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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine

Some of us have it and some of us don’t. You know what we’re talking about. That quintessential mark of a true man of beer legend, the very badge of the great brew masters the world over. Around here, we call it beard envy. And like this robust beer, it speaks volumes with words like “Put that razor down and take a drink.” With flavors of toffee, raisins and dark fruit accentuated by vanilla and a hint of bourbon balanced by the resinous pine notes of Chinook hops, this barrel-aged barley wine masterwork is as bold and hearty as the beards we salute.

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3.5
drfabulous (7949) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 21, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Ale Yeah. This is a big caramel brown sugar bomb. Sweet and boozy. Sugar overtakes any trace of bourbon. Needs more balance.

3.6
kayres (888) - , Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2014
Dark copper and tan head. Very sweet vanilla nose. Sweet sugary vanilla and booze not bad ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
pineypower (3327) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014
Bottle thanks to Dmac. Pours out a lightly reddish to dark brown color with no real head to speak of. Aroma is of burnt wood, cigar humidor, caramel, peat moss, and some light sweetness. Taste is caramel, light toffee, burnt wood, maduro cigar, earth, soil, vanilla and some mild lingering alcohol on the finish. Interesting.

3.5
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Good beer that I had hoped was going to be a great beer. Pours nearly clear on the lighter side of dark brown with minimal head. Scent is booze and bourbon. The flavor is a bit skewed towards bourbon and booze. A touch thin for style. Bottle - Ale Yeah! - Decatur, GA

3.8
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle given to me by RB’s Scotchzi. Poured into a snifter. Deep reddish brown with a finger’s worth of tan head that faded into a thick collar and good amount of wisps. Good lacing. Aroma is molasses, sweet nuts (pecan or hazelnut) and toffee. Light body and low carbonation, but a sticky mouthfeel. Taste is much like the aroma: toffee and nutty with lots of grainy sweetness. I typically don’t like Red Brick, but this is one of their best IMHO.

3.5
hman43 (1588) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2014
There is strong aroma of caramel, biscuit, and molasses. It is a deep amber brown color with almost no head to speak of. There is a strong taste that resembles molasses, malted flavors, with a strong bitter sting at the end. It’s a little more lively with the carbonation than most barley wines I’ve had, but overall it’s good.

3.8
dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2014
12oz bottle thanks to TBS. Poured a deep burnt orange/brown under a smaller dense foamy beige head. Aroma is sweet, molasses, toffee, caramel, raisin, oak and vanilla. Thick chewy body with soft to average carbonation and a very dry finish. Flavor really has the oak dominating throughout and the sweeter notes drying out. Dried out caramel, vanilla candies, dried bread crusts, citrus and some nuts. Good stuff.

3.6
Cybercat (5838) - Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Growler. Sample I got fizzed a fair amount, so have a thirsty towel at the ready. Pours a dark sepia that fades to golden amber at the bottom. Strong aroma is quite sweet, with notes of caramel and brandy and a woody hint. Flavor has caramel, fruity and woody notes - and a strong, but not too fierce, alcohol bite. Smooth texture is fairly viscous and fizzy. Don’t be(ard) envious, drink one!

3.7
GTAEgeek (2219) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy, dark brown, with a thin, tan head. Immense butter toffee and coffee, lots of oak, with some notes of bitter orange peels, vanilla, and some earthy hops. Heavy body, sticky, and very hard. Overall, this is a nice, boozy, and relatively hoppy barley wine. Overly bitter, but not bad.

3.6
b3shine (8875) - Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle to snifter (shared by jmborggren). Looks good; a translucent caramel with thin lacing somewhere between off-white and light beige. Smells solid; sweet malt, caramel, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.


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