Ratman197 (11778) - 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 (3032) - 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 (5075) - 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.
dmac (4965) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle via trade but unfortunately I don’t remember from whom. Aroma on this one is great. Lots of sweetness from the barley wine, notes of honey..molassess..malts..and a slight touch of wax which I find in lots of BWs. From the bourbon barrel, vanilla notes..oak barrel..slight traces of bourbon upon warming. Palate on this one is very smooth especially considering the 11.2%, fuller bodied with good carbonation for a BW and a slightly chalky mouthfeel. Flavor is great with a fantastic marriage of sweetness and bourbon barrel... vanilla, oak, alcohol, mollassess, dried dark fruits, honey, toast. Wow I never heard any buzz or read any reviews about this beer so I wasn’t expecting much but....Wow, great stuff!!!
Headbanger (3578) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle (Discount Liquors)-2008 bottle-Pours a hazy dark amber body with a small off white covering and ring for a head. The aromas make you want to just dig in. They have malt, caramel, slight bourbon, dried fruits, and toffee. Taste begins with malt and bourbon with a nice dose of vanilla contributing. It finishes with a bit of oak. This full bodied brew covers up the alcohol and is balanced very well. Not being a big fan of this style I have to say this is quite enjoyable and quite tasty.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle, labeled as Bourbon Barrel Barleywine. Aged for nearly a year. Pours hazy, dark auburn amber in color. A small, foamy, beige colored head settles to a swirly film. A swish of the glass reveals dense, sugary, sudsy legging that leaves slow moving spots behind on the glass. The aroma is quite nice. The malt base shows dark toffee and caramel, with a bevy of bourbon soaked, dried dark fruits, such as cherry, fig, and raisin. Oak imparts its signature vanilla quality. The whole concoction takes on a sherry-like profile, alcoholic warmth coming through but not outdoing the malty, fruity sweetness. Flavors continue the theme, rich toffee and nougat showing along with cherries, raisins, and heaps of oaky vanilla, all saturated with a malty bourbon. Big bodied and syrupy, the sweetness conceals what is clearly a big alcohol content. Like the rest of the brew, the finish is very sherry-like, ending almost dry, with lingering fruit. This is a great barleywine, perhaps just a bit too warm, but otherwise rich and complex.
decaturstevo (5613) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep ruby red with tight white lace and head. Deep raisins super sweet maltiness. Deep dried fruit sweet raisins and a very nice bitter. Solid medium bodied with carbonation being off just a tad for me. Wow fresh but a killer beer for me.
fiulijn (16931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
<i>Tasting at Papsoe</i>
Hazy red-dark amber color. Wonderful aroma, vanilla, malt, Christmas Pudding. Excellent malt flavor, with good chocolate and vanilla notes, and strong bitterness, Very good.
arjoseph (642) - 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.