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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An Imperial Blonde Ale or Blonde Barley Wine; Helldorado has the lightest color of any of the beers in our barrel program but carries a great deal of interesting barrel character: vanilla, light char and amazing lavender-honey notes. Rich boozy honey liqueur character and loads of smooth sweet toasted malt to finish. The El Dorado hops dance in the background without playing a dominant role in the flavor profile. This beer gets better and better the longer it is in barrel.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
On tap at XVI Celebration, multiple samples.

Appearance: Pours a bright amber gold. White film and edges.

Aroma: Citrusy hop, honey, fruit punch.

Taste: Toasty malt, euro hops, banana esters, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Astringent, medium bodied, low carb.

Oveerall: A really odd barley wine. Didn’t get much barrel either. Doesn’t make it south often, so glad I could try it.


4
vyvvy (6399) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2017
It pours clears blonde with a small white head. It has huge caramel, smooth barrel, light spice, honey, minor earthy hops and nice richness. Excellent.

4.5
AirForceHops (7144) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 8, 2017
2016 vintage shared by Chalumeaux, spilt 3 ways. Thank you for another wonderful share T.J.! Mild bourbon, sweet toffee, mild vanilla, mild honey sweet hints, I can’t find alcohol whatsoever, flavor is smooth as ALL hell. Why would anybody open this bottle right when it was released? I could only see this developing slightly more with a bit more time.

Sweet without ever becoming cloying. The 2016 vintage is marked at 11.8 % Unreal that is is totally masked. Overall, I am no longer easily impressed when it comes to any beer. Firestone Walker was able to surprise yet again. I am so glad I have a bottle in my cellar. Silly, stupid, crazy good! Anybody reading this that has a bottle of this and doesn’t like it... Contact me for a trade. I will be happy to take it off your hands.

4.6
Chalumeaux (1533) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2017
UPDATED: APR 8, 2017 Poured from bottle thanks Jonathan Everett 2016 vintage nice golden color with a thin white head and nice lacing. Aromas of caramel honey vanilla light bourbon. Taste is well balanced honey vanilla bourbon well hidden abv. Wow so smooth.

3.8
dresden (1581) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 12, 2017
Clear golden and medium bodied. Aroma is oak, vanilla caramel. Boozy, with vanilla and a lot of barrel character, good dtuff

3.1
gyllenbock (9100) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle from Systembolaget. A bit darker golden with a small head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, oak and toffee. The taste was similar but weaker. The finish was sweet. Not really worth 200 sek.

3.2
SirLimpsalot (4162) - SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2017
@ Eddan 17-2-25 : En mycket len öl alkoholmessig men inte någon större smak annat än lite sötaktig kola. Len men saknar smak. En besvikelse till närmare 200 kr flaskan

4
Oldschool_Mike (368) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2017
Bottle into snifter. Pours a clearish golden colour with white head. Aroma is vanilla and lavender. Taste is vanilla, oak and a touch of honey sweetness.

3.9
dnstone (3386) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Pours a nice clean but rich golden color with a sudsy white head. Lightly oaked-vanilla aroma and flavor. Well balanced, clean but flavorful and nice oak notes that complement. Notes: On tap at the tap room in Venice

3.4
weihenweizen (3751) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Refrigerated 2016 brown bomber poured into snifter. Clear golden with small white head. Aroma is caramel malt, medium body, medium carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is caramel malt.

2.9
GRM (4020) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2017
Brown bottle, 650 ml, 2015 vintage, no. 001, from and with Philippe Boutin (merci!), savoured on June 23 2016; eye: golden, clear, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: vanilla, slight fruity, slight alcohol, vanilla cookies; mouth: vanilla, slight fruity, slight alcohol, vanilla cookies, finale in vanilla with light presence of alcohol, medium body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 650 ml, millésime 2015, no. 001, de et avec Philippe Boutin (merci!), savourée le 23 juin 2016; œil : dorée, limpide, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : vanille, très léger fruité, très léger alcool, biscuits à la vanille; bouche : vanille, très léger fruité, très léger alcool, biscuits à la vanille, finale en vanille avec légère présence d’alcool, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : correct


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