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RATINGS: 504   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2011
750 poured into a snifter, dated June 2010 (didnt notice the date until after a few sips). Pours a rusty red with a very thin whitish head. Boozy aroma with tons of prunes, figs, toffee, and bourbon. Taste is quite warm, an underlying fruitiness accented by warm vanilla spice and oak. Dark fruit flavor, not much hoppiness but enough to balance it. Not really much bourbon flavor. Ive had this fresh on tap and it definitely had more bourbon character. Not quite as much heat as when fresh, but still noticeably boozy in taste, like a rich dessert wine. Mouthfeel was smooth, but more or less uncarbonated. Would have been perfect if it was on cask, but alas. Not bad, overall. Definitely preferred it fresh (and carbonated).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle; Pour is murky dark golden amber; frothy beige head that retains well in this glass- light, spotty lacing is present here. The nose is oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and a certain earthiness. It goes downhill for me, honestly - the bourbon notes are quite muted , and the brew , while boozy, is a little thin down the center. Earthy oak, bourbon, vanilla, hop resins, a a bit of cocoa, I guess. Eh

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUN 19, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep ruby cherry brown color with a few off white bubbles on the top that quickly fade. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, light vanilla, dried dark fruit and chocolate. Taste of sour oak wood, bourbon, caramel, dark fruit and chocolate notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Appearance: Pours a ruby hued brown with a small gathering of tight white bubbles.

Aroma: Sweetness, wood, alcohol and apple crisp.

Taste: Wood tannins, caramelized sugar, dark chocolate, dark fruit and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

Overall: A fairly decent barleywine. Im going to lay one down to see where this goes.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (5171) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
From a 760 ml corked and caged bottle that opened with a nice pop when the cork was removed. Pours dark muddy copper color with a really bid tan head with lots of big bubbles and very heavy lacing. Very attractive. The nose greets you with bourbon, dark ripe fruit and some citrus hops lingering in the background. The body is full and the mouthfeel shows some alcohol. The flavor is bourbon, ripe fruit, vanilla, chocolate and again some alcohol. The finish is very smooth and long lasting. This is a first class barley wine and perfectly aged in the bourbon barrel. Yum.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Brown pour with coppery highlights and substantial head. The aromas are potent alcohol, chocolate, vanilla, oak. and restrained bourbon. The flavors are likewise pretty consistant...Bourbony oak, vanilla, chocolate, plums, dates, raisins, robust earthy/herbal hopping, and a strong alcoholic dryness in the finish. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goodgrief (2018) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2011
On tap at Capones. Cherry brown color, good head for a high abbreviation beer. Aroma was caramel and fruit. Lots of complexity in this one, all flavors in the description come through clearly...dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, oak...and of course bourbon. The bourbon was strong, but not overpowering and not burning. I enjoyed this.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2011
On tap at Capones for the Cigar City Philly Beer Week Event with Leafs93 and OMeara. Pours a dark brown color with an off white foam head. Heavy dark fruit taste. A malt bomb that reminds me somewhat of Raison DExtra but less boozy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (2262) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Pours amber with tan head. Aroma was oak, vanilla, caramel and smokeyness. Taste was smokey sweet. The vanilla came throughnas it warmed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2011
In bottle. Pours a beautiful clear ruby-copper colour. Aroma is very nice with a mix of hops, alcohol and some sweetness. The hop flavours die away early leaving a pleasant caramel, barley taste. I enjoyed this more than most barley wines, helped by the generous addition of hops : )


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