Homer321 (2377) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at RBSG 2014. Thanks Drew! Killing a big want. Nose is a dried fruit and sherry marriage in heaven. A thick chewy viscous vanilla yummy bomb. A slight bit warming that borders on hot but chill. Some grape thing going on too. Very chill and good.
marcus (7001) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Belmont Station. Pours orange brown with a modest beige head and a fruity bourbon aroma. There is an earthy caramel malt flavor with lots of oak and a nice bourbon finish. Melts in your mouth.
artmcd8 (1927) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours a cloudy medium brown without a head. Aromas of raisins and figs with a hint of caramel. Taste is sweet with a light bourbon heat. With there was more vanilla however. Very subdued and well incorporated. Always well done Alesmith.
charule (1400) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured dark amber with thinning head. Aroma of bourbon dark fruit. Light carb med bod. Less bourbon in the taste smooth sweet raisins.
deekyn (1306) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- pours a hazy, ruddy and slightly rosy amber. One finger of light tan head that dissipates quickly. Virtually no lacing. S- strong bourbon, caramel malts, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, ripe gala apple, banana esters, wood, raisins, dates. Light pecans. Mostly expected, but well received. M- medium to heavy oily body with a medium to heavy sharp palate with good burn. T- bourbon, caramel and vanilla are once again very forward. Middle is alcohol, see's toffee, apples, zinc, a medley of dried fruits and some toasted oak. Ending is efficient but lingers. Hop notes. Citrus pith, grass, and a light smoke. Some dirtiness.
IEBAILI (126) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle, purchased at the brewery a long time ago when I had the time and money to chase down highly hyped special releases. I have to say, as I work my way through a collection of barrel aged beers, that, generally speaking, I don’t think bourbon barrel aging is a good idea. Still, this beer handles it much better than most. Nice amber-brown color with almost no head - do brewers deliberately bottle their barrel aged beers to be flat, or are they just not able to nail the bottle conditioning? The aroma is overwhelmed by bourbon, but some nice caramel malts do make it through. The taste is more interesting than the smell, with a touch of acidity, some pleasant fruitiness/winey flavor and a restrained sweetness, not much hop flavor but enough bitterness to give it some grip. It’s smooth and not overly heavy, with a full texture, but, and maybe I’m missing the point of a high-gravity, barrel aged barley wine, I would like some bubbles. Alcohol is not prominent at all for a beer this big, and the bourbon does not overpower the taste the way it did the aroma. It’s a warm, satisfying, well balanced beer, but personally, I prefer the beer without the barrel aging.
madvike (3010) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 bottle - Pours ruby red with amber and a ring of tan head. Nose is boozy, brown sugar, and yeasty bread. Too sharp for my liking. Taste is real smooth and sweet, with caramel and toffee and a warm finish. Smooth and slick, pretty thick with medium carbonation.
CampesinoTino (794) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml Bottle of 2012 Vintage. Hazy golden amber pour topped with sudsy beige foam. Dark fruits and caramel dominate the aroma along with some toasted oak, dried fruit and toffee in the mix. The flavor starts with an aggressive dose of caramel malt, citrus rind and brown sugar backed by notes of bourbon, raisin and vanilla. Moderately thick and creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation and a final serving of candied citrus and oak in the finish. Different but equal to the base beer with a hefty barrel alcohol presence.
toxichop (416) - South Gate, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
P: Dark amber color with a big tan head that goes away quick. S: Seem muted, some oak, chocolate, brown sugar, and caramel. T: Light toffee notes, oak, bourbon, caramel, dark fruites. M: Medium (almost light) with medium carbonation. O: Great beer, glad I finally got to try this one.
Frank (3156) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a mostly clear red with just a little wisp of head. This has a huge coconut nose w/ a very sherry-like oxidized character. This is thick and sticky on the palate but somehow comes across more a s velvety than heavy. It is nice and creamy with loads of dark, dried fruit notes. It comes off as a little boozy but that’s OK because it really lends itself to slow sipping.