GuamVice (72) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From draft. Pour dark amber brown with little tan head. Smell tons of Malt and toffee. Dark fruit and caramel taste with lite alcohol burn. I like the fact that this is lighter in the Bourbon barrel taste. A little liter bodied than many other barleywines as well. I have had many better versions of the style but this is still a treat and worked well on this warm summer night as my last beer.
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48FanInCali (791) - California, USA - APR 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber - very solid malt bomb offering. Black pour with off white head. Nose of malt, barrel, and vanilla. Taste follows the nose with some roast notes. Not sure what time will do to this one. Fresh seems to be working well.
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Ernesto987 (4378) - Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2015
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle, this thing sucked. It was cloying sweet barleywine esque. Nothing enjoyable at all. Barf.
tderoeck (5696) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2015 14/II/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG IV (Beerlover_Ben’s place) - BB: n/a (2015-206) Thanks to Benzai for sharing the bottle!
Clear red brow beer, creamy beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: boozy, sweet, caramel, lots of vanilla. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, lots of vanilla, caramel, alcohol, bit watery, thin, lots of alcohol. Aftertaste: bit sourish, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, soft bitterness, grassy touch, more alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, little thin in texture.
BrewHaMeister (227) - - FEB 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a murky brown with no real head or lacing. Aromas of caramel, leather, oak, bourbon, and vanilla with hints of fruit. Flavor is full bodied with a mild cocoa bitterness, slight oily mouth feel, and alcohol in the finish. Tasty.
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish-brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, fruit and malt. Taste is bourbon, dark fruit, light carbonation, sweetness. Little boozy. So-so lacing.
JefVerstraete (1893) - Ghent, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ RBBWG, thanks Benzai! Orange colour, almost no head. Soft carbonation. Sweet malty, notes of bourbon, vanilla and dark sugar. Some fruitiness. Ok but too sweet.
77ships (4843) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Benzai! 655 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG IV. Dark brown, little mocha. Nose is sweet bourbon, soy sauce, light booze, touch too much umami for me. Taste is lightly metallic bourbon, herbal, vanilla, oak, lots of bourbon but it feels like the base beer was way too weak / not very interesting. Herbal malt body. Not orgasmic but the bourbon is thick enough for this to be enjoyable.
Benzai (9576) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ RBBWG 2015 shared by me. Superb dark brown to black color, medium sized light brown head. Aroma is malts, bourbon, awesome awesome shit, no words for this. Fucking incredible. Taste malts, bourbon, roast, bitter. A little more thin texture as to what I had expected, but very very nice.
ElManana (835) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBBWG shared by Benzai. Orange, brown no head. Bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, awesome!
UrbanCaveman (136) - Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2015
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
1 pint 6 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours the color of molten caramel, and pools into the glass a deep, dark brown, bordering on black save for the light that gets through around the edges. Forms virtually no head, save for a ring of pale tan foam that sits atop the beer.
Smell: Bourbon barrel notes are the primary aroma, heavy on the vanilla-caramel aspects, with some of the woodiness. Lurking beneath, there’s a malty sweetness, with toffee-esque tinges.
Taste: This drinks smooth, with almost no hint of the ABV at all. The bourbon mixes with the beer in a way that presents both chocolate and vanilla flavors at the opening, rounded off with hints of caramelly booze and oak. As it warms, there’s an almost cola-like sweetness that emerges beneath the barrel notes, and some faint, very faint, shadows of dark fruit lurking far off in the distance, like shy nerdy kids peeking in the door to the prom, wondering if they should walk in or just go home and play some World of Warcraft. While it’s not at all bad, it’s not exactly a particularly complex Belgian strong.
Mouthfeel: Slick and relatively thin, verging towards watery, the feel may have influenced my perception of the "cola" sweetness. There is next to no carbonation, however, just enough to keep the beer from feeling flat.
Overall: For a bourbon barrel aged beer, this is not bad at all - 9% with little to no alcohol taste and heat is a plus in my book, and the flavor profile is interesting. As a Belgian Strong, well...this isn’t one. If it was, the essence of it was lost during aging, leaving behind just a sweet, smooth, bourbony beer. Hence, I am torn on how to rate this. I would pick this up again on occasion, as I enjoyed it, but it fits the style about as well as a blower for a ’57 Chevy fits a Bop-It. Since I prefer rating to stylistic elements over personal enjoyment, I am going to go that route, with the disclaimer that this is still a tasty barrel-aged beer - just not a Belgian Strong, per se.