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RATINGS: 481   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5320) - 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 (2644) - , 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 (1545) - 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 (1914) - 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 (4959) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5757) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Pours a dark copper with a tall, fluffy, tan head. Aroma is hoppy and piney with vanilla, dark chocolate and caramel. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, light bourbon, pine and grapefruit. Body is thick, chewy and full with strong, dense carbonation. Slight warming from the 11.1% ABV. Ends with more sweet malt, vanilla, caramel, alcohol notes, pine, citrus oils and bourbon. Very tasty!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5914) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2010
(22oz bomber bottled 2008 thanks to ericandersnavy) clearish deep brown with ruby hints and tan bubbles. Nose of bourbon, honey, caramel, sweet chocolate (cocoa nibs), and barrel mixed with some slight alcohol heat. Taste of toasty caramel, bourbon, wood, chocolate syrup, toasted wood chips and cedar with sufficient carbonation and an alcoholic finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Big bourbon nose, lots of dark fruit. Plenty of bourbon, lots of dark fruit in the taste, also lots of astringent caramel and over-steeped tea.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (9263) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Sampled at the 2010 RBSG Grand Tasting. Poured a slightly cloudy dark amber with minimal head. Aroma was bourbon forward with sweet grains and caramel growing throughout Flavor had more caramel which helped to control the bourbon and some sweet grains lying underneath with a hint of hops.


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