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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 411   ABV: 13.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A heavy dose of rye breathes new life into this other-worldly strong ale. Supple spice and barley sweetness strike a balance in the young beer before its enlightenment in Heaven Hill Rye Whiskey barrels. Ethereal waves of dark fruit and vanilla ascend from the depths as the elixir warms while the rye character lends a stunningly silky mouthfeel. Perhaps it’s a doorway to an existential awakening, or maybe it’s just a damned fine beer.

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sawbuck (778) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2018
Nice aroma of bourbon whiskey, some vanilla, and musty basement. Deep orange ebony color with a thin head. Very sweet up front. Notes of vanilla, bourbon, molasses, and charcoal. Bitterness is dry. Finish has some rye echoes. Nice warming effect. Tasty.

4
rxeight (3321) - Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2017
2017 12 oz can. Yes that’s right. A 13.7% barrel aged barleywine in a can. The world has gone mad. Brownish caramel color. Toffee caramel and vanilla. Candied sugar. Sweet and sticky. Good amount of oak and barrel. Boozy but not overly. Rye spice comes through a bit. Low carb.

3.5
jackl (8555) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2017
Bottle pour @ Essen House. Deep brown with a small head. Really nutty, rich malt. Toasted chestnut and caramel. Brown sugar. Really hot and sweet. Nutty. Rich. brioche. Full body, soft carb .

3.8
deyholla (12583) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2017
On tap at Essen House. Pours a deep gold with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of rye and caramel with toffee and sweet grains backing. Flavor has a combination of toffee, sweet grains, caramel and a bit of rye barrel backing.

3.8
Tmoney99 (15118) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Tap. Poured clear dark brown with a moderate frothy tan head that mostly lasted with very good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, spice, wood with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex sweet flavor with a medium to heavy complex sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid brew.

4
koleminer20 (4171) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2016
From notes. Had in line while waiting for order forms at Dark Horse for the 4 Elf Party on December 9. 22 oz bottle. The pour is a clear-ish coppery orange color with a thin light tan ring of head that vanishes pretty quickly without any lace. The aroma is good. There is a spicy rye right up front with a lot of caramel and a decent maltiness. The barrel is pretty strong and there is a hint of vanilla. The flavor is a little better, because it’s more balanced. The toffee, light vanilla, good barrel, nice spicy rye, and a good charred oak really balance out nicely. The mouth feel is a little light with a nice carbonation and a lingeringly spicy caramel tinted oak. This is a solid offering.

4
ebone1988 (2232) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2016
Aroma is rye, barrel, booze, vanilla, good. Appearance is rust orange, mostly clear, light tan. Taste is caramel, booze, rye, toffee, barrel, vanilla, wonderful. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, caramel barrel aftertaste. Overall, well done.

3.6
Johnstledger8 (1409) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 9, 2016
Draught. Pours a murky brown with a quickly fading off white head. Aroma is of treacle, rye, whiskey, dark fruits. Taste is of caramel, dark fruits, treacle, nuts, rye spice. Sticky oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation.

3.8
darb85 (310) - Canton, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Molasses booze nose. Bourbon Amber pour. Sweet clove and bourbon initial taste that mellows. Carbonated but thick mouth feel

3.7
tmoreau (4739) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2016
Shared bomber poured to my snifter showing a cloudy, brownish amber color, with a modest layer of off white head foam, and spots of lacing. The nose was sweet caramel, toffee, treacle, some spiciness, and alcohol at the ready. Medium bodied, with low carbonation, continued sweetness, a combination of barrel astringency and light tartness, and hefty, whiskey-like booziness. Warming and Barleywine-ish.


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