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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Once again the brewers at CBC have thrown caution to the wind in our latest annual effort to create the biggest, baddest, strongest, bestest beer around. Double-mashed with nearly a ton of malt, five different hops, and cold-aged several months with French Limousine oak, this extraordinary, complex ale boasts flavors and aromas of caramel, dried fruit, vanilla, oak, toffee, spicy hops, and a warming alcohol finish. Very rich and full-bodied, it is unfiltered and unfined. This unique beer will be available all winter, served for your admiration and enjoyment in a 9oz. snifter.

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3.7
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2005
GABF 2005: Hazy amber hue with a fading head and minimal lace. The aroma has a strange vinous quality (which I see now may be the French Oak and dried fruits), salty and peppery with a moderate caramel vapor. There is a light phenolic nature to the nose as well. The taste is salty, tannic and bitter that attacks the palate before a smoother bready and malty character settles down. The finish is part sugar sweet and vanilla versus an equal part sharp spicy hops. The feel is biting and aggressive with a warming nature, the alcohol is not hidden but not offensive either. A good solid brew that could be even better with a tweak or two.

3.7
Ernest (7886) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2006
GABF 2005. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is hazy light amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly hoppy (apricot, resin), with notes of peach, vanilla, and candy sugar. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Another minor winner at GABF...didn’t completely knock my socks off but it was a fair sight better than a lot of overhopped American barleywines.

3.7
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2006
Deep amber-orange. Soft texture; mild carbonation. Rich sweetness. Nice notes of white wine, oak, vanilla, sugar water, cake. Bitterness is relatively mild; somewhat grassy hops. Nothing over the top, but solid and well made.

3.7
Zeswaft (1785) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2007
served in a snifter. pretty close to being one of those overwhelming alcohol BWs. Not much hops. a fair amount toffee malt, and, needless to say, a noticeable amount of alcohol

3.7
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 02/10/2007
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brewfest, Extreme Beer

hazy amber, frothy beige head, sweet ripe light fruit aroma, nice fruity flavor, deceptivly light, well balanced with only a touch of bitterness,
-------- /> Date: 02/11/2007
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Vintage: 2006
Score: 3.4 to 3.7

sweet fruity aroma, soft creamy body, lots of creamy sweet fruit flavor, candy sweetness, a touch of alcohol, would age very nicely

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

3.7
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Draft at brewery. Pours a pinkish, red color with a small egg shell head. Nose is piney hops with a very nice, datey kind of malt note. Palate is full and sticky. Flavors of piney hops with lots of sweet and datey malts. Finishes sticky with a bitterness.

3.7
jkwood04 (5472) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Sampled at the 2012 American Craft Beer Festival. Flavor strong of the caramel malts. A pretty good barley wine.

3.7
j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2013
On tap at CBC when we stopped for a late lunch before Night of the Barrels. Pours a hazed brown with a thin white to beige head. Big and sweet, caramel, soft bitterness. Big and bitey, lots of warmth. Boozy, warming and toasty. Lots of malt, warm toast. Spicy, warm plums, toast. Very nice but definitely not for me. A touch too hot.

3.6
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - APR 17, 2005
Draft at brewery: poured a cloudy brown with red notes. Thick tan head. Big yeasty, brown sugar aroma. Moderately hopped. Sweet finish with a blast of alcohol.

3.6
hopscotch (11409) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Draft... GABF ’06... Clear, deep golden ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Earthy aroma of wood and leather. The flavor is sweet with lots of toffee, fuzzy fruit, honey and maple sap. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet finish.


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