badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at brewery. Cloudy medium brown with a thin off white head. Rye whiskey, molasses, and biscuit aroma. Biscuit, toffee, molasses, eye whiskey and oak, sweet grain, and a caramel flavor to the finish. Thick bright and creamy palate. Excellent.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, courtesy of my buddy Tim. thanks! pours a hazy, russet color capped by a creamy, beige head that leaves thick sheets of lace. aroma is wonderful with heavy notes of caramel, toffee, candied pineapple, raisins, and figs back by toasted coconut, charred oak, and subtle hints of rye whisky. flavor is simply outstanding with sweet toffee, yellow cake batter, coconut cookies, and vanilla up front with dark fruits, hints of chocolate covered orange, oak, and dry, spicy rye whisky bringing up the back end. palate is full bodied and dangerously drinkable by moderate carbonation and a great balance of the spicy, woody barrel notes and the sweet barleywine notes. overall, another world class barrel aged beer from Alesmith.
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Toffee colored pour, yellowish tan head. Flavors of raisins, rye whiskey, caramel, toffee, toasted oak, vanilla, brown sugar, honey, fruitcake. YUM.
UDBeernut (1589) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from tleaver33, shared with friends. Poirs muddled deep amber. Lots of figs, raisen, light wood, vanilla. Creamy body. Fuck tleaver, this agression will not stand.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2014 Bottle shared @ Dakís Black Friday tasting. Again, think this was brought by JBoan but correct me if Iím wrong. Dark chestnut pour with scarlet and garnet making a statement as well. Moderate cashew colored cap. Caramel, vanilla, raw wood, toasted oak, black pepper, rye, cocoa, and brown sugar. Thick, creamy, sweet but not cloying. Another incredible BA masterpiece from these guys.
Ibrew2or3 (6765) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle pours with a murky amber body that supports a nice tan head. The aroma is a yummy mix of vanilla, dates and pine hops that are muted by aged sticky malts. Behind those notes I get smooth candy like whiskey. Yes! Smells wonderful. The taste starts with sweet dates, malts and vanilla to about midway. Then it hits with some caramel and smooth sugary whiskey goodness. Thatís far too smooth whiskey to really be just whiskey. I love how this beer is accentuated by the barrel and maintains its smooth richness. This is a lovely sipper.
CampesinoTino (751) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml Bottle of 2013 Vintage. Dark orange mahogany colored with a cap of light tan foam. Aroma blends dark sugars, toasted oak and rye with a bit of caramel malt. Taste is caramel, citrus peel and toasted malt upfront followed by notes of dark fruits, vanilla, oak and rye whiskey toward the end. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly syrupy with medium carbonation. Just enough rye barrel flavor to distinguish it from the bourbon barrel version.
hapjydeuce (924) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled from the brewery. Hazy mahogany color with minor lacing and beige swirls. Beautiful aroma filled with vanilla, oak, coconut, brown sugar and raisin oatmeal cookies. Really nice. Flavor leans sweet with a touch of smoke and more vanilla. Light whiskey character on the finish. Medium bodied and light carbonation. Awesome palate. Really damn good but i still liked the original bourbon version a bit more. Well done Alesmith!
brokensail (10527) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ home, thanks to Jake. Opaque mahogany pour with a small off-white head. Aroma of rye whiskey, vanilla, and pineapple. Huge caramel, vanilla, golden raisin, and chocolate. A bit of booze, too. Flavor is quite sweet. Tons of caramel, toffee, and golden raisin. Rye whiskey, vanilla, oak, chocolate, and white cake. Noms.
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Alex! Pours copper/brown, with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, caramel, malt, and fruit. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, caramel, malt, fruit, and alcohol. Medium to heavy body, long finish. Somewhat sweet, with a slightly astringent finish. A really nice one here.