commonshawn (1049) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2016 12oz bottle from central ave liquor with commonmac during March madness. Plum with small white head. Very boozy aroma. Sweet, actually not as boozy as it smells initially, but alcohol burn hangs with you after. Complex. Full flavored. Oily liquor mouthfeel. Definitely bourbon throughout. More alcohol as it warms. Burns in your chest a bit. Good stuff, but maybe best enjoyed in small doses.
commonmac (1045) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle picked up at Central Ave Liquors and consumed on Day 3 of March Madness at the house of commonshawn. Aroma helps to build the anticipation of a high alcohol, big bourbon barreled beer. Caramel and malt. Copper/mahogany in color. Off white head quickly dissipates. Taste is definitely aggressive. Tons of sugar/caramel/toffee elements. Strong alcoholic/boozy presence throughout the mouthfeel and especially at the finish. There are bourbon fingerprints all over this one. A box of cereal I really like comes to mind but I can’t quite determine which one it is. I would advise consuming in moderation but definitely worth a try.
mfhennig (278) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice beep copper color, small khaki colored head fades quickly leaving a small ring. Bourbon dominates the aroma, which is ok by me. Flavor is caramel, toffee and raisin. Texture is smooth, almost creamy. Nice big boozy finish. Very nice!
jflopsu (1198) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber. Has a strong caramel, malt, and fruit aroma. A strong taste of dark fruit, malts, caramel, and light vanilla. A lingering dark alcohol and dark fruit flavor.
koleminer20 (2459) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. Enjoyed at the 3rd Annual Barleywine Tasting at Travis’s house on February 20. 12 oz bottle. The pour is a nice dark copper color, almost brown, with a larger bubbly khaki colored head that falls to a collar leaving a couple spots of lace. The aroma is really heavy on the sweet bourbon. There isn’t a whole lot of barrel addition, and even the dark fruits and caramel seem to be missing. The caramel pokes through a little, but it’s just overshadowed by the sweetness of the bourbon. The flavor is a bit better. There is a nice molasses and caramel to go with a decent woodiness from the barrel. Not really any vanilla or char additions, and the bourbon flavor itself is still strong. The mouth feel is a little thinner, but it’s got a good balance. The carbonation is also a little sharper than I’d like to see. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet and carries a hint of booziness. I’m not a big Central Waters fan, but this is definitely better than the BA stouts I’ve had from them.
MNAle (120) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Moderately dark brown/ruby color. Lightly carbonated. 1/2 inch tan bubbly creamy head that recedes slowly leaving thick lacing. Sweet whiskey aroma with hints of chocolate. Initial taste matches the aroma: sweet and bourbon. Thick and creamy mouth feel. The alcohol is detectable but not overbearing. Smooth taste with whiskey dominating, transitioning to some bittering in the finish. The aftertaste is moderately bitter bourbon that hangs around just the right amount of time. Excellent. Well done, CW.
Christpuncher (2798) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of grape and some booze. A little sweet but nice barley wine wih a strong boozy finish. Can really taste the bourbon. Pours reddish brown. Had at Antioch liquors
DuchessOfIowa (161) - Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice mahagony to chestnut color. Thin vanilla white head. Very, very sweet caramel flavor for my palate in the initial start of the tasting. A bit of agressive dry and tannic finish for my preference. Nice big bird tap handle tho.
Patrickctenchi (6037) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy, medium brown with a spotty, off-white ring.
Big, bourbon-soaked oak aroma.
Taste is bourbon, caramel malt, wood.
Surprisingly mild alcohol presence.
Big and smooth.
mkebrewer (6) - MENOMONEE FALLS, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2016 does not count
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of burnt sugar, molasses, with slight hints of bourbon. Has a hot alcohol smell. Initial taste is sweet and raisiny with an oak aftertaste. Very complex. Medium bodied beer that gets better as you drink it. Definitely a beer for a cold day as it will warm you up in a hurry!