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RATINGS: 351   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danrcook (25) - California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Pours with an almost hefeweizen appearance but has a flavor resembling a cider. I want to like it, it is unique....but I can’t get my brain wrapped around the hint of pineapple... Head is good and appearance is great. I appreciate Sam Adams doing a great job at their new small batch items and it is a value for its ABV

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (6094) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 30, 2016
Amber color with a fairly dense dark cream colored head. Aromas of oak, butter, light bourbon, toasted malt and hint of alcohol. Pale malt, honey, toasted malt and nut in the front. Mild has some toffee and spicy hops. Alcohol is only really showing itself but the small fire starting in my stomach. A bit hot right now, but this should mellow out really nicely in a short period of time. Certainly one of the better barleywines I have had in some time. 9/11

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a dark reddish brown color. Aromas of dark fruit, malts, a citrus hops. Flavor had big alcohol taste mixed a nice hop action and lots of fruit and malt flavors.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
HopTsing (574) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Straight out the bottle It sucked. It was sickeningly sweet smelling, appallingly sweet tasting with a slight battery acid burn at the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tia (2047) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle (probably been in the fridge three years). Caramel color with foamy oatmeal head. Smells really sweet and boozy. Tastes really sweet. It dropped a bomb on me, baby, a malt bomb on me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a dense, foamy white head. Sudsy lacing along the glass. Aroma has pineapple, grapefruit, shoe polish and resin. Flavor is rich with sweetness and hoppy booze notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Warped_Silver (124) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle is 1 year old. Pours deep amber/brown with 1 finger head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of bubblegum, aged fruit, booze, cotton candy. High carbonation for style. Taste of hop bitterness, caramel, pecans, and oak. Medium body. Finish with mild booze and subtle hop bitterness. Overall, decent, not amazing due to harshness ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Rated based on notes taken 25 Feb 2014 -- The oak comes through in a great way. A great sipping beer that has a nice sweet flavor up front that blossoms into a complex end.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
damzz (491) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Pours a cloudy yellow red with a white head. Nose is soft fruit. Palate is full bodied. Taste is slight toffee and oak.Ftertaste is mellow bitterness. This is 22 oz bottle with 10% ABV from Batch 2.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 3, 2014
22oz bottle - One of the few whiffs from Samuel Adams. I like the idea of doing a barleywine outside the proveribal "box", but it just doesn’t work very well. Aroma is light vanilla, rock-candy, light oak and some oxidized/tropical-fruit combo. Taste has a strange banana/mango angle with a strong prescence of plastic. Honey, burnt sugar and alcohol also present. Seemed like a Belgian ale combined with a barleywine and it took the lesser qualities of each style to make this beer.

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