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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
Barrel Aged Barleywine. 11% ABV, 60 IBUs. Loosely based off our 2000th brew at our production facility,we revived this hybrid American / English Barley Wine for a special treat. Coming out of the tanks we aged it in barrels previously used for Bourbon County Rare Stout (Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year) to add another layer of complexity.

Note: The original release of this beer (2010) was done in regular bourbon barrels. The 2011 and bottle release saw the use of the barrels formerly used for Bourbon County Rare. We are not seperating these as I do not believe the bottles will clarify this. The original release also saw an 11% ABV, with the bottling seeing closer to 13.4%

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2012
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours solid black no head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, liqueur, roasted malts. Flavour as above, dark fruits, lots of vanilla. Full bodied, well balanced, beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (15431) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2012
22 oz. bottle, pours a dark, dark amber brown with a tiny ring of tan head. Aroma of bourbon barrels, vanilla, sweet sherry-like liqueur, caramel / toffee, and a sort of English malt character. Flavour is incredibly rich and complex - with vanilla, dark fruits, sherry liqueur, caramel and toffee, bourbon barrels, and subtle English malt qualities. Quite complex, though quite cloying in sweetness. Delicious in small quantities. Very good, though too sweet and certainly overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: March 24, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, HMOG
Appearance: clear dark brown, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet chocolate and bourbon aroma, caramel and vanilla sweetness
Flavor: rich bourbon flavor, chocolate candy, caramel, vanilla, hot caramel
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Initial rating FoBAB 2011 and since in bottle: Deep ruddy brown with some reddish highlights topped by a small but lasting off-white head with good lace and some oily legs. The aroma has a big vanilla bean , bourbon, oak, roast, toast, golden molasses, fruit cake and rye bread vapours. Earthy and leathery esters as well. The taste starts with mind numbing sweet malts and bourbon overtones supported dark fruits, dark breads, mild oak, cleansing alcohol, and constant mild herbal hop bitterness. Much like a classic English Barley wine, the sweetness and old school oxidization adds to a be rounded and complex palate. The mouth feel is wonderfully sticky, oily, lush and warming... a great sipper! This is so YUMMY, my favorite at the fest and the bottle did nothing to change my mind. GET YA SOME!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2012 22oz poured into snifter, shared with great company. This is unbelievably good. Aroma is wicked. Toasted marshmallow, bourbon, vanilla, biscuit, caramel. Head is gone in 5 seconds. Beautiful hue; reddish mahogany. Flavor is outstanding. Never tasted a bourbon barrel aged brew thats so balanced. Chewy caramel, toasted coconut, exquisite bourbon (thanks Pappy!), raisin, charred oak, dark chocolate. New top 5 beer. Edit 10/23/12: this is definitely a perfect beer for me. In the five months since I first tried it, flavors have mellowed ever so slightly and more nuances have emerged. I pray I can land another bottle or two to try after another year. Best beer Ive had the pleasure of drinking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (2131) - Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Big thanks to whoever shared this fantastic BW with me at Hunahpu day. I really was impressed by the complexity of rich malt flavors, from plums and cherries to a molasses sort of syrupy quality. I had no idea this was supposed to be anything special when I drank it, but it was really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (7605) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2012
I missed out on this one a few weeks ago, and then my friend traded his remainder of bottles. For shame! Shock! Horror! Would I ever get a chance to try this one? Who knows! Then the almost unthinkable happened! Someone brought one to a tasting!

The pour was a hazy muddy red color with a small light brown head, almost wispy. Very little carbonation. Aroma was smooth, balanced dark fruits, with a toasted malt character with notes of vanilla and subtle bourbon notes. Flavor was... amazing. This one was so smooth, I mean SMOOTH. This was so enjoyable sipping away. Butterscotch, fruity, yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (6633) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2012
66cl Bottle at AHBS. Deep dark brown colour, off white head. Aroma is sweet, very malty, dark fruits, bourbon, oak, some pipe tobacco. Flavour is very sweet, malty, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, bittersweet finish. Fullbodied, very thick mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruity, toasted malt, alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - APR 30, 2012
Aroma: sweet caramel and toffee, oak, toasty, bready malts, dark fruits. Lots of barrel character, pleasant bourbon with a hefty dose of alcohol. Pours a deep ruby/brown color, thin tan head with decent retention, leaves little lacing. Flavor: bourbon and warming alcohol are very forward, big rich malt profile - dark sugars and fruits, toffee, toast, slightly nutty. Malt character is balanced well by alcohol and hop bitterness, it never really gets excessively sweet. Big barrel presence - oaky and plenty of bourbon. Full body, low-medium carbonation. Great brew, seemed overly sweet and boozy at first, but I thought it was very complex and well balanced as it warmed a bit.

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