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RATINGS: 490   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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Bottled 04-10. The pour is a mostly clear, deep, dark ruby color and an average, pillowy, tan head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is very pleasant with dark chocolate and complementary vanilla, toffee and almonds, dried apricots, some charred bourbon oak, and some spicy/earthy hops. The flavor is similar with more charred oak and vanilla, more earthy hops, some leafy hops emerging, dried apricots still, and fading notes of dark chocolate and toffee. The palate is lively, full, velvety, warm, and coating. The finish is long and warm with earthy/leafy hops, dried apricot, and charred oak notes. A nice version of the style with lots of malt complexity, some balancing hops, and complementary bourbon. A bit similar to Old Blarney from Moylan’s with the leafy hop notes, and malt prominence but balancing bitter notes, but not as well put together. Nice enough to try but not worth paying the price of an exclusive beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14613) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear reddish amber. Nose and taste of brown sugar, molasses, oak, raisin and plum. Light warming alcohol in finish is very pleasant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Vanilla, bourbon and oak dominate. Lovely sweetness that keeps this from being a sipper. Very drinkable and warming. Think I’ll keep a supply of these.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12616) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
(22oz bottle, labeled “Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine, 2008 vintage, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a clear mahogany body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, coconut, bread, and chocolate. Flavor of caramel, bourbon, bread, roasted malt, and raisins.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Deep copper with a small but lasting light tan head. Sticky lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit. Flavor is quite nice, not overly boozy, sweet, or bitter, instead it takes all 3 components and doses them out in just the right amount. Full mouth feel, though not sticky. Finishes with almost dry and oaky like a wine. A mighty fine brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2901) - 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 (3014) - 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 (7133) - 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 (91) - 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 (5558) - 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.


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