Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Ruddy orange-brown body, thin off-white head. Hot nose with notes of bourbon, oak, raisin, and caramel; alcohol prevalent. Oaky, soft body with layers of caramel, toast, and bread, finishing with warming alcohol notes. Yum.
firstsip (727) - Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at brewery. Pitch. Nice little bit of lingering head. Nose is straight up bourbon barrel. Tastes of decadent fudge, dark chocolate, mild raisin. I normally don’t like barley wines, but this... this is something.
walleye (1092) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. poured brown with beige head that didn’t last left a small amount of lacing. aroma middle of the road bourbon, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla. 1st taste was not impressed, had to let it warm to get some flavors out of it the bourbon still tasted on the cheap side
kaser (5500) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is fig, raisin and cocoa. Black pour with thin ring of white head. Prune juice flavor. Boozy. Whiskey and Carmel notes. Massive flavor. Makes ya shake your head. Had this as part of a draft flight at Jerrys in Andersonville.
Mark_Eck (1737) - - JUN 15, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Notes from summer. Draft. Pours a reddish brown. Aroma and taste are caramel, bourbon, and oak.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Deep brown with sparse froth that rises with a swirl. Nose is bourbon and honey with a touch of grass. Meadlike in its sweetness. Medium body with a tang, lightly sticky. Taste is apple, caramel, grass, banana and bourbon. Comes off a little washed out; sneaky alcohol.
stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark root beer color with little to no head. Nose of caramel vanilla, banana and bourbon. Light body, with heavy booze dry flavor. Bourbon notes and oak really come through on the finish.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Deep caramel, thin sudsy tannish head, little lacing.   Oak and alcohol immediately up front, otherwise slight bourbon and burnt vanilla.   Bourbon is more noticeable on the tongue, albeit its not all that sweet.   A little tangy and tart, body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Semi-sweet oak on the finish, caramel malt albeit not all that sweet, with a strong tart breadiness.   Pretty tasty, but while not rough for the 12% ABV, its a little rough in that its not soft and sweet like many others.   Still fairly tasty tho!   Thanks Kevin!
raoul_duke (240) - - AUG 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at jerry?s. Midnight black with a puffy white head. Raisin and toffee on the nose, some chocolate. Weird sweetness on the front, with lots of bourbon and vanilla. The back is really engaging, quite enjoyable. The front is just too hot for my palate.
alexsdad06 (8680) - Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle shared with drsordr. Pours a clear cola brown with a small off white head. The aroma is bourbon, bourbon and more bourbon with some vanilla and caramel that sneak in. The flavor has more boozy bourbon, caramel, vanilla and toffee. Some spicy hops try to crash the party. I will seehow this ages bbecause it is too hot for me right now.