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RATINGS: 513   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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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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3.8
SpringsLicker (3682) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Pours a clear mahogany with a sticky light tan head.
The aroma is complex. Brown sugar, dried fruits, caramel, vanilla.
The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma had me anticipating and there is a strong hop presence in the flavor that also wasn’t evident in the aroma. American style BW. Well balanced, this one could age a while. Very smooth and hides it’s alcohol quite well.

3.5
ben4321 (6773) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2011
750 ml bottle - Michael Jackson’s Rare Beer Club, 8/28/11




Aroma: The nose is lots of bourbon, ripe fruits, caramel, toffee, wood, spice, and vanilla


Appearance: A dark mahogany-brown color with a fairly small beige head and light lacing


Flavor: Tastes fairly malty, lots of caramel/toffee, and a big bourbon/wood presence as well


Palate: The body is fairly full, sticky, a soft carbonation, and with a lingering warmth and spice


Overall Impression:
Overall, this is a solid beer. The barrel aging works fairly well. I like this beer, but I didn’t really find it overwhelmingly exciting. Solid stuff.

4
SudsMcDuff (8523) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2011
did i hurt your feelings stinky?? .. . first off, love the label- very amusing .. . pours a deep camel brown, good foam .. . bourbon, wood, pepper, and toffee .. . fantastic stuff, quite subtle for a barrel aged beer .. . . Lisa, vampires are make-believe, like elves, gremlins, and Eskimos.

3.8
Tmoney99 (15044) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle. Poured clear reddish brown copper color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, wood and small dark chocolate malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex solid beer.

3.4
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2011
Bottle at Theis and Mette tasting.
It pours a hazy amber colour with a tan head.
Aroma is malt, caramel and fruits with a hint of hops.
Flavour is bitter hops, slightly roasted malt, caramel, fruit and alcohol.

4.1
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Deep copper with foamy tan head and lace. Huge dried fruit/raisin, molasses aroma. Bourbon, dark brown sugar, dried fruit, resiny bitter, really sweet with nice warmth. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

3.9
strap (977) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - AUG 7, 2011
sweet vanilla aroma with a taste of brown sugar and strong malts. balanced flavor. pretty good for a barley wine ale.

3.8
SDalkoholic (2434) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle from Henry’s in Eastlake: Poured an amber tinted mahogany color and created a thick pillow of foamy head. In the aroma, my nose detects a rich sweet base of caramelized malts while also having notes of raisin, fig, wood, and alcoholic cough syrup. The flavor is initially bitter to the tongue but does allow for sweet and succulent malts that let off sugars and syrup. Also, there is a finish of wood, barrel aging and a presence of hot chocolate cocoa. Basically this beer taste just like the Unita Brewing anniversary barley wine recipe except with some aging in bourbon wood barrel.

4.2
LoFi (1756) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2011
Bottle.
Dark reddish brown with a porous beige head leaving lacing.
Aroma: dried fruits, malty, toffee, vanilla, earthy and somewhat hoppy.
Taste: raisins, toffee, chocolate, licorice, alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, creamy, earthy (medium) bitterness with some grapefruit.
Full-bodied and moussy.
Big and warming.

3.5
Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2011
750ml bottle, dated 11/18/2010 and consumed in January 2011. The body is a mostly clear, dark copper color. A small, smooth blanket of dark khaki foam coats the surface, lasting a good while. Solid sheets of lacing take a good long while to break apart into lasting, jagged columns. Aromas are big on toasted caramel and buttery toffee, dipping into roasty territory with notes of cocoa and bread. Vanilla and bourbon are quite apparent, adding a sweet alcoholic component. Flavors largely follow suit, again based in toasted caramels and toffees, with a big vanilla-bourbon kiss. There is some cocoa roast, but not enough to completely counter the sweetenss. The palate isn’t as overbearing as one would expect of an 11% BA barleywine. It is indeed warm and sweet, but not downright hot or sticky like I thought it would be. The carbonation is actually rather nice, as it cleans up some of the residual sugars. Overall, not a bad brew. Not really my style anymore, but it surpassed expectations in terms of balance and cleanliness.


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