kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle courtesy of markwise. Pours a dark brown with reddish cherry highlights and a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of cherry, ripe dark fruit, whisky, chocolate, some ripe sugar plums and hints of caramel and honey. Favor is sweet and malty with notes of rum soaked raisins, ripe dark fruit, molasses, dark chocolate, aged cherries, some slight hints of fresh fruit and coconut. Generally medium to full body with a pleasing matly boozy finish.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled April 2009
A salty, almost peat like aroma is noticeable as I vigorously pour this beer into my 25cl tulip glass. It forms a three-finger thick, amber tinged tan colored head that rests on top of a darkish brown beer that shows a hazy, plum-amber color when held up to the light. The aroma has a huge coconut note to it along with notes of vanillin; this is definitely quite distinct and definitely nice smelling. Sweet caramelized malt aromatics contribute notes of brown sugar, toffee and sweet brown bread play a supporting, subtle, but boosting role to the coconut and vanillin notes. As the beer warms up the brown sugar notes pick up and combine with the toasted coconut aromas. A touch of warming, spicy alcohol becomes more noticeable in the nose as well.
The beer feels thick and viscous as it hits my tongue. It has a complex, caramelized sweetness from the chewy malt. The coconut note is here in the flavor as well, playing a big role but note quite as big as it did in the aroma. Spicy alcohol notes add some warmth and a touch of drying character to the finish that balances the up front sweetness. The barrel influence doesn’t just provide flavors of coconut, but also touches of vanillin, a Bourbon spiciness, spicy oak notes, a touch of butterscotch and a slight tannic edge (this last is pretty subtle though). This is really a sipping brew because of the full body and overall richness. Brown sugar and caramelized malt notes just ooze from this beer. Other malt influences of toasted, concentrated pale malt flavors, a slight nuttiness at times and a big biscuit-like malt character. Resinous hop notes play a role here as well, quite a significant role actually, but I didn’t notice them until quite a bit of time had passed because of all the other things going on; bitter earthy pine notes, a nice menthol touch and this eve has some essential citrus oil flavors.
This is much more enjoyable than I was expecting. The coconut notes from the barrel are really nice and it really works with the thick, sweet, rich base beer; without the barrel influence, the base beer might note even be all that good or balanced. The aroma is not as complex as the flavor, but it is quite distinct with its inviting coconut note. This is definitely an enjoyable beer that I am quite glad to have tried.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber, reddish colour with a small off white head. Malty, caramel and alcohol sweet aroma with notes of fruit and vanilla. caramel sweet flavor with alcohol and vanilla notes. Light dry finish with a light alcohol sweetness.
joergen (26197) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange red coloured with a small off white head.
Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruits, alcoholl and vanilla with notes f biubon.
Sweet flavour of caramel, dried fruits, boubon, alcohol and vanilla.
Warming alcoholic finish.
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of JuiceIsLoose, as Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine. Sweet smell. Dark fruits, oak and whisky flavor. Very good.
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle (2008 release)
I have sat on this for around a year. That time has not treated it as well as I had hoped. Instead of mellowing out it was still a bit too boozy for my tastes. I am normally a fan of strong bourbon flavors but only when there is something to accompany it. The good news in this case is that it only cost $3.99 to find out it was decent at best.
Aroma / Appearance - A sickly white head and caramel red body meld into a presentable liquid. The vanilla is too strong against the caramel, molasses, and maltiness. The bourbon is a bit too strong here yet still smooth.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy and a bit cloying the mouthfeel sticks to the roof of the mouth. More heavy than I thought at 11% ABV the cherry, molasses, and booze mix not so well. Still palateable this is not the best beer from Central Waters but does represent their ability to crank out solid beers.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Bottle - Thanks Toby! - Pours reddish amber with a small off white head...aroma is massive bourbon barrel and vanilla, fruity and boozy...flavour is similar, sweet dried fruit...a little hot and dominated by the barrel, but very tasty...
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle with purple label pours red to black with a foamy head (vigorous pour), leaving some residual lace. The aroma is solid wood, vanilla, dried plums, and molasses. The flavor is so dark, caramelized fruits, vanilla, wood, pancakes and syrup, cookies, and some bitterness dancing around the edges. The palate is smooth, real smooth. There is some understated carbonation. Overall, I love this.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with garnet highlights. Compact beige head, nice retention and lace. Aroma is mostly caramel, with bourbon-vanilla undertones. Flavor leads off fruity, strawberry, dried apricots, the sweetness cut by lightly tannic oak and a licorice bitterness. In the finish, the more caramelized bourbon and vanilla elements emerge, but this isn’t well harmonized with the fruitier elements. Warming, penetrating mouthfeel. Full-bodied with a slightly cloying finish.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz 2009 bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thin beige head. Tons of sweet oak, candied dark fruits, molasses, vanilla and bourbon. The booze is quite well hidden in this one, flavor is like eating candied apricots soaked in caramel, freakin good stuff.