Steve_0 (1940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Arminís shared with friends. Pour is clear caramel with a big cream-colored head and good lacing. Roasty, caramelly, bready, woody, coconut, bourbon, raisins, figgy, pruney, earthy, and doughy aroma. Taste is big malt, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, bread, somewhat earthy, grassy, nutty, coconut, a touch of grass, and alcohol on the backend. Sticky mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Tasty, but I prefer the regular version more.
umich03jm (1333) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle shared by northernbrews. A top want knocked off. Pours a cloudy amber with a nice small head that fades to a ring. Awesome rich aroma of oak, vanilla, caramel candy, toffee, and light bourbon. Taste has big bourbon barrel flavor but the base beer remains very noticeable too. All the aroma show up plus some red and citrus fruit. Nice warming finish, very smooth. Medium body. I prefer the regular version a little more because I love hops but this version is awesome too.
DedicatedToFun (1595) - SoCal, California, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Holy crap, absolutely amazing brew thanks to GT2 and his friends, beautiful caramel color smells like sweet sugar, heaven
hamilton23 (582) - Alpine, California, USA - JUN 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This rating is Vintage 2013. The 2005 version I had last year was one of the best beers I have ever tasted. I didnít rate it unfortunately. Poured from 750 ml bottle. Pours about the color of iced tea with just a bit of beige head. Aroma is lots of alcohol and some coconut notes. Taste is some vanilla, coconut, dried fruits and a nice alcohol burn at the end.
SlackerMads (863) - DENMARK - JUN 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Sour & Bitter #2. Clear hazelnut brown wit a small off white ok lacing head. Toffee, caramel, sherry, light bourbon notes, honey, dark dried fruits, alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Medium body, oily/creamy texture, soft/flat carbonation. Needs more body to balance the alcohol.
mensch (226) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Memory of taster @ the brewery. Very bourbon aroma and flavor, but not overwhelming. Rich and thick, the alcohol is cut by the everpresent bourbonosity. Woof!
JaBier (4352) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle sampled at Kurtís Blarneywine tasting on 3/16/13. Clear copper pour with a medium tan head. Complex aroma of vanilla, caramel, toffee, chocolate, bread and bourbon. Malty flavor all the way through with accents of caramel and chocolate before a slightly warm bourbon finish. Outstanding.
Imperial_Scout (297) - Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured on draft from Brewery. Very dark amber with minimal white head. Sweet bourbon and fruit nose. Smooth vanilla, bourbon, and fruit taste along with carmel notes. This would be my favortie barleywine to date. Elite.
budznsudz (378) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark ruby/brownish with a persistant cream head. Aroma is figs, dark fruit, brown sugar, and barrel. The taste is bourbon, brown sugar, and caramel. Delicious
piscator34 (1843) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Murky dark amber with low carbonation. Aromas are of muslix, light molasses, stewed fruit, and bourbon barrel. Very heavy pale malts in the mouth along with caramel malts, woody bourbon and whole wheat toast. Super chewy body. Solid, but a bit too heavy heavy for me.