BillKismet (3394) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky maroon body, almost blood-tinged vermillion, with a thinnish head. Woodsy, wine aroma with the influence of syrah and cabernet barrel along with the expected bourbon nose. Berry, bourbon flavor suffuses the palate, visited as well by woody and strong red wine components. Juicy, berry and wet wine finish. Quite enjoyable richness and fullness throughout.
CampesinoTino (790) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Appearance is a cloudy reddish brown color with a half-inch of sudsy tan foam and bubbles. Aroma is a potent blend of caramel, toasted oak, cherry, brown sugar and berries. Flavor is mostly caramel malt, toffee, grape, dates and honey with a touch of bourbon and citrus around the edges. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly syrupy with soft carbonation. Overall, the caramelized sugars and dark fruits are front and center while the bourbon barrel characteristics are minimal. Would have liked to have tried the non BA version first.
JFParnell (50) - Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is one awesome beer. Tastes of bourbon and has a great finish. I am totally in awe. Thanks to Stogies & Hops in Lynnwood for this recommendation.
brainwafer (32) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2015
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nuts dates fig rotten fruits.. honestly after tasting driftwoods old cellar dwellar 13% barely wine, everything else is just a dank skunky rotten hebrew type over done over proofed pile of rotting stench.. I had high hopes for this beer too cuz I love the name.. but honestly the boozyness and fermentation overpowers any delicous tastes..sorry my review is a little biased on this but I guess im not a barley wine guy becuase honestly most of them taste this horrid.. the rare few are done well..again I will say once you taste old cellar dweller by driftwood brewing nothing will ever hold a candle in the barley wine department. . That beer renewed my faith that a barley wine could taste good..
DuffMan (7147) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Wow-- polarized opinions on this one! Deep Amber brown, lasting beige head. Toasty caramel, chewy malts, vanilla bourbon and oaky notes, warming finish. Thereís a hint of funk here too, translating into a light acidity at the back of the palate. I actually thought this was delicious!
after4ever (6315) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
650, capped. Pours an opaque dark black with no head or lace at all. Big hot boozy nose, showing tons of heavy sugars. Plums, dates, figs, prunes, very heavy and sugary. Sticky thick body with no carb. Heavy cooked sugars on the mid palate. Lots of vodka twang. Hot sticky sweet finish.
patricks110 (1812) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I did not enjoy this brew very much. Pours a muddy reddish brown with no head. The aroma is boozy and heavy with bad barrel aromas and tons of dark, dried fruits. Tastes similar with alot of woody notes and prune notes. Light toffee, caramel and hazelnuts. An interesting attempt
RCx240 (94) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, muddy brown color. Weak tan head, some lacing which dissipates quickly. Aroma of Bourbon, oak, caramel and very strong notes of astringent ethanol. Taste is sweet, caramel and chocolate. Finishes oaky, lingering and with a tangible bourbon-like burn (although not nearly as strong). Rich, thick, sticky and full body. Very soft carbonation. Not bad but you definitely donít want to session this one.
presario (4730) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick lasting rich head, unusual for style. Thick rich flavour. Big on bourbon and rich malt. Very tasty and enjoyable. I am a big fan. Delicious.
reebtogi (4447) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle pours a dark brown color with a finger of light brown head leaving only a few specks of lacing on the glass. Aroma is herbal with some chocolate and dark fruits. Taste is a dark fruity and chocolate malty sweetness with a herbal hop bitterness. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. A decent barley wine, nothing spectacular.