Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This poured an amber color with a white head. The aroma contains alcohol, caramel, burbon, brown sugar, and a hint of citrus. The flavor contains oddly some sweet potatoes, citrus, burbon, and caramel. This one was rather hot and could use some aging but still a very good beer.
jake65 (2532) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep amber pour with a thick & creamy beige head. Rich bourbon aroma, almost a bit overbearing. Some faint malt. Tastes is sweet and malty, caramel, bourbon, a bit of dark fruit. Smooth. Still a bit much on the ba notes. Probably will age well if the bourbon fades. Different flavor from the standard y2k, but equally enjoyable. Sidenote - as it warmed the ba subdues a bit and the flavors blend together better.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of a trade from a while ago. Thanks! Pours a deep, clear ruby-brown color; thin, light-tan head with solid, fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of dried oranges, dried red fruits, and toasted malts in the aroma; some alcohol showing, with some tannins and warmth overall; slightly astringent, generous nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: this beer, at first, reminded me quite a bit of the HOTD FFtW, though the orange notes and creaminess is a bit lessened here; lots of toasted malts, dried red fruits, and warming alcohol upfront; overall, though, the orange and fruit presence is subdued compared to FFtW, and there are some astringent tea notes and a fair bit more alcohol; still, a very generous, solid barley wine; the bourbon presence appears mostly as sharp liqueur-like notes and alcohol at the edges; not exceedingly soft, but also not terribly rough; a reasonable barrel-aged rendition, if a bit difficult to drink a lot of this. Lengthy finish: toasty malts, dried red fruits, and candy sugar; some alcohol appearing throughout.
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great barleywine, courtesy of Derek. Alias the Y2K barrel-aged. The bourbon aroma is mellow and pleasing The ruby colour and white bubbly head. Beatiful lace. Rich taste, the bourbon is intrinsic and its mellowed somewhat.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 12 oz. bottle via trade with KingpinIPA - Pours a reddish-brown color with a 3/4 finger thick light tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is fruity esters, sweet doughy malt and a touch of oak/bourbon. Quite nice. The barrel aging is a bit more noticeable in the flavor. The flavor also has a good bit of esters and some malt sweetness. The alcohol is quite noticeable in the finish. Medium to full body. A nice sipper. Thanks Mike.
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to decaturstevo for this one.
Reddish amber with a small off-white head.
Malty bourbon aroma.
Fruity cherry flavor loads of sweet malt.
Tasty English style BW.
HonkeyBra (3108) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish with a tan head. Aroma is buttery, vanilla, oak, butterscotch and, mostly, hot with alcohol. FLavor is oaky, bourbon to the forfront with some hops and candied malts. Alcohol is very present, with a creamy mouthfeel. Finish is long lasting and bourbony. I think this needs to be cellared a bit.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at Great Taste, but rating is from a bottle. They now have a new bottle (not pictured above) that lists this as "Bourbon Barrel Barleywine" with a purple label and a description. Onto the beer: I enjoyed this side by side with JW Lees 1997 Harvest Ale, which was the superior of the two. This has the notes of vanilla and a touch of soy one the nose leading into date and caramel, with a hoppy, dry finish. I imagine this will be drinking better in about 3-4 years, when the hops are more muted and it sweetens up a bit. Overall it lacked the complexity of some of the best barleywines, although it was still solid and enjoyable.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 Bottle shared with grimreeser. Pours deep amber with dissipating off white head. Boozy and butterscotch aroma. Flavor of sugary caramel and toffee countered by a medium bitterness. Alcohol and hops on the finish. Not bad but not great.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Central Waters is quickly rising to the top of my favorite Wisc brewers. Pours a muddy caramel colour with a decent sized vanilla head. Aroma is sharp, dank- lemon, alcohol and fermented cherries. Taste is full, and pungent- straightforward to the palate, impressive beer, with a kickass abv, im assuming around 8.5.