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RATINGS: 489   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3318) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle from 12/2011: Pours an attractive auburn with a creamy beige head. Nose is sweet with vanilla, dark fruits, and bourbon. A sweetness from the hops swims through the taste of bourbon, caramel, and fruits. Just shy of one year’s age and drinking quite well.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2326) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2016
750ml corked and caged bottle from Bottle and Cans in Chicago, with a bottle date of 10/11/13. Shared with bananabi11. At cellar temperature. Reddish brown pour. Beige head. Aroma has fruits, nuts, caramel, light wood raisin . Berry/caramel heavy. Taste is of sweet caramel, berries, other fruits, some wood alcohol. Licorice. Raisin. Maybe some barrel. Medium to full bodied. Lowly carbonated, the blend is solid. Definite alcohol. Finishes tangy sweet. Not sure if the aging was a positive or not. Solid taste but not great. 14.4

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (1873) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Tap at Sedona. Thick and syrupy. Licorice, dark fruit, cough syrup. Heavy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
Pours a deep amber color, with a two finger off white head that had some staying power. Aromas of hops, sweet malts, and some more hops. Flavor isn’t as sweet as I was led to believe. You can taste the alcohol from the get go, what follows is a nice mellow caramel/brown sugar (I Guess) sweetness that finishes with a nice bitter hop.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (3033) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2016
Pours dark brown to black with light beige wisp and ring. Aroma is sweet, sweet bourbon, raisins and a little black currant. Taste is mainly sweet bourbon, touch of smoke, lightly bitter from the hops. This is bottled in 2013 so a lot of the hops have fallen off but still a lot of bite from the alcohol. Excellent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (3721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods. Not much to look at, but a pleasure to drink. Bourbon barrel aging smooths out the entire package, making this one an easy to drink BW. Malts shine throughout, tons of caramel, toffee and butterscotch. Not much of the BA is readily evident, just subtle notes here and there, and toning down the 11% ABV to drinkable levels.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bergstaden (2218) - Røros, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2016
Darkm amber with off white head - Spiced malt and wood aroma - Good sweet malt body with some spicy wood notes with some nice alcohol heat in the back - Sweet malt and some fruity and spicy notes goes into the finish - This was real good

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnymusky (856) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 29, 2016
Bomber shared with brian dan and the duster...2014 vintage...aged beautifully...nose is fantastic with bourbon and vanilla notes...mouth was the same and excellent...every sip tasted better than the last...awesome brew!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3474) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - FEB 10, 2016
Bottled 07/29/13. (aged review) This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a soft burnt brown color with a thin wisp of a white little head. Delicate messy lacing wove around the glass. The smell started off with dried dark fruits. Sweetness from the dried dark fruits rolls into a nice dried woody aroma. The flavor takes in the dried woody flavor with a nice sweet dying bourbon flavored dark fruitiness. Dry woody aftertaste and a semi-sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sipping to sessionable quality about it. Carbonation has definitely died off. Very dry and pounding on my tongue. Overall, its still a good Barleywine leaning towards the English side of the wheelhouse. I’d like to try again fresher. Still,, I believe this one aged nicely.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weihenweizen (2950) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Refrigerated 75 cl brown bottle poured into a snifter. Opaque Amber with small beige head. Aroma is rich caramel, medium body, medium carbonation, and some lacing. Taste is caramel malt. A little heavy.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kingaugusta (194) - Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Pours hazy copper with a big tan head. Nose is strange for a barley wine withfruit and tart notes far more akin to a saison. Oak and fruit hit hard on the front and blends to a whiskey accented charge of vanilla, hops, and barely onthe back. FFinish is long and smooth. Great beer.


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