Scourge Of The Dude Barrel Aged Barleywine
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Scourge Of The Dude Barrel Aged BarleywineScourge Of The Dude Barrel Aged Barleywine
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Barleywine - American
3.83 | pDev: 8.09%
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Scourge Of The Dude Barrel Aged BarleywineScourge Of The Dude Barrel Aged Barleywine
Notes: This barleywine was born on their pilot system, using a blend of caramel malts, toasted rye and a hint of smoked malt, then aged for eight months in first-use bourbon barrels. Although strong bourbon and oak characters from the barrel dominate up front, the Scourge opens up with subtle raison-like notes and a dry, tannic finish.
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manfromanotherplace from New York

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First off, I don't like barley wines or hoppy tasting beers,so this was probably a mistake,especially at $24 a bottle. It wasn't, it was a very solid beer,especially for someone who isnt a fan of the style.looks light and smells hoppy but the taste is much better with butterscotch tones taking over, it's a sweet finish which is perfect for me. I didn't expect much but got a lot, barley wine fans should definitely try this.

Oct 11, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Large shared bottle in Atlanta.
The body is very clear, deep orange amber with a decent head.
Appealing and complex flavor, albeit rather boozy.
The flavor is not quite as good, in part due to the overly obvious alcohol.
Although this is sweet up front, overall it is bitter for a barleywine.

Sep 06, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear amber red in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon and the associated oak and vanilla are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has moderately strong flavors of bourbon from the barrel aging.
M: It feels a little heavier than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with a little warning from the alcohol.
O: This beer tastes nothing like 12.5% abv. You get the sense that it has some strength from the bourbon but other than this, all other traces of alcohol are hidden from the taste. In this respect, it is very drinkable considering its strength. However, the bourbon masks any taste of the underlying malts.

Serving type: bottle

Apr 25, 2015
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AnalogErik from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nose was strong bourbon on my bottle, very malt-forward. I thought it was a little thin on the mouthfeel, but overall was very sippable. I split a bottle with 4 buddies, was probably a good move. Might have needed more time in the barrel. Overall - decent offering, would have liked to see more body, and a bit more of a developed flavor.

Jan 12, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliant chestnut and shows off a ruby tint when held up to a bright light. It’s clean. A frothy 1” lightly tan tinted white foam cap floats on the top. Vanilla and alcohol intertwine within big bourbon aromas with a suspicion of sherry roaming around in the background along with some dark fruit. There are also British malt aromas. The palate is spicy with hints of cinnamon, vanilla, bourbon, oak, alcohol, over a big malt backbone providing some caramel notes. No roast, no burnt flavors. Improves as it warms. Chewy with medium to medium low carbonation.

Jan 09, 2015
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass. Classy understated label design. Green wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap.

12.5% ABV. Reviewed live as a bourbon barrel aged barleywine per the label.

HEAD: 1.5 finger wide head. White colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Fairly soft. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is pretty good - about 3-4 minutes.

BODY: Dark translucent auburn of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special for a barleywine, but generally appealing.

AROMA: English malts, caramalt, cream, light marshmallow, and some very faint vanilla. Any bourbon barrel character is reticent.

No yeast character, overt alcohol, or hop notes are detectable.

It's a pleasant aroma of average strength.

TASTE: Caramel, bland oak barrel notes, a kiss of vanilla, barrel sugars, and some char. I taste no smoke or rye. Some marshmallow. Light burnt characteristics. White oak.

Well-balanced, but not impeccably so. Above average depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. It's complex enough, but doesn't boast a superior intricacy to other beers in the style. Has sufficient subtlety, but little nuance. More marshmallow, more bourbon notes, and more of an English toasted character would greatly benefit it.

No alcohol, yeast, off-notes, or hop notes come through.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, full-bodied, aptly thick, nicely soft, and unrefreshing. Pleasing on the palate.

Not boozy, hot, rough, scratchy, gushed, harsh, or rough.

Overall, this texture is a nice companion to the taste, but doesn't elevate the beer.

OVERALL: Easily one of the better beers I've had from this brewery. Hides its high ABV decently. But it's far from world-class, and as much as I like it I wouldn't purchase it again at its current price. I'll enjoy finishing the bottle, but it just can't compete with the best brews in the style - not to mention the more widely available barleywines. I'm glad I tried it, but wouldn't recommend it to friends.


Dec 01, 2014
Scourge Of The Dude Barrel Aged Barleywine from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 21 ratings