RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 4.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 388   ABV: 12.94%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The artisans at Tusk & Grain have done it again with the release of their second Barrel Blend. Boasting notes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and toffee, this new blend of Barleywine and two different Imperial Stouts opens up the book on extravagance. With barrels ranging in age of 12 to 24 months, this beer has been carefully blended to elevate each component, resulting in a tapestry of flavors and aromas that only a synthesis of strong beers can weave. “The backbone for this Barrel Blend is the barleywine that has been aged for 24 months in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels, allowing it to develop overwhelmingly rich components of caramel, toffee, oak, and bourbon. During this time it has mellowed and developed a sweetness that perfectly balances it’s assertive alcohol content,” says Greg Peters, Tusk & Grain Cellar Master. He adds, “With the addition of a 2 year old Imperial Stout, and a one year old Export Stout, elements of chocolate and roast further add to the complexity of this beer bringing rich, dark fruits to the nose and a finish that is surprisingly smooth and drinkable. Overall, this beer, for obvious reasons, can be seen as a more mature and refined take on Barrel Blend 1.” Tusk & Grain Barrel Blend No. 02 – ABV 12.94%.

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4.4
numalee13 (34) - THAILAND - OCT 23, 2017
AROMA : caramel, coffee, roasty, chocolate, coffee , barely smell Alc. , with a hint of Bourbon and roast malt .
APPEARANCE : SRM36 , black, minimal head
TASTE : light sweetness, medium bitterness , Complex
PALATE : medium body easy to drink like export stout , slick feel, average carbonation, long finish .

3.8
bytemesis (9345) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 22, 2017
Bottle shared by Aaron - thanks! Pours clear mahogany, small beige head, dissipates fairly quickly, good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, mocha, vanilla, hint of cinnamon, cocoa. Flavor is fully sweet, light plus bitter. Full body, soft mouthfeel. Hot.

4.7
dwyerpg (6454) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 1, 2017
Awesome stuff. Thick without feeling like it's coating. Never too sweet, this is a tasty beer that is basically a top notch imperial stout. At least, I get the stout flavors more than the barleywine. Really well done.

4.7
llkc (2763) - århus, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2017
Duft vanilje kaffe chokolade brownie sød brun farin dyb intens smag chokolade kakao sød vanilje karamel svag ristet malt burbon

4.7
77ships (11354) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2017
Big thanks to Dowon! Bottle split by 3. Black, little tanned head. Nose is thick sweet caramel, toffee & bourbon, lovely bourbon, sweet sugar, barleywine & bourbon are clear. Wonderful warming sweet barleywine, sugar, candy, sweet warming, big bourbon, sugar, toffee, caramel, wood, low chocolate,… Warming,… Wonderful big slab of bourbon, caramel, sugar,… Damn MillerCoors this is tasty stuff.

3.7
kraddel (9197) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2017
Pours black, small and bit darker head. Smell is boozy, some barrel. Some soy sauce. Taste is full, roasty, boozy, oak, bourbon, mild vanilla, sharp grainy booze. Body is to the thicker side. Carbo is average to moderately high.

3.7
BeerandBlues2 (13871) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, long retention. Aroma is moderate caramel, chocolate and roast malt, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, brown sugar with dates and figs. Flavor is moderate roast, chocolate and caramel malt, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, dates, figs and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

4.3
Travlr (26270) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2, thanks! Black color beige head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, toasted coconut, dark roast coffee. Taste is sweet bourbon, vanilla, fruity coffee, dark chocolate. Delicious.

5
davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 22, 2017
Full marks, tastes of chocolate, vanilla, liquorice. Well balanced sweet and bitter notes. Perfect.

3.8
mcberko (19193) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2017
On tap at Elizabeth Station, pours black o that a reddish tinge and a small beige head. Aroma is intense, with loads of rye barrels and bourbon, followed by caramel malts and a touch of roast. Flavour is along the same lines, with caramel, bourbon, and rye. Thick and dense. A wonderful blend. Excellent.


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