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 (25822) - 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 (3520) - 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.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN! Pours opaque ruby brown, off white head. Aroma is dried fruit, molasses, animal crackers. Flavor is port, dried fruit, pine, malt, molasses, anise, butter, graham crackers/animal crackers, bourbon. Oily mouth feel. Complex flavor, decent barleywine.
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 50cl. @ [ Ulfborg Tasting ].[ As Central Waters Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine ].
[ Trade by Papsoe ]. Clear dark amber color with a average to large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off- white to light brown head. Aroma is light heavy malty, caramel, dark berry, raisin, prune, date, wood, oak, vanilla. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily and smooth, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic.