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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 274   ABV: 9.12%
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Our own cult classic, Big Boris sports subtle changes in each year’s brew. This year’s version was brewed with pale and crystal malts and hopped with Chinook. Aged for a full 6 months prior to serving, this year’s brew bursts with ripe fruit flavors followed by a firm bitterness and a touch of alcohol warmth. Great today, should be much better in 5 or 10 years- if we can wait that long!

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2.6
kaser (6367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Very carmely and butter scotchy. Sweet as hell. Not even sure what this tastes like besides a sugar bomb. Had this poured from draft as part of a sampler at Lafayette Brewing Co.

2.7
thedm (6311) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2012
This draft brew from a beer festival poured a very large sized head of foamy fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a uncarbonated transparent golden brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The aroma was musty and malt hop. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish. The flavor contained notes of spices hops and malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

3.5
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Beer Bloggers Conference 2012
Dark Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Sweet Barley wine flavors and aroma this was a very tasty brew. They really take pride in cellering this brew.

2.9
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
22oz bottle from unclemike, thanks Mike! Hand written 10 marked on the bottle. Pours a clear, ruby-amber colored body with a thin, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is kind of an odd fruity caramel that is fairly sweet. The fruit gives off a bit of a tartness, actually. There is a decent hopping, but it gives off a bit of a cardboard nose. Flavor is better, but still a bit odd. Fruity and sweeter caramel up front. The fruits are a bit tart again. A good amount of earthy hops come in during the middle and dry this out with a moderate bitterness. Gets a bit grainy and sweet in the finish with lots of fruit. Lengthy aftertaste following a very smooth, medium body and a light carbonation. Overall, this didn’t really work for me. It was very fruity and somewhat tart with an earthy bitterness and caramel that never seemed to fully come together. This did grow on me a bit as I kept drinking it, but I wasn’t the biggest fan.

3.6
unclemike (3170) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Aromas of dark fruit, carmel, brown sugar and a hint of grapefruit. Pours a hazy tea color with a creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.Flavor is big caramel malt; for a barley wine I was expecting something a little sweeter but the balance was very palatable. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth

3.1
deyholla (12038) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Sampled at the 2010 Indiana Winterfest. Poured a orangish brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma was for of malts, caramel and grain. Flavor was more hoppy with the grains taking more of a back sweet. The beer was particularly smooth.

3.5
Block (2950) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Dark orange pour with a slightly off white head. Aroma is sweet of fruits with a definite hop and alcohol smell. Surprisingly easy to drink and masks the 9% alcohol fairly well. Not nearly as potent as I expected.

3.5
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Indy Winterfest ’09. Clear warm orange brown with a thin tan head. Balanced nose. Malt, but not sweet. Light astringency, alcohol. Fruity. Creamy. Lighter viscosity for style. Creamy malt. Astringent. Alcohol. Diacetyl, but it works. Caramel, butterscotch finish over some astringency.

3.5
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2009
2008/9 version on tap at LBC. Pours deep crimson amber with very nice thick off white head. The aroma is sweet, yeasty, with a little bit of hops and a bit of wet cardboard. The flavor starts with sweet malts, then moves to lots of bitter hops and ends with light lingering bitterness. It’s not particularly complex, but is very quaffable. The mouthfeel of the foam is excellent, very creamy, the body is a bit thin but oddly refreshing for a barley wine. Overall this is a good barley wine.

4.1
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2008
1997 version on tap at the Indiana Brewer’s Guild Festival. I’ve had this once before, a fresh version, and wasn’t taken with it. However, 10+ years of age revealed this to be a marvelous beer, and a highlight of the festival. In hindsight, I should have kept drinking this rather than standing in line for Dark Lord. Onto the beer: notes of raisin and fig dominate the nose and the palate, where a sweet English style barleywine enters the picture with caramel, toffee, and vanilla mingled with dried cherry and more fig. Chewy, rich, and I imagine a wonderful complement to a creme brulee or flan. Superb.


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