Jesterdeal (1581) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle generously traded to me by Clark. Aroma is wonderful with mostly just Rye Whiskey and malt...maybe a hint of oak and peach? Pours red with a giant and pervasive head. Took a while to pour a whole glass because that head just doesnít go anywhere. Taste is malty goodness with some rye bread, rye whiskey, and a slight nutty almond finish. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and a little too sweet. Didnít end up finishing the glass as a result but I also couldíve not been in the mood. Good stuff overall.
NeoHippie2 (752) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby/amber pour with an off-white head. Aromas of oak, rye, and whiskey. Flavor is malty upfront with lots of whiskey and oak notes. Finish has some caramel notes to it with the oak barrel sweetness coming through. Nice and complex, a well made brew.
thome50 (851) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a red with white head. Aroma is bourbon and spice.Taste is a citrus bourbon beer drink. Very nice. Love this stuff.
jdavidh (117) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brilliant ruby red, loaded with bubbles and coarse head. Nose is quite grainy, and taste has sweetness up front followed by alcohol burn and sharp spice. Very winelike.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
CopterScott (76) - Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
light brown with about a finger of off-white head. aroma is whiskey, grain and spice. flavor is really dominated by whiskey. medium carbonation.
rbrazell (1414) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share up at Proof! Deep amber pour with a frothy white head. Aroma of caramel malt, vanilla, oak, whiskey barrels with some snappy spice. Dominating sweet flavor with whiskey, caramel malt, spice and vanilla. Big sweet body and alcohol. Not bad.
pfc514 (41) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours light brown with a quickly diminishing beige head.
Some malt, canít really get any of the barrel characteristics in the aroma, but it still smells fantastic.
Taste of spice, whiskey, and wood. Absolutely delicious. A little boozy but not by a lot.
Standard "4" palate rating. I give these palates a four because they complement the beer style yet donít overshadow.
Good beer. Never had a rye ale before, so once again not familiar with the style, but Iím on a big barrel aged kick, and this is a really good one.
beastiefan2k (2259) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have had this beer a good deal of times since it came out. I had never rated it before but I am trying to climb up the top Blvd raters list nowadays (this will put my in the top 5, woooo! Screw you Pete!). its a good thing because I think that the 2014 version is the best I have had so far. This was on tap at Merchantís in Lawrence, KS. Served in a snifter. Color is dark amber, thick looking with good clarity. generally, its strong (malt, alcohol) but not overly sweet and only a moderate barrel character. So, for a barrel aged 12% barleywine its well done. Alcohol is present. Flavor very well attenated and no boozy but the alcohol is definitely there.
Nsanders (394) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked and caged 750 mL. Cloudy brown with floating particles, fine carbonation and a khaki head. Aroma is peaches, whiskey, oak in the background, rye and alcohol. Taste is dry like whiskey. Body is heavier with a sticky feel.
Peacehammer (588) - California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 release. Opened 2/9/14. Pours a dark amber. Sort of a battle between barrel qualities and malt notes on the nose. Boozy vanilla, and perfect rye spice across the palate. A bit on the sweet side.