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RATINGS: 514   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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drfabulous (8831) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2010
My notes are hazy at this point. Last beer of the massive tasting. I wrote a scribble of malty and something else. It was tasty.

rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2010
SBWF 2010. Dark beer with a brown head. Vinous chocolate aroma, figs, raisins and licorice. Malty vinois flavor, licorice, figs and raisins, Huge body and a very pleasant finish.

CheersMate (1343) - 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. I’m getting a sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma are coming through, but they’re 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.

mcberko (19880) - 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.

coldbrewky (1731) - 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.

5000 (6900) - 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.

dwyerpg (6498) - 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.

anders37 (27667) - Malmö, 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.

gyllenbock (10035) - 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.

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 that’s like silk on the tongue. One of my biggest surprises at the festival.

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