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RATINGS: 499   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1341) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2010
750 ml. bottle for $14. Quite expensive and not what I expected in the least. Quite hoppy for a barrel-aged barley wine. Pine hops are hitting my nostrils a little bit more than I would like. Im getting a sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma are coming through, but theyre not mixing well with that pine hop aroma. The texture is a bit thin -- a bit too thin for a barley wine, in my opinion. The flavor tastes of vanilla, bourbon, and hops. Damn, I mean, this is simply too green, as others have said. The brewers did a great job with the aging aspect, but the hops need to fade before I imbibe this. My only complaint is that this is too hoppy for what it is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (15441) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010
750mL bottle, pours dark brown with a reddish tint with a big beige head. Aroma of dark dried fruits, molasses, bourbon and oak. Intensely complex flavour of dark dried fruits and chocolate, with a vanilla and oak on the finish. Most outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2010 Pours a deep brown with hardly a head. Deep ruby in the glass. Nose of intense sweet malts with a hint of heat from musty bourbon. Body undulates with light hops and vanilla in the mist. Long sweet malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Bottle:   Reddish caramel, moderate sudsy light beige head, spotty lacing.   Fruity sweet caramel nose, slightly nutty and malty.   Somewhat of a bright citrus rind background, malty, nutty, bready, and very green.   Seems to need some age, albeit its not that alcoholic and not that sweet.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Needs to be a bit sweeter, maybe more caramel and bright fruitiness.   Nose is decent, but doesnt translate to the tongue very well.   Seems green, without being very big and an ability to age.   Not uber hoppy, not uber malty, seems a cross between an American and an English example.   Almost wished it would pick a side.   Not bad, but seems green and not smooth enough.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5840) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2010
This is really a top-notch barleywine. Lots of molasses, tons of hops, a good hop bite throughout. A great sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (24478) - Malm, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (8253) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2010
Bottle at SBWF 2010. Clear amber with a small, creamy head. Very nice aroma of dried fruit, oak and vanilla. The taste was quite complex and very pleasant. Excellent mouth feel, the alcohol was present but did not bother. I would love to have a bottle or two in my cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2010
Sample at SBWF 2010. Clear mahogany with almost no head. Very smooth, round with vanilla and a nice buttery touch. The aroma is boozy but theres none of that in the taste, instead it has a perfect mouthfeel thats like silk on the tongue. One of my biggest surprises at the festival.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (6606) - rebro, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2010
Bottle at SBWF 2010. It poured a very dark amber liquid with a msall dirty white head. Intense flavour of dried fruit and wood. Also fairly sweet and complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Bottled 04-10. The pour is a mostly clear, deep, dark ruby color and an average, pillowy, tan head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is very pleasant with dark chocolate and complementary vanilla, toffee and almonds, dried apricots, some charred bourbon oak, and some spicy/earthy hops. The flavor is similar with more charred oak and vanilla, more earthy hops, some leafy hops emerging, dried apricots still, and fading notes of dark chocolate and toffee. The palate is lively, full, velvety, warm, and coating. The finish is long and warm with earthy/leafy hops, dried apricot, and charred oak notes. A nice version of the style with lots of malt complexity, some balancing hops, and complementary bourbon. A bit similar to Old Blarney from Moylans with the leafy hop notes, and malt prominence but balancing bitter notes, but not as well put together. Nice enough to try but not worth paying the price of an exclusive beer.

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