overall
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99
style
Serve in Snifter

bottling
unknown

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RATINGS: 389   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Big N Bold aged in bourbon barrels.

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2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2010
2005 bottle sampled 2010. No head. Dark brown. Huge nose; brown sugar, molasses and alcohol. Does not appear to have kept up well over 5 years. More terriyaki than soy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Shared at a Tampa crew tasting 7-22-2010. Pleasant bourbon barrel notes, caramel, vanilla. The moderate sweetness was spot on. Great brew.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7919) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Bottle (2009) thanks to mattolesh. Pours with a clear bronze color and minimal head. Aroma of coconut milk, caramel, vanilla, nougat and decadence. Taste is vanilla, nougat, caramel. Very chewy. Really awesome. Medium carbonation, pretty slick!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2010
12oz bottle. 2005 vintage. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head which dissipated quickly. Nose is of rich, dark fruit and bourbon. The bourbon is not overpowering, but complimentary in this. Taste is of dark fruits and bourbon. Very complex. Mouthfeel started off medium-thin, but progressed to chewy and dry. Hmmm. Interesting. Some alcohol noticeable. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (10089) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2010
On tap at the Blind Tiger. Pours a hazed copper brown with no head. Light cinnamon, raisins, plums, and old malt. Smells a lot like a mince meat pie. Vanilla, hints of chocolate and figs. Chocolate and raisins, dripping in caramel. Long tingly caramel hits the gums, spicy and big warm alcohol on the ridiculously long finish. For ~15% ABV this drinks like less, but not a whole lot less.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleeng (1679) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2010
2005 bottle thanks to maltomeal at the Houston July RB tasting. Poured dark brown with a small head. Nose is very alcoholic, chocolatey, caramel with some fruity notes (!). Taste of soy, chocolate, sweetness-very complex. Dry but effervescent. Very smooth. Excellent!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
callmemickey (4526) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 2009 Release A: Amber brown body. Fairly clear. Moderate light tan head. Quickly receded but remained as a skim for the duration. Spotty lacing throughout. S: Dangerously sweet. Like warm maple syrup. Quite a bit of bourbon with its oak and vanilla companion notes. Caramel, brown sugar, and raisins fill out the sweet maltiness. Subtle spicy underbelly. T: All of the notes from the nose are here, but the sweetness has mellowed out. Bourbon, oak and vanilla are up front paired with a slight booze blast. Caramel, molasses, brown sugar, raisins, and a hint of citrus. Some earthy/spicy hop bitterness. Well balanced between the booze/malt/hops. M: Moderate-heavy bodied with near ideal carbonation. Only a slight booze burn (considering the 14.5% ABV, this is impressive). Clean finish, with a bit of bitterness and only a little lingering sweetness. Manages to deliver an incredible amount of sweetness from start to finish but never crosses the line and becomes cloying. O: Slow drinking, but that should be no surprise. Deliciously complex with a good body = top tier bourbon aged barleywine. Id imagine aging this brew would only improve the balance and help bring out additional layers of flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (3126) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2010
the aroma is fruity, boozy, malty, very enticing. The appearance is a deep red, white head. The flavor is fruity, bready, boozy. Surprisingly light on bourbon. The finish is piney ghpos. hicky, syrupy mothfeel. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
2005 vintage bottle from MaltOMeal.
Pours a murky, slightly thin mahogany with raisin brown highlights. Aroma is bourbon oak soaked raisin with a touch of caramel-infused red wine. Flavor is a tangy, zesty citrus quickly offset by a raisiny caramel-oaked red wine with a melon/cherry hybrid fruit. Lots of stuff going on here; seems to be a different taste set with every sip. Thin on the tongue at first but becomes more chewy as it warms. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8912) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Awesome brew thanks to FlandersNed.December 2009 edition. Pours a medium brown copper color with a very small bubbly head. An amazing nose, it scream take notice, this is an awesome aroma; sweet bourbon, caramel and sweet candies, nutty and huge oak. A hot full flavor; sweet caramel and dry candies, oak, loads of vanilla and bourbon, even a bit of sweet hops. A wonderful hot barley wine. A very thin body.


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