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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A 12.5% English-style barleywine brewed with “heavy fists of malts and subtle, sweet cardamom,” then aged in bourbon barrels.

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3.5
emacgee (4708) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2017
Murky amber/copper pour with no head. Rich/sweet/malty in the nose and flavor. Dried fruits: raisin/prune. Moderate bitterness, warm and spicy alcohol with an earthy oaky character. Full body and low carbonation.

3.3
tennisjoel (1493) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2017
Red body with almost no head. Flavors of bourbon, raisin, caramel, oak, dark fruit. A little heavy on the bourbon and not so balanced.

3.9
Ronritter (875) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2017
on tap pors dark reddish brown thin off white head aroma caramel cardamon a nd booze taste is toffee spice and a boozy finish

3.9
deyholla (12439) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2017
Sampled from the tap at Winterfest 2017. Pours a hazy deep amber gold with a near whit head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of toffee, earthy grain, caramel and a touch of bourbon oak. Flavor has notes of toffee, caramel, earthy grain with some light spice and bourbon supporting.

3.1
wilnatp (718) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2017
Nov. 11, 2016, Commander Release party at Lift Bridge. Notes are limited. Caramel and booze. Fresh on tap from the 2016 release. I look forward to how this may cellar.

3.1
Nsanders (1178) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2017
2016 Bomber. Red brown with a khaki head. Bourbon, butter, crackers, alcohol, butterscotch and malt aromas. Buttery flavor with a boozey finish. Heavy body with a sticky feel.

3.5
Travlr (26198) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Draft at Republic. Hazy amber color. Aroma of lightly toasted caramel. Taste is boozy butterscotch. Full body.

3.8
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2016
2012 bottle shared at the February MDBG tasting. Hazy bronze, thin fizzy off-white head, good retention. Aroma of cardamom, toffee, brown sugar, candied citrus. The taste is cardamom, candied citrus, booze, toffee. Medium bodied, boozy, hot. Aged very well.

3.8
joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 21, 2016
2013 bottle. It pours a lightly hazed dark amber color with a small off white head. The aroma is full with rich bread and fruit. Lots of raisin bread, bourbon, caramel, fig... pretty nice actually. The flavor is the same. Raisin bread, bourbon, fig, and caramel. The cardamom is there, but has faded pretty profusely. There’s a very light hint of roast and nuts near the finish that aids in the dryness. The mouthfeel isn’t overly alcoholic or syrupy. Pretty drinkable for what it is. I really liked this one. I imagine the age has helped this one.

3.2
koleminer20 (4091) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. 750 mL bottle. The pour is a coppery color with a medium khaki head and a couple spots of lace that stick around. The aroma is strongly spicy and slightly metallic. There is a lot of rye spice with a pretty strong pepper that I’m not really feeling. It carries the normal caramel, vanilla, oak, and a decent bourbon to go along with it, but the metallic and the pepperiness is such a turn off. The flavor has the dark sugars, dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, and a bit of syrup. The spiciness isn’t good. The mouth feel is thin and light. The carbonation is light ans almost makes it come off watery. The aftertaste is lingeringly spicy and malty


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