Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours a light brown amber body with a thin head. Aroma is etoh, dark fruit, some hop character. Flavor is fruity sweet, with a a moderate warming and some bitter hop character. decent.
reberiii (186) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vanilla bourbon nose, poured into sample tulip. Smokey, cloudy brown; big, boozy, warming with a tart finish.
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maroon in color and magnificent in smell. Sweet caramel bozziness that drives me wild. Little bit of the burning but it melds well with the rest of the beer. A definite treat
mkgrenwel (499) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 vintage. I think this is the right beer, but this yearís was aged in port and sherry barrels. Bright brown colormwith touches of ruby looks great in the snifter. Honey, sherry, cherry, grape jam and a bit of coconut. Alcohol is there, but only when you want it. Some oak and vanilla, but not particularly oaky. Sweet, but truly never cloying. Not finding hops or bitterness, but theyíre there just enough to keep it balanced. Very low carbonation is just enough to keep it lively, but dialed back enough to make this the sipper it should be. Not a knockout but no flaws, plenty to enjoy, everythingís in perfect balance. Spot on.
thornecb (3975) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep, hazy gold into a tulip. Bright white head with excellent retention recedes to coat surface. Orange resin, sweet out and bourbon aromas. Slick with upfront caramel and bourbon front to back. Lasting bourbon burn.
yespr (28651) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at the brewpub. Pours hazy to almost murky orange with a small white head. Aroma is malty dense, light overripe fruity note and mild hoppy touch. Sweet, dense malty to caramelish. Light overripe fruity touch. Bitter and lingering sweet caramelish finish.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A deep amber with dried fruit notes right off the bat. These notes drive an almost carmalized flavor through the palate, and a nice sweet finish.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
NOTE: Iím entering this rating here but I donít know if I should create a new entry. This rating is for the Blunderbuss Barleywine served at Boston Extreme Beer Fest 2009. It was described as ďBlunderbuss Barleywine (Sherry Oak-Aged) CBCís 2008 Blunderbuss aged in sherry oak and served via gravity tap; 11.0%Ē. Does this deserve a separate entry? bm me if I should create a new entry for this batch
In short: A sweet alcoholised fruity ale with notes of Sherry. Not bad but not interesting either.
How: Cask at Boston Extreme Beer Fest 2009
The look: Clear golden body with almost no head
In long: Sweet crunchy honeyed cereals reminding me of an ice-cream cone (without the ice-cream). Dried light-color fruits (apricots, pears, pineapples, etc.). Some crisp caramel. The advertise Sherry oak is somewhat subtle and if it wasnít for the description I donít think I would have picked sherry or sherry oak as a flavour. I would have just said there was some sour cherries along with the dried fruits flavour. Alcohol very apparent. Boring mouthfeel. Floral hops with a flower juicy petals feeling. Not bad but kind of disappointing. I havenít had their original barley wine yet but judging by this disappointing brew Iím pretty sure the sherry oak aging improved the beer as much as whiskey barrel aging can improve a country music CD.
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 Vintage on tap at CBC during the 2009 Barleywine Festival. Body is a semi transparent chocolate brown with a thin whispy white head. The nose is full of smoke and sweet malts with notes of cherries and apples in the background. The initial flavor is mostly smoke and a robust oak flavor that hides the sweetness very well. As those sensations fade the sticky sweet dry fruit rises up, like apricots and plums. The ending malts are very strong and chewy and made me almost feel like I was getting a cold. Really, I just kept drinking and drinking until it was gone because that initial oaky blast is just devine.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Pours dark cherry amber with thin off-white head. Aroma is thick sweet malts and caramel. Taste is sweet brandy and dark fruits with a little oak. A little bitterness in the finish. Strong alcohol. Good, but not great.