kmweaver (3151) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz handbottle, courtesy of Dickinsonbeer. Thanks, Paul! Pours an oily, reddish-brown color; slight off-white head that quickly fades. Pleasant oak and caramel and dried fruit in the aroma; light perimeter of bitter citrus. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: dried dark fruits and tart citrus and caramel; oak character tastes more like vanilla / cardboard oak chips than any sort of barrel presence (or at least it does at first); a nice toasty note, and plenty of milk chocolate coming through; lengthy, chewy toasty oak and caramel in the finish.
Stine (1434) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 12 oz handbottle. Somewhat transparent dark brown color. Bourbon and oak aroma with suggestions of plum, bonfire smoke, reduced maple syrup. Plenty of firm and rich chocolate presence. Flavor is a massive departure into acrid coffee grounds, bad cocoa, and dirty toffee cake, though retaining a charred oak presence that tempers things slightly. Port-like toward the end, but mainly in sweetness and alcoholic strength; simplistic. Palate is thin whiskey. Uninspiring, but not bad. Thanks, Paul!
jcwattsrugger (10064) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Barleywine Oak Aged–on tap-pours a rich light brown head and black color. Aroma is sweet dark malt-licorice/nutty with some sharpness, dry. Taste is woody, dry, sweet dark malt-licorice/nutty with some sharpness-English hops. Occasional. Sipping.