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RATINGS: 425   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2010
750 ml bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, dark esters, light vanilla, and oak. Flavor is much of the same. Very nice. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Medium body. A very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2704) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Rusty penny pour with an eggshell head that left a nice webbing inside the glass. Brown sugar, dark fruit, raisins, oak, vanila, and bourbon are evident in both the flavor and nose. Really pretty tasty...impressed by it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Bottle: Pours a transparent deep copper amber with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet toasty caramel and fresh woody oak nose with some vanilla butterscotch complexity. Starts with good fullness and rich caramel malty sweetness with some light fruity notes and oak flavor along with some resiny piny hops before a warming woody finish. An interesting and complex brew that reminds me a lot of Hair of the Dog Fred from the Wood, although it could hide the alcohol a tad better.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rollingwood (86) - Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Pours a dark brown but clear liquor. The bouquet is malty, sweet and yeasty. Full-bodied attack is sweet with woody notes and hints of vanilla and toffee following. Caramel/toffee and chocolate are clearly discernable with a long finish that adds a welcome touch of bitterness to balance the sweetness of the attack. Lovely brew.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4488) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Slightly chunky brownish coloured body with a ruby and copper glow and a thinnish, fast-dying light brown head. Aroma of pit fruits, chocolate, caramel, toasted malt, light vanilla and a touch of some light spices. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong oak and whiskey up front with more sweet flavours following soon afterwards. Aftertaste shows pit fruits, raisins, cherries and a bit of light hops. Overall, a good beer, not a great and super strong Barley Wine, but that’s good, given this bottle is 75 cL! I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Clarendon (Arlington), Virginia on 31-July-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 31-August-2010.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
planky84 (1877) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2010
750ml bottle from GBBF ’10. Reddish-brown pour with a beige head. Good lacing in glass. Toffee, butterscotch, cinnamon, raisins and licorice aromas. Rich roast malt character. Licorice, bitter chocolate, vanilla, cloves, figs, dates and herb flavours.. Quite peaty. Alcohol well hidden. Well rounded brew. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2010
Pours a deep copper with a sticky off white head. Aroma is figs, rasins, a touch of oak and bourbon, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, oxidation, faded hops, dark fruits and spices. Flavor is caramel, subdued hops, light oxidation, caramel, pepper, spices, oaky tannins, bourbon, pleasant to sip, and not too sweet. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RSRIZZO (1847) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2010
750ml bottle corked and caged poured into a Snifter at 46°. Color is a deep dark mahogany with good carbonation and a tight tan head. Aroma of oak, dried fruits and a hint of hops. Its full body goes down with a creamy mouth feel that lets a light fizz come out on the end giving it a lighter feel. Flavor is wonderful, it’s rich with dried fruits (raisins, apple & cheery), oak, vanilla and just a touch of hops then a mellow bitterness balances it out. After taste fades out leaving an easy bitterness behind. This brew rocks, one of the best and easiest drinking Barley Wines I’ve had in a while.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2010
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, burnt caramel, light wood, light nuts, and slight bourbon. Poured deep deep amber in color with a small to medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, light hops, wood, slight pine, toffee, and burnt caramel. No flavor of Bourbon or vanilla, at all. Full body. Oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Burnt caramel, wood, light hops, and malt finish is dry. 11.1%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2010
bomber. pours a dark brown ruby red color. a: big vanilla, big booze, and licorice. t:big sweet malty roasted flavor at front, then some big ole booze that goes great with the sweet flavor of this brew, nice bitterness, I really love a great barleywine.


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