kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2012
Date: June 18, 2005
Source: Ale Atlanta
Aroma: lightly sweet malt aroma balanced with earthy hops
Body: velvet body
Flavor: touch of alcohol, great vanilla character
Date: April 20, 2006
Aroma: earthy hop aroma with light vanilla and a touch of oak, very creamy, hot
Flavor: big woody flavor, touch of sweetness, good earthy hops to balance
Date: April 01, 2012
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, caramel sweetness, plenty of earthyness
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor, plenty of earthyness, bourbon has faded leaving just a touch of caramel and vanilla sweetness, oxidation present but melds well with the rich malts
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: **** /4
Date: October 10, 2007
picking up a good balance between the bourbon and dark caramel, still lots of sweetness, touch of alcohol fades in and out,
Date: February 20, 2009
Aroma: sweet caramel and vanilla aroma with a nice bourbon presence
Flavor: sticky sweet caramel and vanilla flavor, touch of alcohol, light oak
anders37 (16245) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody bourbon vanilla and caramel aroma with hints of dark fruit. Fruity malty woody dark fruit and caramel flavor with hints of bourbon. Has a fruity malty woody bourbon and dark fruit finish.
Ferris (2886) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Vintage 2005 - Vinous and barell notes. Cloudy copper with a small head. Light caramel and big barrel notes. Mellow but surprisingly potent for the age.
Homer321 (1591) - 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 (6302) - 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 (1485) - 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 (953) - 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 (1115) - 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 (125) - 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 (2657) - 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 (751) - 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.