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RATINGS: 440   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.


Balazs' rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, - JUL 19, 2012
Amber color with a tan, lacing head. Strong bourbon, raisins, oak, honey, caramel, vanilla in the aroma. Not too sweet, which I prefer. Dry, tarty finish, pleasant overall. Alcohol very well hidden, well done.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1455) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2014
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Hazy/murky chestnut body with a creamy caramel colored head.
Aroma: The aroma is big and complex with faded orange peel, fig, musky malts, oak and brown sugar. Smells aged a bit and smells complex.
Taste: Big oak and musky malts up front with oak and a mild bitterness overlaying hints of fig and faded orange. The finish picks up vanilla and toasted coconut with bourbon ending the sip. This is pretty darn good.
Palate: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.
Overall: Pretty darn good bourbon barrel barleywine, perhaps a bit past it’s prime, but certainly a good sipper with the booze kept in check.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NeoHippie2 (996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Dark brown pour with a big tan head. Big hoppy aromas. Notes of dark fruit as well but the hops are very present. Flavor is also fairly hoppy. Drank this one fresh, a year or two in the cellar would get this where it needs to be.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (543) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Pours a dark burgundy. Has a dark fruit, malts, and dark liquor. Taste is a nice mix of caramel, dark liquor, dark fruits, strong malts, vanilla and wood. Has a sweet aftertaste that gets a little bitter from the malt and liquor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (416) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a brownish mahogany color with a large frothy tan head. Aroma is tons of malts, slightly nutty, bourbon, vanilla, light chocolate. Flavor is molasses sweet, oak, vanilla. Medium to thick body with a thick creamy mouthfeel. Quite tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Weezel (195) - Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Picking up hints of alcohol in the aroma, as well as raisins and a hint of spicy rye. The taste has more of that rye flavor and less of the traditional vanilla you get from a bourbon barrel. Good depth of flavor, though the carbonation is a bit too bubbly for the style. I dig the sweet malt and spicy kick tradeoff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monk191 (930) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2014
A great barley wine, quite tasty. Pours a cloudy red with a thick tan head. Smells of vanilla, wine, cigar and a bit of berry. Taste had lots of vanilla, some raisin. Quite boozy, with a sweet finish. Had in the bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5131) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2014
Bottled @ de Molen thanks to PP, small sample. Slight hazy copper color, short head. Aroma is very biscuity bourbon, slight vanilla, lots of malt, caramel, hint of raisin, some alcohol. Medium sweet in taste, slight bitter, quite some alcohol burn in the finish. A bit too alcoholic to be really awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
flip_soeperman (616) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2014
Awesome sweet cloying oxodated barely wine. Some raisins. Some bitterness. Not overly sweet. Awesome beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (373) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2014
Pours lovely reddish Brown. Off White head. Aroma is rather smooth fruity with vanilla, oak, Dark fruits. Taste is sweet, dry, low carb, bourbon, figs, licorice, slight roast. Lovely, suddle, balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Klimaet (155) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2014 Bottle shared @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Pours dark amber with a shortlasting white head. Aromas; hobbes, dark fruits, vanilla and caramel. Tastes of sweetness and bourbon. Slightly alcoholic but pretty well hidden. Slightly bitter in the aftetaste. Very nice barley Wine.


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