pdx77 (1370) - Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 On draught at BeerMongers 2/10/13. One of the "lightest" barleywines I have had. Nice caramelized fruit flavor cleverly hides the alcohol content. Dangerous. On draught at 2014 CellarFest at Bailey’s Taproom 1/25/14. 2009 vintage. Hazy golden amber color. Aroma is oxidation, citrus hops, and molasses. Taste is pronounced citrus hoppiness, molasses, light malt, and candi sugar. Oxidation rules on the finish, but a hoppy sweetness lingers.
douglas88 (6021) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage draft of tap at Baileys. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet candies, some barrel. The flavor is mild oxidation, candied fruit, oranges, vanilla, not a ton of barrel and little bourbon. Smooth, big barley. Good beer. Very much an English BW.
Travlr (11872) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Baileys. Hazy deep amber color. Aroma of fruit, caramel, booze. Taste is smooth, sweet and strong.
neepsntatties (1208) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Colour...burnt golden amber with no head. Nose...quite hoppy with oak and Bourbon. Palate...lightly frothy with vanillin, oak and a tanginess ip front. The tanginess holds holds on and then comes a wave of sweet citrus and dried orchard fruits. There’s caramel as well but the tangy thing keeps coming back. The ABV is well hidden but there’s just something about that tangy thang that has me thrown off a bit.
PapaSkeetSkeet (808) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 of Block 15’s 4 bourbon-barrel-age beers on tap for "bourbon month" (February) of 2013. This was my least favorite of the bunch, but still a great beer (especially for 5$, or 4.25$ during happy hour when I got it). Amber, fairly bright, not much head. Aroma is a sort of zinginess that I associate with sours. It’s present in the flavor too, and I guess that it’s just an unusual hop-bourbon combination. The bourbon notes (in both the aroma and flavor) are moderate; not massive like in the Super Nebula, or light like in the Enchantment. The hops are kept in check, even undermined, by the bourbon, yet the earthy bitterness and even some grain twang still characterize the aftertaste. I guess I’m just not into the bourbon barrel in combination with American barley wines. I’d stick with European (check out Weyerbacher’s Insanity).
bvc (1158) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at block 15. Burnt dark toffee brown with khaki head that leaves spotty lacing. Cola, caramel, vanilla, fig, light tart wine, dark cherries, bit of oak char and brown sugar. Light caramel, maple sweetness, touch of cola and apple, malt character is quite crisp for the style, a somewhat out of place tartness going on. The 12% is well hidden for sure.
dchmela (2640) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Baileys Taproom. Deep copper pour. Huge malt nose with lots of caramel, toffee, earthy hops and a touch of citrus. Big sweet malty body with caramel and spicy pungent hops all popping through. Really nice BW.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewpub. Dark orange pour with a white head, sticky lacing. Tastes and smells of oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, sugar and a little bit of whiskey. Easy drinker, alcohol is barely detectable.
boFNjackson (4134) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Block 15... Poured dark, burnt orange with a white head. Had lots of vanilla, charred oak tones. A bit of smoke and charred burnt sugars. Like toffee and caramel sweetness. Whiskey, dark sugars, very smooth, and the alcohol was well masked.