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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
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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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4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Bottle shared at RBWG- Nose is vanilla,chocolate, dark candy...Taste is wood, vanilla, chocolate, light alcohol and malts..Palate is thick and bold..Damn i love this beer

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
S: slightly opaque, garnet, rusty A: strong boozy nose, rich sweet vanilla, maybe even a little tart cherry T: solid oak, bourbon, mellow vanilla, sweet & sour, as beer warms, less sweet & more tart O: a fantastic brew, one of the best from GI, this beer rocks ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
McGrupp612 (140) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle into a snifter. Im glad I didnt share this one. brown with little head. Aroma is vanilla, dried dark fruits, coconut, brown sugar, and bourbon. Flavor is sweet ( but not cloying) with brown sugar, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, dates, figs and a little bit of chocolate. Very little carbonation and full body. This is so smooth. If you like heavy, sweet and indulgent barleywines, it does not get much better than this. Very impressive.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Deep brown pour with a small head. Aroma is chocolate, wood spice, alcohol, and bread. Taste is Chocolate, alcohol, and Christmas cookies.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Huge thanks to dcschiller. Pour is mahogany with a quickly disappearing khaki head. Aroma is cocoa powder, maple, brown sugar, dates, dried fig, and crancherry. Flavor is just as complex with additional notes of burnt caramel/toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Overall body is moderate to full and finishes with some boozy warmth. I must say that this one definately exceeded my expectations.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4330) - SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2012
Courtesy of pantanap. Pours murky maho no head. Aroma is great fruity raisins fidges malty plus the great bourbon imp stout from barrels. Flavor is a fantastic mix of same as aroma, great bw, imp stout, totally different. Finishes longlived fruity malty and warming alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Bomber shared by Justin in DC. Pours dark like it was an imperial stout. Almost no foam, just a lacing around the edges of the glass. Aroma is like a rum cake, loads of bread and booze, but not overwhelming. Taste is shockingly smooth. Theres a definite ABV burn, but it is so well blended with the rest that it is only a strong suit. This is truly the BEST barley wine Ive ever had. Amazing.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (6654) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
UPDATED: APR 12, 2012 Bottle, thanks again to Brad for hooking this up. Pours a deep, and dark brown shade. Head was small to medium with a decent amt of lacing. Lightly carbonated and velvety in texture. Aromas are circus peanuts(bannana sweetness), vanilla, oak, bourbon, cloves, caramel, cinnamon, blueberries, and other sugary goodness. Flavor is similiar with vanilla bean, bannana, buttery oak, toffee, cheesecake. Pleasantly warming, and perfectly balanced for a 13.4% beer. I think this is what the Rare will be more like after another year or two of aging. Rare was way too hot but this is easily the best goose island beer I have tried. Cheers.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
A - Dark mahogony, opaque in glass, decent legs. S - Graham crackers, molasses, vanilla, oak, toffee, and light alcohol. This is what a BA barleywine should smell like. T - Burnt brown sugar, vanilla, oak. Less barrel than the nose and pretty sweet, but thats how I like my BA barleywines. M - medium to full body with creamy carb. O - An outstanding beer from GI. Id really like to have this next to MoaS, but this already has an edge for price point and availability.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
properhops (88) - - FEB 20, 2012
Appearance: Opaque mahogany w/ red transparencies, minimal head, average lacing Aroma: Vanilla, oak, bourbon, bleach/chlorine, lavandar, maple syrup, powdered cinnamon, thick musky aroma Taste: Full body, bitter chocolate, vanilla bean, bourbon, oak, butteriness, walnut, maple syrup, coca-cola sweetness, cake batter on finish, cheesecake/cream cheese residual, viscous mouthfeel, gentle warming, mild/medium carbonation, rich + complex Pairings: Lamb, falafel, Mediterranean, Greek, Indian, Pizza, Smoked gouda + bread, anything cause this brew is awesome


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