tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, as Brewer’s Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, 2008. Pours a darkish cloudy amber-brown with small khaki head. The aroma is toffee, raisin, sticky pine sap, some warm chocolate and vanilla tones, and a hint of straight whisky. The flavor has an immediately noticeable charred bourbon taste, but is followed immediately by a warm and fuzzy milk chocolate note that gets sweeter through the mouth. Vanilla and wood come through, as well as a strong piney bitterness. The finish is toffee and whisky, with a pretty hearty dose of alcoholic warmth. Pretty decent beer.
kyzr (1189) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 10, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 bottle from riversideAK. Pours dark redish brown with brown nitro style head. Nose is dried fruit and whiskey. Flavor is bourbon, dried fruit, caramel, wood, and rather sweet. Body had a great smooth and creamy texture. Good heat from the high alcohol.
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAR 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Kingpin IPA for this gem. Bottle had a purple label 2008. anyway, nice bougandy color with a huge bourbon nose. Taste was thick and tase of dried fruit and lots of bourbon. Nice woods flavor too. Nice
SHANER4 (487) - 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 (1202) - 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 (10265) - 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 (6103) - 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 (6507) - 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.