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RATINGS: 444   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2350) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Dark reddish amber clear pour ... beige head aroma of vanilla and dark fruits, some fresh citrus hops and oaky .... tastes of caramel and dark fruits, with vanilla light bourbon and a hoppy citrusy bite to it more in the first sips before it settled .... dry fruity and grainy with bitter hop finish a good barley wine smooth and tasty

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5635) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2010
Sampled at SBWF-10 Deep ruby with a small, tan head. Creamy, malty and sweet. Pretty low bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2010
Tasting @ De Molen Warehouse. Red, ruby colored brew. Malty aroma. Flavor has a lot of sweetness, some bourbon, plums and caramel. Too much.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Itís a bourbon barrel barley wine ale, and because it is winter in Chicago (even though itís above freezing, but there is a lot of snow), nothing matches the season like a barley wine. This beer is part of Unitaís Crooked Line, something I just noticed today. At 11 percent, it is sure to give a nice warm buzz. The beer pours a dark cola color with a large off-white head. There are chocolate and vanilla notes in the head with some dried, dark fruit. The taste is big and bold, with a chewy texture and a long finish. The taste is reminiscent of chocolate, caramel, plums, alcohol and vanilla. Itís a nice sipping beer, especially for the holidays.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3341) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Ruby body with light root beer cream head. Lovely vanilla tendrils wind around bourbon blips to twinkle the olfactory bulbs. Heavy bourbon body with woody cabernet tones and caramel nougat. Full-bodied with woody, slightly sourish twang on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9247) - 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 (2669) - 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 (7154) - 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 (1474) - 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.


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