arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2007 as "Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine." Warm smells of butter rum, toffee, golden raisin, and a bit of sour bourbon. Really nice body in the mouth, buttery and bright, then sweet, then a bite of a weird herbal flavor, then a bitter and astringent hop finish that’s dry and just a bit chemical. The beginning of this beer (the smell and initial flavor) are much better than the finish, but it never gets bad, just kind of a letdown. Overall, very very solid beer.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very very nice Barleywine. Pours a brownish-orange with a good looking head. Aroma is awesome, strong hops, lots of yeast, candy, and vanilla. Flavor is the same, with a strong yeast/wood balance. Everything works well. The actual bourbon is hidden very well, and adds to the flavor, with the wood taking center stage. Never would have guessed this was 11%. Delicious.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine 2008. Pours tawny brown. With some tan head. Strong nose of toffee and cherry syrup vanilla and bourbon. Nice and robust. Flavor is strong on the bourbon with pleny of oak to go along. Rich creamy full body. Warm dry finish. Very well done.
riversideAK (5593) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of bourbon barrel, booze, caramel, toffee, vanilla, ripe fruits. Amber pour with a thin ring of bubbles. The flavor is pretty sweet with some oak tartness, alcohol, vanilla, and fruity malt sweetness. This was pretty damn enjoyable actually.
Maria (10133) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Fonefan. Vintage 2008, comes as Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barlwy Wine. It is red bronze and the head is creamy. The aroma is vinous and has notes of oak, vanilla, bourbon, raisin, caramel. The flavour has sweetness and notes of malt, bourbon, oak, vanilla, raisin, caramel and it ends with a slightly spicy bite. It hides the alcohol well.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 vintage. Pours a medium bodied brown amber color with a small, but sticky tan head. The aroma is a rather complex variety of dried dark fruit, candied sugar, semi-sweet smoke, bourbon, and dry oak. The flavor starts off with an abundance of dark fruits (black cherries, red grapes, plums) and some sweeter roasty malts with bourbon, vanilla, and oak rounding out the finish. Good stuff.
adrian910ss (2333) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 bottle courtesy of the MotorToddHead. Pours a murky dark caramel brown with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, coconut, wood and bourbon. Taste of mild bourbon blended with dates, brown sugar, vanilla, coconut and wood. This one is SUPERB !!!!
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of pepsican. Comes as: "Central Waters Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine". Pours a slightly hazy amber golden with an off-white head. Distinct bourbon aroma. Medium-bodied with loads of caramel and fruit combined with very distinct bourbon accents. Very low bitterness. 311008
yespr (30766) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 fl oz bottle, courtesy of Papsoe. Pours hazy orange to brown with a fully gone head. Aroma is dense barrel wooden aroma with a mild dried fruity note. Dry malty and wooden flavour. Solid malty to solid wooden flavoured with a distinct warming note. Spiced and acidic finish. Too overwhelming for my taste.
Grovlam (4152) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. [Tasting session @ Papsoe, 31-10-2008] Average creamy beige like head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Light cloudy amber color. Aroma of bread, vinous, grain, dried fruit, Sherry like, alcohol. Over the palate came good hoppy notes combined with the strong malty profile. Full bodied with an average carbonation and thick light alcoholic texture. Heavy sweet flavor with good counter sweetness. Lingering vinous malty finish.