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RATINGS: 482   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6571) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Sept.10.2010 bottling date. Clear copper/ red color with ivory foam. Very nice pine sap, vanilla, toffee, wood, molasses aromas. smooth mouthfeel, with a medium to full body. Very good pine sap, sweet dark toffee, vanilla, dry wood flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Poured dark reddish brown, dark fruits, caramel, wood, vanilla, little hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 7, 2011
UDeep ruddy pour with a thin tan head. Lots of Fruit and caramel in the nose and flavor. More toffee On the flavor. Nice lasting aftertaste with sought bitterness. Decent woody aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2011
750ml bottle. Pours dark brown with a three finger tan head that left delicate lacing. The nose is dark fruit, light bourbon and molasses. The taste is raisins, brown sugar, oaky vanilla and faint bourbon. Medium motuhfeel. Nice barleywine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7061) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
750, corked and caged. Wow, Utah brewers hit that ground with a hurryupness once the laws changed. Big beasty BW. Pours nearly opaque mahogany with a towering, dense, creamy medium tan head. Big sweet bourbony nose, a little twangy. Lots of malty caramel and brown bread notes. We’ve been down this olfactory road often enough to know when we’re seeing a winning--if rather played out--combination of aromatics. Big boozy bourbony brown bread barley wine. OK. Sticky thickish body, lively-enough carb even when it’s still pretty cold. Toast, raisins, caramel, bourbon, and a little twang on the mid-palate. Long toasty caramel finish. Nice enough beast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhiggs15 (1) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2011 does not count
Nice color and head to the pour. Great beer but the 11+ percent alcohol definitely stands out on the finish. Very nice beer either way.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle purchased in Park City, Utah on 01/28/2011. Colour deep, deep brown with buckets of pillowy head. Nose: Currants, cherries, dark chocolate, vanilla, glue, rich malt, bandaids, wild honey. Absolutley jammed with character and layers of personality. World Class nose. Taste: medium sweet, might bitter, medium sour. Bourbon kick right off the start line and immediately into a dark chocolate haze that stays steady but is dominant and more body seems restrained. Still, a delicious and plush mouth. Syrupy body is a touch cloying.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottle. 24.5 oz. Split with my Dad and Uncle Mark in celebration of my Mom-Mom’s wonderful life. Pours a dark amber bloody mahogany with a huge, rich, creamy, tightly-bubbled off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, honey, chamomile tea, bourbon, oaky notes, and slight caramel with figs. Surprisingly mild bodied, especially for the massive ABV, but the alcohol never overwhelms, nor burdens the palate. Smooth, oaky, sweet overtones rise to the surface when sipped slowly, and the dark, dried fruit tastes mingle seemlessly with the incredible woody chocolate notes. Finish is slow, calm, smooth, and surprisingly lacking in warmth. Overall, a very tasty, well crafted, insanely well-balanced barley wine. Excellent brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5090) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Big cork and caged bottle from Jonathan Ron Brielle. Poured a deep clear rusty red light beige foamy head. Aroma of tropical fruits, grapefruit pulp and rind, oak, wood, pineapple, vanilla and bourbon. Solid body with a mdium mouthfeel and average carbonation, a lingering dry finish and some alcohol heat. Flavor of slight caramel, toffee, light bourbon, a hint of chocolate, a touch of coffee, cola and vanilla to round this one out. Very solid and a great beer but the black was by far the best in the series.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1736) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2011
750 mL bottle from Grape & Gourmet (bottled June 4, 2010). Pours more brown than anything but appears to be a very dark orange with a slight off-white head. Aroma of big sweet toffee and piney hops. The flavor is really nice and surprisingly balanced between the hops and sweetness. After a few sips the wood and vanilla flavors really start to shine through and the alcohol warming really begins to kick in. An excellent barleywine.


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