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Review by younger35 on 11/13/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 16 3 8 0
Received this beer last year and for the life of me can’t remember who sent it to me. I’ve had FW10 & 11 and they were both very solid. Excited to try this one. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a pitch ass black with a nice half finger creamy dark tan head. A super thin collar is all that remains after a few min and zero lacing is left behind.
Smell- Despite how dark it is it still has a fairly familiar Barleywine smell. A light malty sweetness upfront that’s full of caramel and butterscotch. A buttery sort of woodiness from the barrels that adds just a touch of vanilla. Not sure if this is aged in bourbon barrels but there is a light spirit like influence in the nose. Fairly simple, upfront nose that I don’t get any hops or that usual candy like aspect. Not really roasted either despite how dark it is.
Taste- Starts with a light bit sweetness upfront with a fair amount of rich caramel and a touch of milk chocolate. No roast is really noticeable but there is that sort of astringent bitterness that you get from dark malts. A bit of vanilla from the barrels bleeds in and adds a majority of the flavor of the beer. The finish is lightly sweet with a touch of candied malt. Not an ounce of alcohol is detectable.
Mouthfeel- A touch on the thin side for a Barleywine but not a deal breaker. A light touch of carbonation that could be ratcheted up a notch.
Drinkability- Overall a pretty tasty beer but not really the Barleywine I was hoping for. I feel like the flavor could use another ‘layer’ as it’s pretty basic (all in all I suppose). It’s different in the Barleywine sense but I did enjoy it. Thanks whoever sent this!!

Served In: Bottle

Review by Dr. Rockzo on 12/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 0
Big thanks to Todd for the bottle, shared among friends. I drank this much earlier in the night and don't feel like a full review, but until I get around to trying it again and taking real notes let me just say; this beer is friggin' incredible! It's loaded with Parabola goodness (makes sense since it's such a big part of the blend) but has much more complexity to it than just a BA RIS. So aromatic, tasty (tons of toasted coconut/vanilla from the bourbon barrel!), complex, smoothness, and is just utterly drinkable for a fresh 12% blended strong ale. I can't wait to try it again with some age and couldn't possibly recommend it enough for fans of this style. Top tier stuff, maybe the best FW anniversary ale I've had yet.

Served In: Pint Glass

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