scoobysnak (312) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep amber color, crystal clear, and good carbonation. Light tan head with a good film of bubbles. Smell is candy sweet with some good bourbon notes, hops and more bourbon, maybe a hint of chocolate and some alcohol heat also. Medium mouthfeel, silky smooth. Taste is a good initial taste of bourbon, some sweetness that you would typically find in a barleywine and a good alcohol heat that you feel as it makes its way to your stomach. Aftertaste is malt and bourbon. Although Iím not the biggest fan of bourbon I will say that this is none the less very good, and at 11.2 ABV, though you can taste the alcohol, it is still very drinkable.
Ibrew2or3 (6210) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yep, that guy Gillard is up to his old tricks by sharing amazing WI brew offerings. Thanks buddy.
Pours deep copper with light tan head. Nice aroma with tasty wood and bourbon notes that donít really over shadow the fruity esters and faint maltiness. The alcohol heat does build up and singe the nose a bit. The taste starts with mildly sweet maltiness and roasty malts that then becomes wood and barrel like flavors before a formidable vanilla flavor takes hold. Thereís also dark fruity esters of grapes, cherries and prunes before the alcohol hotness builds to a distracting level. It could use more age. Darn tasty now though
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009
Date: May 03, 2008
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark amber, wispy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: hot sweet caramel and vanilla aroma
Flavor: big sweet candy caramel flavor with lots of vanilla sweetness, lots of bourbon melds well with the candy, touch of fruity character, touch of alcohol
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Name: Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
Date: April 24, 2009
Appearance: muddy brown, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, brown sugar and vanilla sweetness, light oak, touch of bourbon
Flavor: sweet bourbon and hot caramel flavor, oak for balance
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4233) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany-hued body encircled by a ring of white bubbles.
Smell: Heavily fruity caramel aroma and all of the obligatory bourbonesque notes with some coarse wafts of that bourbon (Old Grandad) creeping into the nose.
Taste: Sweetish, sugary caramel maltiness with a slight toastiness to it. Tastes of wood and spiced vanilla from the bourbon. A little bit of maraschino cherry syrup. Medium-high bitterness. Bittersweet finish with a further hint of wood delivers plenty of warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: This is pretty, Central Waters. Iíll cheerfully admit that.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy Gillard. Pours a clear dark copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, bourbon, and oak. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium thin mouthfeel with a moderate amount of alcohol burn. Too hot.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 vintage thanks to nflmvp: Pours a transparent copper mahogany with a wispy-lacing light tan head. Complex aroma of sweet dark caramely malts and nice oaky bourbon character. Body starts with good fullness and sweet viscous caramel notes balanced with nice woody bourbon flavor before a smooth sweet bourbony finish. A nice brew that should age well.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is fruity, caramel, alcohol, and bourbon. Flavor is fruity, caramel, bourbon, and a warming alcohol finish.
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark orange red with a slight 1/16 inch head and low lacing. Very lightly carbonated. Strong bourbon malt smell. Bold bourbon-malt flavor that is smooth and balanced. This is very good and the 11.2% ABV is certainly in your face. The malt tastes goes very well with the bourbon. This is worth buying. Very enjoyable! World Class!
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
*didnt mind wouldnt buy*
aroma: vanilla creamy oak bourbon some sharp booze and hidin hops. neat. App: brown water with a hint of magic. flavor: sharp but warm .. almost balanced. very bourboned. not as gooey and warm as i had hoped, lots better than the un barreled. needs age.
palate: spritzy and thin
OA: its ok. bit sharp and rough.
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep amber-brown with thin but long lived tan head. Sweet fruit flavor, with extensive molasses and caramel flavors and oaky, bourbon notes. Delicious beer