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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich, full bodied Barley Wine with a wonderfully warming character from the malts & dark brown sugars. Held to the light, its burgundy color is fitting for a bigger beer that has aromatics that hint of the oak, the whiskey, the somewhat sweet nature, and molasses that makes this beer truly unique. Using Stranahans Whiskey barrels, we aged this beer for 6 months to impart a small amount of oak tannins and the whiskey character that combine to elevate this beer beyond its original entry into this world.

Note: 750ml BOTTLED VERSION

2013 United States Open Beer Championship Gold Medal - Barley Wine
2010 World Beer Championships Bronze Medal Barley Wine

2013 US Open Beer Championships Bronze Medal Barley Wine

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalumeaux (1229) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Poured from bottle thanks Airforcehops cellar aged 2014 brown mahogany with a thin white head. Aromas of honey caramel oak and malt. Taste is mildly sweet up front caramel oak and then turns into a lingering bitter finish which is meant to balance the sweetness but just lingers a bit too long.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (2456) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2016
2014 750ml bottle from AirForceHops cellar. Thanks, Chris! Pours murky medium brown with an off white head. Aroma is barnyard funk, caramel, bourbon, oak. Flavor has a mild funk, caramel, dark fruits. Pine bitterness balances out the sweetness. This is turning sour, and if you have a 2014 bottle, drink it now.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (7792) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 9, 2016
750ml bottle pours a hazy, deep brown with some swirling white head. Nose has vanilla, cake, some spice. Flavor is hot with booze, spice, vanilla, chocolate, caramel. Full bodied, booze finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7605) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2016
From a 750ml bottle at the DC tasting on March 25, 2016. Poured a hazy brown color with a smal tan head. Aroma was light sweet malts, some mild oak notes. Caramel malt notes. Woody character.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenDV138 (6446) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Bottle shared at the DC Tasting on 3/25/2016. Thanks Travlr! Slightly hazy brownish orange with off-white head. Aromas of honey, caramel, citrus, alcohol. Tastes of whiskey, oak, caramel, light roast. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (8062) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Big malt and some oak and caramel. Hazy brown pour with ok head and lacing. Bitter and astringent. Light sweetness. Bottle shared at tasting.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (22484) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle courtesy of me. Clear golden amber color. Aroma has light spice, toasted vinous caramel Taste is bittersweet boozy vanilla and burnt caramel. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (6549) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2016
On draft at 38 degrees Ale House in Alhambra. Pours a cloudy copper with an ecru head. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Flavors of oak and vanilla. Bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MetalNHopHead (1655) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 4, 2016
While Nebraska Brewing has proven itself to be versatile across the styles, its the rich, boozy, and malty styles that they consistently deliver on. Fathead fits perfectly in that area. The barrel aging adds some woodsy oak character without putting too much whiskey char on the body. Theres alcohol warmth and this is definitely a full-bodied brew, but its far from being crushingly heavy. Flavor has butterscotch, caramel, brown sugar, and hints of vanilla. Barleywines arent generally known for their subtlety. Fathead makes 12.1% smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HuskerTan (1847) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Draft/Fest. A- Oak, butterscotch. A- Amber color, cloudy liquid, off white head. T- Butterscotch, complex. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish. O- Really tasty. The butterscotch and a bit of oak are about all that really stand out, but its easy to drink and nicely balanced.


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