Pours with a slightly hazed deep bronze-auburn hued body with a large and lasting off-white fluffy head. Aromas of dark fruit, wood, raisins, esters, malt. Honey, toasty, biscuity, caramel malt profile, slight hops. Cinnamon, vanilla, lightly woody, oak, pine. Flavors of alcohol, dark fruits, chewy, caramel, pine, toffee, bland malt profile. Alcohol, minimal fruit. Boring honestly. Bitter balance. Pretty dry, lightly roasty (and a bit of associated acidity). Hugely bitter and lingering bitterness, some light tannins. Carbonic bite. Evergreen trees. Lively bubbles, warming, boring. Sulfate water. Plenty hot, minimal bourbon, plenty tannin, but not much else flavor wise.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2011
(750ml bottle from AJ’s). Pours nearly clear copper with massive beige head. Some nice lacing develops. Aroma of strong alcohol, dank hops, wood and some band-aid. Taste is sweet with hop bitterness and a sharp alcohol bite. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Bitter, hot finish. I didn’t like this one too much. It reminds me of CL Golden Delicious where the alcohol just overpowers the base beer. An alcohol bomb.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle. Copper colored beer with a nice dark cream colored head. Malt and PNW hop aroma with caramel, light bourbon, and light vanilla. Malt and pine/grapefruit flavor with caramel, light bourbon, ands light oak. Medium-plus bodied. Malt and caramel lingers with pine, grapefruit, and light bourbon.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2933) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2011
The aroma is boozy and fruity sweet malts like a typical, pure barleywine. The beer pours ruby amber with a small off white head. It tastes malty sweet with a bit of bourbons and currants as described. The booziness is there, but not hot. You get the dark chocolate too as is warms a bit.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Pours rich mahogany with thin cream head. Nose is rich with cinnamon, brown sugar and brine. Bursts into life on the tongue with rich brown bread and raisin on the lead moving into the ester-laden, ripen fruit finish of a fine abbey. The bourbon is subtle and unintrusive in this well-balanced beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 28, 2011
750ml bottle. Rating #150. Deep dark amber with a little bit of haze and a real thick beige head that left some real nice lacing. I want say it smells like wet dog, but that probably because my dog is wet and sittling on my lap, actually it has a light carmalized malt aroma with a little oxidization, but very little barrel character, there is a little wood in there though. Sweet malts and a bit more wood than the aroma, nice bitterness in the finish that left a nice aftertaste behind. Good stuff. (1689)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4914) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2011
Bottle. Dark copper pour, large caramel colored head. Caramel malt, brown sugar, some dried fruit, alcohol, bitter hops, and subdued barrel aging notes (bourbon, vanilla, oak). Not only was the beer boozy and sharply bitter, but the carbonation was also too high, almost fizzy. Not a bad beer really, but certainly not the best attempt.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3545) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2011
25.4 oz, bottled 4/1/10. Deep brown with a pocked beige head. Nose is caramel, oak, bourbon and grass. Chewy medium body with a lively tingle. Taste is caramel, orange peel, grass and pine. Finishes dry with bourbon. Well executed but kind of predictable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2011
Clear dark amber with thin off-white head. Nose of caramel, booze, raisins, butterscotch, and more booze. Dark dried fruits abound in taste, but it’s hard to get to them through the booziness. A little too abrasive for me. Possibly some time will do this beer well, but I won’t wait around to find out.


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