SHANER4 (480) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle - Poured a beautiful candy apple red color with medium/small off white head.
Aroma - Sweet like a blow pop sucker and also raisins.
Flavor - Many tastes going on here...sweet caramel malt, toffee and great balance of bourbon.
Palate - medium/heavy bodied with good carbonation with spice on tongue. Finish is dry and aftertaste is smokey.
Overall - Great beer..Smooth and easy drinking! Probably would go nice with a cigar?!!
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep copper red color. Nice barleywine with flavors of wood, vanilla, caramel and fig.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy Secret Santa. 2008 bottle that is labeled Bourbon Barrel Barleywine. Pours a deep reddish copper color with a small and foamy cream colored head that slowly settles to a thin film. The aroma is really nice showing heaps of caramel and toffee malt, cherries, raisins, and oaky vanilla. The flavor follows the same lines with the sweet toffee and caramel malt on top of cherries, raisins, and oaky vanilla all soaked in bourbon. The bourbon is blended well as it is not overly hot and provides ample sweetness to hide the alcohol. Medium bodied, smooth and syrupy on the mouthfeel with a long, sweet finish and a touch of alcohol warmth on the way down. Really nicely done barleywine and use of the barrel.
hopscotch (9364) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Cloudy burnt orange ale with very little to no head. Vanilla, caramel and bourbon notes stand out in the aroma. Lesser note of roasted nuts. Full-bodied with modest carbonation. Roasted, caramelized, bourbon flavor. Pretty sweet, but bittered just enough to provide drinkability. Simple, boozy and malty. Thanks go out to juiceisloose for sharing the bottle!
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours deep copper color almost brown. Big time alcohol aroma with raisins and caramel and a sparse bit of carbonation. Alot of oak in the beginning and smoked meat at the end. A bit medicinal and alot of bourbon. There was a whole lot going on in this one. Some hop bitterness that gives way to some honey and molasses flavors. Not sure exactly how to rate it.
Glouglouburp (6096) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2009
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
In short: Extra sweet barley candy, too much alcohol and minty medicinal tea. Wouah!. A disturbing aggressive beer.
How: Bottle 12oz. 2008 vintage. Given to me by kmweaver, thanks Ken
The look: Partly cloudy dark red body topped by a small white ring of foam
In long: The not-so-inviting nose is extra sweet and herbal. Taste is aggressively annoying. The malt backbone is simplistic sugary barley candy. Not fruity notes or any complexity here. Alcohol is apparent and tastes like a Gin, honestly. Then that totally inappropriate hopping that really tastes like medicinal tea. Oh and a lot of mint too. They shoud remove the "Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Kosmyk Charlies Y2K " from the name.
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottle and shared with tjthresh: Murky coppery brown hue with a small but lasting frothy head and left spotty lace upon the glassware. Weeeeeee, a very barley wine aroma of heavy malts (caramel, toffee, rye bread, and even some sourdough) along with noticeable alcohol vapours, bourbon barrel, some resiny and peppery hop still left, papery slight oxidation noticed too. The taste starts surprisingly quite fruity (prune, fig, over ripened apple), oily sweet malts, bitter old hops, astringent grains, white pepper and clove, hint of marzipan and woodshop floor dusty dry finish. The mouth feel is lush and warming, medium to full bodied but just missing a extra kick in the teeth that the aroma and flavor profile demanded. Overall a well done brew that I would revisit if given the opportunity.
Ratman197 (10074) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2008 bonus beer from BrianK (thanks!) poured a hazy tarnished copper with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of bourbon, sherry, oak, toffee, plum, carmel and pepper. Palate was full bodied and smooth with a slightly syrupy warming finish. Flavors of bourbon, oak, carmel, plum, raisin, pepper, toffee and a hint of vanilla with a smooth lightly strupy warming lingering bittersweet finish. Amazingly great Beer!
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Thanks MaxxDaddy! Pours murky amber with a dense tan head. The aroma is boozy and sweet with lots of vanilla, caramel, light oak, and underlying dark fruit character. Slick body- warming but not overly boozy. This is an already sweet Barley Wine to begin with, that luckily didn’t gain too much sweetness from the Bourbon. Like the base beer, it gives off some honey and dark fruits in the flavor- prunes and moderate vanilla. A bit sweet, again, but it works in moderation. Decent stuff. Lost some of it’s base spiciness from the barrel.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Maxxdaddy for sharing. Sampled both teh y2k kosmyk charlies and the bourbon barrel Barleywine side by side. Liked both about the same. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a thin lasting head. Aroma is tons of sweet malts, backed by lots of bourbon, but not over the top of hot- the oakiness form the barrels seems a bit old and faded almost turing to leather and earth which is cool in a barleywine sometimes. More sweet complex malts in the flavor although a bit more harsh phenolics seep through that were covered by the borubon aroma before, old wood and bourbon come through in the end. Good mouthfeel and finish is long lasting. Pretty good overall.