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RATINGS: 477   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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.


3.5
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5595) - 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 (5817) - 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 (8347) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2010
BBB courtesy of footbalm shared on 3/8/10. hazy chestnut brown colored pour with a small off white ring which settles to a film. intense aromas of the bourbon barrel and its woody goodness... lesser notes of dates, vanilla, caramel, malt and spices. it tastes like home made sphinx ranch date bread with a kick of bourbon spice. nice warmth from the booze. the medium body is quite smooth and soft.... really quaffable. this is very special with food, especially cheese. 7/4/8/4/16/3.9

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
4oz taster from a 750ml bottle at grape & gourmet. pours a reddish, golden copper with a thin white head and light lacing. aroma is great with big notes of sweet oak, caramal, bourbon, and light hops with a touch of dark fruit and spice. flavor is a bit of a let down after the aroma but still tasty with herbal, earthy hops, sweet caramel and toffee, and a bit of cherry with subtle notes of vanilla, bourbon, and wood on the finish. palate is medium bodied with light carbonation and a lingering, sweet, woody aftertaste. overall, a nice barrel aged barley wine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (3686) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Bottle 2008 Vintage thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out dark ruby red amber topped with a very small sand head. Aroma of caramel, bourbon, oak, fruit, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste was more of the barrel, with the vanilla, and oak showing very strong. A little more age might be in order for this.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber body with a small fizzy light brown head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is heaavy caramel and vanilla with a touch of wood, some toffee,bourbon, and some light alcohol vapors. The flavor is caramel and vanilla driven as well with a moderate resiny hoppiness on the finish, some dark fruits, fairly well restrained bourbon. A little hot on the finish where the slight oak tannins come out. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy with light soft carbonation. Overall not so bad, but I just don’t think it all came together.


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