oakbluff (432) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle- 2009 vintage. Pours a ruby chestnut with good clarity and a one finger light brown head. Nose- ripe dark fruit, fig, big toasty malts, vanilla and sweet bourbon. Taste- very sweet blast of bourbon and caramel malts followed by raisins and spruce. Pretty boozy. Mouthfeel- low carbonation, thick and chewy from the huge malt bill. Drying finish from alcohol heat and reasonably high hopping. An interesting brew.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 Bottle Mahogany pour with white head. Aroma is full of bourbon, raisins, vanilla, and toffee. Taste a boozy, but you get many of the sweet flavors too. Just starting to get into Barley Wines, but this one makes me want to try many more if they are anything like this!
vtafro (4827) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Mahogany pour with white head. Aroma is overpowered by bourbon and malts. Harsh flavors, malts, caramel, bourbon , dark fruits, and some hops. Alcohol is evident wouldn’t really say it hidden at all.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bourbon is not at all overpowering, probably the most well adjusted barrel I have ever had over sweet malty goodness. Very nice aroma. Pour leaves a little to be desired, a dark red with very little head only gets bonus point for looking viscous as hell. Mouth is just amazing on this one, I don’t know that I’ve ever tasted something so thick and smooth. The taste is good, not great, but it is rather pleasant. A tad on the sweet side.
madvike (3095) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Mahogany pour with a small head. Beautiful. Smells of butterscotch, bourbon, raisins, and just a little warmth. Taste is big and sweet, with caramel, bourbon, dark fruit, and just enough hops on the finish. This beer is smooth and velvety in the mouth, and even though you’ve got a little burn it hides the 11.2% pretty well. If this wasn’t $5/bottle, I’d drink it all the time.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle said "Bourbon Barrel Barleywine 2009" but the link directed me here. Deep brownish amber color with a light and foamy tan head. Strong aroma of bourbon, alcohol and vanilla. Boozy but dry and malty taste with hints of toffee, raisins and vanilla.
Theis (14464) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks to CaptainCougar. Cloudy red/brown - white head. Sweetness, candy, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, alcoholic, sharpness, dryness, licorice, grassy, grainy, roasted, toasted. Nice.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
GTMW 2009. Poured a hazy dark orange color with an off white head. Smelled of booze, fig, raisin, and caramel. Nice. Full bodied with mild bitterness. Sweet, but not overly so. The sugars were opposed by a bit of acidity. The flavors were well balanced with vanilla, caramel apple, toffee, and molasses elements. There was a splash of bourbon, but thankfully, this one was not over-bourbonated. Good stuff.
sebletitje (7801) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
courtesy from a good BA trade.
Pours dark orange with thin off white head.
Aroma is filled with bourbon, notes of caramel, brown sugar and malts.
Flavor, caramel, malts, some chocolate and plenty of bourbon palate while the overall wood is very mild.
Medium carbonation with a boozy mouthfeel.
Another outstanding CW beer.
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy red dark amber with a medium deep beige head. Sweet aroma with bourbon, caramel, toasted malt, wood and ripe fruits. Sweet flavour with toasted malt, caramel, ripe fruits, bourbon, figs, vanilla and oak. Finished sweet with warming alchol.