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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
Generous amounts of NW pale, caramel and chocolate malts were blended with English Goldings kettle hops and Willamette Valley Cascade and Chinook Hopjack hops. It was brewed in small batches, fermented, and then aged on American white oak. The oak aging imparted caramel and vanilla flavors to complement the bold and smooth malt flavors and unique hop character of this true NW ale.

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Travlr (26065) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle. Clear amber brown color, tan edge head. Aroma of Listerine. Taste is similar.

brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 22, 2015
On tap @ Bridgeport. Nice rich amber color with a white head. Tons of sweet raisin, caramel, and marmalade. A big time weed happiness. Mild oak. Lots of dark fruits. There’s an almost candied apple flavor to this. A lot of caramel, some jam, and stone fruit. A little boozy on the back end. Oak and spirit are pretty mild other than maybe altitude vanilla.

Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2014
Bomber from Green’s - Buford, Bottling #13. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a thin tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toffee, caramel, vanilla, spicy hops, mild candied fruits. The taste is citrus hops, toffee, vanilla, oak, nougat, a bit of chocolate. Medium bodied, prickly booze, moderate carbonation, good balance. Nice beer.

slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Pretty tradiitonal red ruddy barleywine. A little on the simple side with an aroma of malt, alcohol and sugar, but it tasted tamer than it smelled. A nice brew if you are a barleywine fan, but nothing that stands out."

BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Tap at Bridgeport. Copper colored pour. Dense smaller head. Bold oak, some caramel. Not overly complex but quite good. Somewhat dry finish.

GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2013
651mL thanks to my tasting group. Pours a clear, deep red. Weak foam. Nose is sweet tea, squash, sweet grenadine. Taste is sticky syrup, tomato, dusty, nutty, bitter.

douglas88 (9622) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bomber. Pours a nice bright reddish mahogany color with a medium creamy beige head. The aroma is sweet citrus, oak. A nice robust flavor: tannins, oak, fresh oranges and mellow marmalade hops, sweet sugary dense middle, again more fresh ’green’ oak flavors. Quite fresh and big tasting. This isn’t a Uinta BW, but it is quite good.

nimbleprop (8743) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 23, 2013
22oz bottle pours a clear caramel amber with some frothy, white head. Nose is musty, wood shavings, caramel, malt, crackers. Flavor is sweet, mostly malt, caramel, cracker, orange, light bourbon, a little marshmellow. Full, slightly boozy finish.

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Deep ruby hued copper, moderate frothy beige head, spotty lacing.   Initial nose reminds me of the old Mirror Mirror, cheesy.   Otherwise I get oak, bright/alcohol caramel/toffee, very pale hops.   Similar tongue, an unrefined caramel/toffee, hop background that seems astringent (perhaps thats the malts), with a soft alcohol background.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Rough finish, alcohol, astringent hops and caramel, not as clean as it started.   There is an oak presense for sure, but it doesn’t lend any credibility to the normal Knucklehead.   I prefer the original.   Damnit Bridgeport!

Cybercat (6121) - Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Robust aroma is crisp and malty with an overtone of fresh oak and a fairly firm alcohol bite. Pours a dark honey-amber with a thick, fluffy and rather persistent wheat head. Richly malty flavor has an oaken note, an edgy alcohol bite, and hints of hops, caramel and vanilla. Texture is smooth and firm, though lacking in fizz - but experience says that barleywines as a rule ain’t fizzy. Enough of this, and you will be an old knucklehead. ;0)

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