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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Small Batch Series: From the aroma and notes of sweet honeysuckle, pineapple, and grapefruit, to richer hints of burnt sugar, and toffee, this intriguing brew is full of complex flavors. The distinct character of toasted oak adds depth and contrasts the light fruit sweetness. This unique take on a barleywine ale surprises with its smoothness and balance of fruit, hop citrus, and warming strength.

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JB84 (652) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
Pour copper orange with a beige head. Aroma big oak, floral, citrus, citrus, pine, caramel,, vanilla, fruity. Taste pineapple, oak, vanilla, tropical fruit, citrus, resiny hops, wood, toffee. Mf medium sticky body with light carb. Strange brew not sure it worked to well together but valiant effort none the less.

Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2011
22 oz. bottle- Pours clear orange with a fluffy thick head and decent lace. The aroma is grapefruit, other tropical fruits, very similar to an IPA, but with a little clove and malt, nice actually. The taste is very alcoholic, grapefruit and melon come through, a nice spicy finish, oak, lots of oak. Body is chewy and thick, carbonation is medium to low. This is a massive beer, I think I should have shared this with someone, I’m gonna be shitfaced by the end of this one.

dchmela (3088) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Pours a golden caramel color with a thick off white head. Burnt caramel, toasted oak, honey notes and sugar all pop up in the aroma. Taste is smooth and a little thick, but cleaner than most BW’s. Lots of fruity honey notes as well as oak, caramel and citrus. Well done, but may not be completely to style.

Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours a light orange/gold color with a quickly fading head. Aroma is hard to pin down and not as hoppy as I expected. Some notes of rich honey, caramel, tropical fruit and something like white wine. The flavor has a little bite from the Nelson hops which cut through nicely and meld into the buttery flavor of the oak. Burnt caramel and butterscotch are also noticeable in the flavor. Decent amount of carbonation and a smooth texture that is slightly oily. Some alcohol heat on the back end and a light fruity finish. Not bad, but had higher expectations for this one.

ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2011
22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia. Batch 1.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-gold body with a tall, craggy, off-white head.

Smell: Juicy fruitiness, and, when picking up the sweet-scented notes, a bit like Juicy Fruit. Pale maltiness, some nimble hints of breadiness there, and a heavy layer of honey and toffee. Notably buttery American oak aroma throughout, also a bold streak of alcohol.

Taste: Scantly toasty, bready pale malts with a full-on, candyish toffee sweetness. Tropical jackfruit fruitiness with an additional hint of grapefruit citrus followed fast by the buttery oak. Moderately bitter, which pairs with the tannins and the booziness of the beer for a relatively astringent back-half. Some sweetness loitering around the finish, though it manages to dry out at the last second with some enduring warmth, bitterness, and crispy tannins.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, tongue-coating mouthfeel.

Overall: A bit hot, but, at 11.5%, it’s really to be expected. By the end of the bottle, you’ll be seeing not only griffins, but manticores, chimeras, and the fearsome Jim Koch cyclops. It reminds me a bit of Nemesis (2009), in that there’s plenty of good there, but really needs some time to smooth out.

rajendra82 (1109) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 4, 2011
The body of the beer was clear, and burnt orange in color, which was a few shades lighter than most beers of the style. Carbonation appeared rapid, and formed a two finger thick head in the tulip glass. The aroma of the beer was extremely disappointing. I was expecting a hop assault like Bigfoot or Old Guardian, but instead this was just a bit of honey smell, and very mild one at that. The taste revealed this beer to be on the sweet side of spectrum. i could detect toffee, caramel, and honey. There just weren’t a lot of hops added to contribute to flavor profile. There was peppery bite and some wood notes in the finish. The body appeared a bit runny, and did not have the richness I had hoped for. This was a disappointment for an oak barrel aged Barleywine from a big brewer.

SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 4, 2011
bottle. a little nervous about this 11.5% monster on a sunday afternoon. pours a clear orange under a small white head. nose of light colored fruits like pear and pineapple with no alcohol and very faint floral hop. flavor is big on coconut, vanilla, pineapple. low hop flavors. i get a tropical feel from this. toasted oak must add the coconut notes. full body. abv is tame in the flavor. pretty cool BW.

nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
The aroma is malty with vanilla and oak. The appearance is light orange amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall this is a very good beer.

Palidor19 (3194) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
This beer has a strong alcohol flavor, but that the problem. Its strenght gives off a lack of flavor. A slight bit of malt and a decent amount of hops. But it faults at the overall flavor. Strong but not much else

porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 4, 2011
(22 oz. bottle (Batch 1) Bootleggers) Pours bright, lightly hazy orange-amber with a hint of red. Two and a half fingers of lightly amber off-white head. Aroma of toffee and caramel with hints of grapefruit and pine. Mouthfeel fairly smooth and full but not much texture (filtered?). Flavor of honey-caramel and toffee. Medium-bitter bite in finish. Licorice-like note on back end. OK but pretty simple and relatively boring for a barleywine.

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