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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 366   ABV: 12.2%
This robust strong ale features pale malts and generous hop additions. After primary fermentation, several American rye whiskey barrels are filled and cellared to age. The remaining beer is then cellared in a stainless steel tank. After many months of aging, the barrels are then blended into the remaining batch aged in the stainless steel tank. Rare bird, released annually in winter and in limited quantity throughout the year.

2009 Old Birdbrain – First place Great Alaskan Beer & Barleywine Festival 2010
2010 Old Birdbrain - First place Great Alaskan Beer & Barleywine Festival 2011
2010 Old Birdbrain - Third place Great Alaskan Beer & Barleywine Festival 2012

Malts 2-Row Barley, Rye, Crystal
Hops Nugget, Palisade, Mt Hood

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SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Draft ’12 version: Poured brown with tan head. Malty, fruit, and vanilla aroma. Sweet malt with high alcohol burn of fermented fruit and whiskey.

flannelnomad (57) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Poured into my Ale Apothecary snifter from a 12ozer. What a beautiful beer! Glowing deep amber. Crystal clear. Off white head that fades away. Smells like candied caramel corn, booze, sugar and vanilla. Has a toasted sugar quality to it. Like kettle corn and marshmallows. Vanilla, burnt caramel, for all the cellaring at the brewery that this beer goes through it is still pretty hot. Lots of hops with all the malt and high abv give it a stingy, medicinal, numbing quality, which I love. I really really like this barley wine, it’s such a melding of english and american style and I am very intrigued to see what it’s like after a year or two, I think it will be kicked up a couple notches with some cellaring.

Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - JAN 9, 2014
12 oz bottle, thanks to Jeremy. Pours clear copper with very little head and minimal lacing. Aroma: wow, that was unexpected. Big and fruity. Green apples, pear, some alcohol as well. Taste: apple meets caramel and vanilla. Unfortunately, this combination conjures up tastes of apples coated in melted, Brach’s caramels. Toffee; loads of booze. Fully body, soft carbonation, thick and warming. Overall: interesting ...

OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2014
One year old bottle at Prufock’s place -- thanks to J. from untappd

I was quite happy to have the chance to try this one. Light orange pour into a stemmed HOTD glass, limited head. Nice full aroma: vanilla bourbon dominated by apple jolly rancher, hints of muscat grape and something close to cotton candy. Bourbon provides only a hint of vanilla. The taste is a close match to the aroma. Modestly sweet, light caramel --- in fact, caramel apple. Not such a hop blast as in many relatively fresh American barleywines. Definite aspects of English-style barleywines here. Quite nice in its subtleties but a tad hot -- give it two years of age and it could be really special.

jake65 (3983) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle, 2011 vintage courtesy of 5000 – thanks. Glowing amber color with a thin ring of beige head. Classic aroma of a lightly aged barley wine; subdued floral hops, sherry, caramel, and toffee. Good weight, a slightly heavy body. Still a little life left in the floral hops, more sherry, and caramel. Finishes a little dry, but still a fine sipper.

Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle thanks to mora2000...Pour is dark black with a tan head...Nose is maple, oak, rye whisky, spice, barrel...Taste is oak, rye whisky, sweet, vanilla, pine hop, caramels,

Steasy66 (1158) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Golden, no head. Toffee aroma, a bit buttery. Flavor is a bit thin and lagery, some toffee notes. Not impressed.

Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Thanks to 5000 for sending this bottle my way. Amber pour with a white head. The aroma is full of rye whiskey notes with some maple and vanilla. The flavor is similar at first, with some rye, oak, vanilla and light pine notes. I also get a bit of metal in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2013
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a clear copper body with a medium beige head. Aroma of grain, subtle cardboard, caramel, grass, and toffee. Flavor of roasted grain, caramel, toffee, and molasses.

thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2013
(12oz bottle thanks to mora2000) clear bright orange, ring of fine white bubbles. Nose is lightly hopped barleywine, caramel, bourbon, and honey. Taste of caramel, candied citrus, american hops, fairly hoppy but not astringent, nice linger of honey, caramel and hops.

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