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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.19/5   ABV: -
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Barleywine-style Ale aged for 2+ years in Bourbon Barrels. Bottle conditioned for five months. 500ml.

Note: Released September 2014 at Hill Farmstead Brewery

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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
canadianbeerman (10) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2017
aroma was a bit of a letdown on this bev. took away from the beautiful appearance on the pour. still recommend.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (6300) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2017
500mL bottled 9/8/16, acquired from the brewery, drunk 2/3/17.
Light tan head showing moderate to moderately-strong retention tops a clear, caramel-tinted mahogany body with some deep magenta hues and a good clarity.
Caramel, chocolate and vanilla all boast a complex, rich maltiness with delightfully well-expressed bourbon right beside it. Its a good mix of rich oak and spicy bourbon character that is almost perfectly balanced by the malt. Only a touch of heat, with no sharp booze or any heavy tannin/coconut/pineapple. Its very clean and polished and you cant deny the malt richness here. Fruitiness is minimal, with mostly some moderate raisin and fig character, but the dark fruit-like vinousness here is very minimal.
Malty, as expected, in the mouth with a soft, chewy, comforting, malty texture that allows caramel, light milk chocolate, vanilla, nougat and raisin plenty of room to roam on the palate. Bourbon is classy and restrained, but excellently expressed nonetheless, showing spice and wood and no harsh ester/alcohol sharpness. Definitely rich and sumptuous and obviously tending towards the sweet side, but I can respect that and the beer is so well-executed and polished that, as usual with Hill Farmstead, I find myself giving a high rating to a style I generally hate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (13811) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 22, 2017
[2/3/17] Bottle at a hotel bottle share in Boston. Deep amber-brown. Malt, caramel, vanilla, cookies, dark fruits, a bit of maple, sweet, rounded mouthfeel, a bit boozy. Really good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bursprak (2785) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2017
Bottle @ Aaron for Aaron. Very murky amber, bronze pour with a tiny head. Tons of sweet malts, dried dark fruits, plums, figs, vanilla, caramel, some light maple and some warming alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (7259) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2017
Bottle. Brown pour with light head. Sweet, spice, light bourbon and vanilla aromas. Flavors are sweet, vanilla, bourbon, light boozy tones.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Fred82 (2219) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2017
500ml thanks to Eric. Pours dark amber small head. Nose great caramel awesome hops. Taste great caramel and piny hops. Awesome balance. Big tasty but so well rounded. Very light alcohol. Smooth and complex. Very well balanced. World class. Nice raisins. Awesome stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (2624) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2017
Pours unclear dark brown with a tiny head. Aroma of dark dried sweet fruits, ripe plums, sweet bourbon, maple, toffee, sweet bourbon and sweet Malts. Taste is sweet and syrupy with lots of maple, slight honey and caramel. Also some dark sweet fruits, bourbon, ripe plums and an alcoholic bite. This is really nice and elegant.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (2338) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2017
Bottle shared. Pours hazy reddish brown with a small light brown head. Aromas of sweet caramel, chocolate, vanilla, fudge, malty backbone, lots of dark fruits. Taste is caramel, toffee, maple, honey like notes, butterscotch, dark fruits, booze.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (2053) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2017
From bottle at Dangerous Bottleshares short edition Ft. Aaron. Pours a clearish dark reddish brown with a small off white head. Aroma has just MASSIVE bourbon, fruity bourbon! Plums, vanilla, tobacco, toffee, booze, caramel, coconut, candied pineapple, almost some rum notes. Taste is really sweet, sticky, very low bitterness but slight toasty, and almost a hint of fruity acidity. Oily texture, average carbonation and a boozy finish. Intense stuff!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bulk_Carrier (4728) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle dated 09/06/2016. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a dark brown color with a thin layer of off white foamy head dissipated at a good pace. No lacing. The aroma had some sweet bourbon, vanilla, slight wood, lush plum sweetness, and a light tobacco quality (far underneath). The flavor yields to the blend of the sweetness of the previously mentioned aromas with way less tobacco (seems barely there). Sweet plum to bourbon aftertaste strolling into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fair sipping quality about it. Mild carbonation, surprisingly enough given the date, I thought there would have been a tad more, but this was exceptionally smooth with zero cloying. Overall, as much as I love Sucaba by Firestone Walker, as far as English barleywines this one just takes the cake. Apparently, the beer I want to die with in my hands. But for my personal tribute, RIP Aaron Robards my beer mentor, I wish I could have drank this with you.


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