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RATINGS: 492   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (4103) - 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 (21086) - 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 (716) - 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 (4022) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (1050) - 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 (7916) - 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 (8506) - 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.


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