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RATINGS: 439   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9013) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Bottled at Bull and Bush Xmas tasting in Denver, Colorado. Dark red and mildly hazy appearance. Barleywine aroma is foremost but you can definitely smell the bourbon. Slick mouthfeel with the barleywine flavor in front and bourbon on finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2612) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2010
750 ml. bottle. Bottled 04/01/10. Pours a medium beige head, with some lacing, over a clear, reddish brown (SRM 18) body....nose is pine, bourbon, light cherry, light chocolate with hints of soy, roast beef, Bovril......taste is thick sweet malts to start, leading to cherry, raisin, then a bit of beef and soy, finishing with slight bitterness, and a vanilla, cherry, terpene tone.....mouth feel is medium, alcohol obvious, carbonation high, but adds creaminess. This is young and needs more time to reach its final maturity. The Bourbon barrel is done with light hand, so the Bourbon and wood (vanilla, terpenes) are hidden. The alcohol is too obvious and needs time to be absorbed. This is a little light on the malt character now, and I am not sure how it will age. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7124) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2012 750mL bottle. Poured near-clear reddish-amber with a short, looser-bubbled off-white head. The aroma picked up sweet bourbon, vanilla, and darker fruity notes, along with a hit of alcohol warmth.. the sugars masked the real power of the boozage.. deep, dark, and seductive. The flavor found a heavier dose of vanilla and sweet bourbon than the nose, with rich veins of vinous notes, raisins, and molasses.. sweet bourbon and vanilla comes back and coats the long, belly-warming finish. Heavier-bodied with lower carbonation on the palate.. certainly on the sweet side, but it was delicious.

2009 bomber, consumed 11/5/12. Poured clear, deep garnety-brown with a short, swirly smoked beige head. The aroma picked up warm, lovely bourbon, vanilla, and toffee notes, with sweet bourbon and toasty oak accents.. big and well-balanced. The flavor found warm, aged, drawn caramel, molasses, and a touch of maple at the core.. sweet bourbon and vanilla around, along with a kiss of oaky tartness.. belly-warming finish with sweet bourbon sticking around for a while. Medium-plus bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. it showed some age, but it aged gracefully. No change in score.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
bottle thanks to the one and only footbalm. poured deep amber/ruby with a beige head. aroma was brown sugar, dark fruit, raisin, and bourbon. flavor was prune, dark fruit, bourbon, and cinnamon. light body with low carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
meerbier (1473) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2010
Bottle@TastingSession. Malty, raisin and fruity aroma. Red colour, tiny off-whtie head, fair lace. Very sweet, bitter, raisin, medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (5700) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2010
Bouteille de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de caramel légèrement fruité avec une pointe d’houblons. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel légèrement fruité et d’houblons résineux avec une pointe d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #3386)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2679) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Tough cork on this one. Once I got it opened, the aroma hits right away. pine goodness with a big malt character. The flavor is hop bitterness and then a malty sweetness sets in. Very rich and full bodied. The pour is dark brown with a creamy head. Quite tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dEnk (3779) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2014 Bottle @ meeting. Aroma is raisin, red fruit, caramel, loads of spices, herbs, good malt backbone. Flavour is sweet caramel and malt, spices and fruit. Nice, but nothing really special.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Poured from the bottle a murky mahogany with tan head. Aroma of dried fruits, caramel and earthy hops. Flavor was loaded with earthy and pine hops, raisins, vanilla, and some caramel. The hops were masking the malts quite a bit, and with some aging this could really have potential. Overall a good barleywine that can sit and develop into an even better brew.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (10780) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a finger or so worth of off-white head. S: This one is quite oxidized. A moderate amount of cardboard and some stale brown sugar. There are some notes of citrus from the hops as well as a hint of oak. T: The flavor is very similar to the aroma. Lots of oxidation, but not the good, chocolate kind. Cardboard, stale, hardened sugar, and some warm bourbon and alcohol flavors. M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation for a beer such as this one. D: Actually the biggest let down of the Utah brewed beers I’ve come across. Just too much oxidation to overcome.


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