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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 471   ABV: 15.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
First batch aged in JW Lees firkins since January 2004. Produced in small quantities in bottles and on draft. New batch in early 2009.

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3.9
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Sampled @ Avery. This one poured a chestnut brown with a small ivory head that simply surrounded the inside of the glass. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, molasses, alcohol and oak. Not getting a ton of "wood" in the flavor which is dominated by dark fruit, toffee, maple, and alcohol. This one definitely has a kick. A bit syrupy. Glad I had a chance to try it.

3.6
daleharshman (1073) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Sampled at Stone’s Oakquinox 2010. Pours a hazy muddy brown-red with beige head. Aroma is kind of funky; also fruity with sweet caramel tones. Flavor is very sweet and boozy with sticky sweet fruits. Okay and the very high alcohol is rather well hidden, but it’s more like a too-sweet barley wine. (20, 294)

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wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
On tap at Stone Oaquinox 2010. Oxidized dead yeast. Old barleywine aroma. Sweet. Actually very good. Thick. A bit boozy.

3.4
JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2010
Taste at Stone Oakquinox 2010. Pours a dark amber, almost brown, thin white head. Caramel malt, sweet sugars, bourbon oak, and some fruit. Another Avery beer to sweet for me.

3.6
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2010
1st taster @ Stone Oakquinox. Pours a cloudy deep peach color with a small off white ring. Tons of candied fruit and sweet oak in the nose. Brew was very sweet on the palate, almost cloying. Booze was well hidden for being so strong.

3.5
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
On tap at Oakquinox...pours murky orange brown with thin white ring head...aroma is caramel and slight bourbon...flavor is sweet caramel with some bitterness and lots of alcohol..huge beer!

4.4
madmitch76 (25382) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2010
8th October 2008. On tap at the Falling Rock. It was up as ’Oaked Beast’ but this must be the same beer! This is all the complexity of the Beast but with a lovely vanilla oakiness as well. Bloody hell this was good and worth dragging our jet lagged arses to Falling Rock for at what was 4.30am by our body clocks.

4.1
That1Guy (2237) - Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra at BSAF. Sweet motherfuckin nose. Very sweet upfront, but the flavor mellows almost immediately. Nice oaky, still sweet finish with bourbon notes complementing nicely. Intense and the alcohol warms, even though it’s not very hot.

3.6
Ratman197 (15228) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2009
On tap at Boulder Strong Ale fest poured a cloudy dark amber with a small diminishing amber head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, carmel, light honey and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of oak, vanilla, carmel, dark fruit and a hint of honey with a smooth warming lingering bittersweet finish.

3.6
3fourths (9356) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Cloudy dark brown and muddy, dirty orange colored body - no noticeably suspended yeast but it’s obvious from the lack of clarity that the keg has been stirred somewhat.. Nose is of course intense, with dominant notes of coarse honey, crust dried nuts (not oily), oak wood, and prickly resinous blood oranges. Bit of some aspirin flavor in the finish, doesn’t completely ruin it though. Quite hot and boozy throughout, as expected, but the firmness and fullness of the malt holds it up.


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