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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
Big N Bold aged in bourbon barrels.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2011
12oz bottle – 2010 vintage courtesy of Alexsdad06 – thank s Brad! Pretty sure I have a rating in my backlog courtesy of BOLTZ7555 – so thanks J as well! Pours a murky caramel brown with a thin off-white head. The nose is tobacco, caramel, molasses, vanilla and bourbon. The taste is dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar, wood and bourbon. Medium bodied. Very tasty beer.

koleminer20 (4171) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2017
From notes. Can’t believe I haven’t rated this one yet. Enjoyed at a share up at Huffman Lake with some good dudes the weekend of September 30 through October 01. 12 oz bottle(s), 2011 vintage. Part of a 19 beer blind barleywine tasting. The pour is a little bit of a muddy brown. Medium in color with a thinner ring of off white head and no lace as it vanishes. The aroma is definitely a sharp alcohol up front. There is a lot of oak and booze. The light caramel comes through after that with a bitter malt that comes off pretty messy to me. The flavor is much of the same. There is a good caramel up front, but the barrel integration is definitely hot and overpowering. The oak doesn’t necessarily balance, and it leaves to a bit of messiness. The mouth feel is a medium bodied and more sharply carbonated. It’s quick fading and sharp. Aftertaste is lingeringly boozy with a light caramel on it. It’s really interesting, but not my jam here for a barleywine. 6 4 6 4 14

2011 vintage. Personally rated 14/19 in the blind tasting. Aggregate had it 11/19.
2014 vintage. Personally rated 17/19 in the blind tasting. Aggregate had it T14/19.
2010 vintage. Personally rated 19/19 in the blind tasting. Aggregate had it 19/19.

MarcoDL (5473) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2017
Bottle at tasting. Muddy brown pour. Aroma of delicious bourbon vanilla, raisin, caramel and booze. Rich taste of luscious bourbon vanilla, buttery caramel fudge, raisin, booze and some malt. This is how a bourbon ba barley wine should be done, fantastic.

weihenweizen (4207) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2017
Refrigerated 12 oz. 2014 brown bottle from FlandersNed poured into a snifter. Opaque dark brown with very small beige head. Aroma is caramel malt, medium body, medium/low carbonation, and very little lacing. Taste is toffee, caramel, some dark fruit, a little heat, and a little booze. Malty and quite nice for the ABV.

kraddel (9332) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 23, 2017
Pours warm rubyred/caramelly brown. Small white head. Smell is intense, bit booze, dades, warm, complex, caramel. Taste is super intense, sweet, thick, rich fruityness. Dades, raisins. Very complex, leaves, some wood. Very mild bourbon. Hint of bitterness on The end. Silky, sticky mf and low carbo. Extremely nice, as expected.

jc1762 (1651) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Thanks Greg for sharing bottle! 2015 bottle poured into a taster showing lightly translucent dark wooden brown with no head. The nose light bourbon background with light figs and dates. The palate is medium bodied and moderately carbonated with very prickly alcohol. Strong bourbon forwardness with a light sweetness.

TimE (6269) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 5, 2017
Hazy medium brown mahogany color. Amazing bourbon, tootsie roll, vanilla, burnt raisins, dark fruit, figs, chocolate in the nose. Slighy tart. Medium full body, low carbonation, tons of vanilla, burnt raisins and brown sugar. Fairly sweet but alcohol for the strength is well hidden. Smooth as can be. Long lingering bourbon and vanilla finish. Excellent.

thomashall (1249) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2017
12oz 2014 bottle. Caramel clear pour. Aroma is booze, caramel, nutty. Taste follows, boozy, sweet, this crazy good.

DroolYeast (1775) - Odder, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2017
Bottle. Aroma of bourbon, dark berry, chocolate fudge, caramel, vanilla icecream. Hazy brown with tan head, not lasting. Taste is light boozy, moderate sweet and light bitter. Full body, oily feel and sweet boozy finish.

Klimaet (3088) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2017
Bottle. Pours dark hazy brown with a small light brown head. Aromas of vanilla, fudge, butterscotch, chocolate, malt, black currants, vanilla icecream, light booze. Taste is bready, malty, huge vanilla, fudge, chocolate, butterscotch, dark fruits. Fuckin hell this is good.

saxo (19569) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2017
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are rich fruits, bourbon, wood, caramel, malt, hops and alcohol. Full bodied. Warming boozy finish.

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