skmikeg (615) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown-black with a one finger tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is of dark fruits, bourbon, red wine, molasses, tofeee, woody and some smoke. Taste is dark fruits, red wine, bourbon, woody notes, toffee, carame, sweet malts, raisins, and some rum notes. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, medium long, semi bitter finish. Overall, a very nice BA. Barley wine that blends three barel aged beer very nicely into a complex and fast beer.
dreadnord (1014) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head. The nose is toasted coconut, vanilla, toffee, cherries, cream. The taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with great balance. The texture is soft and creamy, body is heavy and the finish is super long. Delish.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the brewery. Rating #8. This was pretty fucking awesome, great flavor with all those barrels churning around together. (2684)
joeneugs (2576) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the Livermore Saloon. SoCal night! It pours a dark brown color with orange highlights. The aroma is super vinous with lots of red wine, hints of rum, caramel and toffee. The flavor has good red wine acidity balanced with strong caramel and toffee maltiness. A bit nutty and fruity in the finish. Enjoyable.
BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 On tap. Pours with a murky deep brown hued body with a small tan head. Aromas are big time barrel, chewy, dark fruits, red wine, brandy, oak, vanillin and currants. Flavors show low oxidation, medium barrel, dark fruits, lots of caramel, boozy, big booze and toffee. Medium bubbles, viscous, brown sugar.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a murky dark brown body with a small creamy beige head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, toffee, brandy, and bourbon. Flavor of raisins, caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, brandy, molasses, and light oak.
jredmond (4595) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at ballast point with Linh. 2010 vintage. Pours a deep cloudy, murky brown body with light brown lacing. Aroma is an interesting combination of bourbon and wine with a prominent sweetness comic through. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of sweet bourbon, red wine, light vanilla, light molasses and some spice. Overall, the mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I’d prefer, especially with the alcohol bite this one packs.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at TND: Complex aroma of Bourbon, coconut, Brandy, vanilla, slight dark ripe fruit, slight port, slight funk, and slight diacetyl. Poured deep brown/ruby/very deep amber in color, with a small, creamy, dense, rocky, tan/beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Very hazy. Very sparkling. Complex flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of Bourbon, oak, light coconut, light vanilla, hops, slight port, light dark ripe fruit, and a hint of alcohol. Medium body. Dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Medium sweet, dry, malt, Bourbon, coconut, vanilla, dark ripe fruit, slight oak finish is dry. A little booze in the flavor, but 10%ABV is very well hidden throughout. Not much Syrah. Mostly Bourbon.
TheEpeeist (3052) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Swing-top fill from Pinocchio’s a few weeks ago. Opens with a pop, pours dark brown with a smooth beige coating. Nose is brandy, caramel and raisin. Medium to full body with a tingle. Taste is caramel, apple, wood and grass. Barrels add subtle notes increasing complexity but none dominate. Really nice blending.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taster at the Old Grove brewery: Dark brown color with a halo of tan foam. Fruity wine like aroma. Flavor is complex with dark fruit, a touch of red wine, a hint of sour cherry and a bitter sweet citrus/raisin finish with some light alcohol heat in the throat. Full body is rich with modest carbonation.