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RATINGS: 502   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
Launch into the exquisite flavors of bourbon with splashes of vanilla. Watch for currents of dark chocolate and dried fruit. Generous amounts of hops and malts make for a smooth journey from start to finish. Decadent desserts and aged cheeses make superb companions.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angelmonster (194) - Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2016
This is review of 12/2013 vintage Pours a dark mahogany body, head is 1/4th of an inch and tan. Head retention and lacing are pretty good for an 11 percent barleywine. Smell is of tons of roasted malts, biscuit, spent grain, and slight oak. Alcohol, especially bourbon, isnt really detected. Hops arent there either, this is a malt bomb. Taste is of rich toffee, caramel malt, slightly burnt biscuits, and charred oak. Alcohol is well hidden but I also dont get a ton of bourbon unfortunately. Mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, and nicely carbonated. Head stayed present for a good while, which is impressive for such a big beer. Overall this was a solid barelywine, but i think I prefer their anniversary barleywine more. Maybe being cellared for 2 and a half years diminished some of the nuanced flavors that I was expecting from this beer. Not to mention I missed the bourbon completely. Still a solid beer, will have to try one fresher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (5178) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2016
Sweet, tea-like aroma. Tannic, cherries, leafy, vaporous alcohol. Clear, polished bronze. Lively fruitiness, boozy, woody notes, candied tones without being too sweet. Body is not too dense. A bit too raw and unbalanced. On tap, Brass Tap Midtown Tallahassee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Banksiz (118) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Wonderful warming nose, molasses, hints of cherry, raisins, and licorice. Nice balance of alcoholic warmth, sweetness and bitterness. Medium body, oily and slick, but without any cloying sweetness. Pleasant bitter finish. A wonderful shippable barley wine

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2756) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2016
750ml corked and caged bottle from Bottle and Cans in Chicago, with a bottle date of 10/11/13. Shared with bananabi11. At cellar temperature. Reddish brown pour. Beige head. Aroma has fruits, nuts, caramel, light wood raisin . Berry/caramel heavy. Taste is of sweet caramel, berries, other fruits, some wood alcohol. Licorice. Raisin. Maybe some barrel. Medium to full bodied. Lowly carbonated, the blend is solid. Definite alcohol. Finishes tangy sweet. Not sure if the aging was a positive or not. Solid taste but not great. 14.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (2591) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2016
Tap at Sedona. Thick and syrupy. Licorice, dark fruit, cough syrup. Heavy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
Pours a deep amber color, with a two finger off white head that had some staying power. Aromas of hops, sweet malts, and some more hops. Flavor isnt as sweet as I was led to believe. You can taste the alcohol from the get go, what follows is a nice mellow caramel/brown sugar (I Guess) sweetness that finishes with a nice bitter hop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (3282) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2016
Pours dark brown to black with light beige wisp and ring. Aroma is sweet, sweet bourbon, raisins and a little black currant. Taste is mainly sweet bourbon, touch of smoke, lightly bitter from the hops. This is bottled in 2013 so a lot of the hops have fallen off but still a lot of bite from the alcohol. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (4439) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods. Not much to look at, but a pleasure to drink. Bourbon barrel aging smooths out the entire package, making this one an easy to drink BW. Malts shine throughout, tons of caramel, toffee and butterscotch. Not much of the BA is readily evident, just subtle notes here and there, and toning down the 11% ABV to drinkable levels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bergstaden (2676) - Rros, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2016
Darkm amber with off white head - Spiced malt and wood aroma - Good sweet malt body with some spicy wood notes with some nice alcohol heat in the back - Sweet malt and some fruity and spicy notes goes into the finish - This was real good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 29, 2016
Bomber shared with brian dan and the duster...2014 vintage...aged beautifully...nose is fantastic with bourbon and vanilla notes...mouth was the same and excellent...every sip tasted better than the last...awesome brew!

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