kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a transparent copper mahogany with a smallish light tan head. Lightly sweet aroma of dark caramel malts, oak and bourbon. Flavor is sweet caramel, vanilla sweetness, bourbon , some fruit and a bit of alcohol. Medium to full bodied, smouth texture. Finishes long and candy sweet.
Lothore (547) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2009 A- Pours an orangey brown hue with very little head.
S- Smell consists of very dark fruits, raisins, figs, plum and a hint of bourbon.
T- Taste is excellent. A couple nights ago I had a Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barleywine and was worried this wouldn’t hold a candle to it but it is pretty great. Lighter fruity notes to begin with followed by strong raisin and fig and a sweetness mixed with alcohol warming toward the end. Absolutely delicious.
M- Thick with ample carbonation.
D- This is an excellent bourbon barleywine. Great to sip on anytime. I will certainly seek this out again in the future.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from KingpinIPA. Hazy amber/caramel color. Maty fruity hoppy nose. The flavor was thick and sweet with nice hop presence. Light bourbon finish. Damn fine stuff.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Bottle. Pours amber brown body with a thin and then quickly no lacing. Aroma/Flavor is sweet malt, loads of bourbon, etoh, with a malty bourbon etoh that dominates. 4.0
Some light vanilla and oak with a light hoppy bitterness. Nice brew overall. 2nd and 3rd time around i was thinking 3.8-4.0.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to nflmvp, thanks steve! Aroma has notes of bourbon, wood, smoke, dried dark fruits, port, and caramel. Average sized off-white frothy head that mostly diminishes and leaves some lace. Deep and dark red/amber hue. Flavor is bourbon, wood, smoke, prune, and caramel. Palate is oily soft and full bodied. Very good and the alcohol is well balanced. I should have held off a year or two but it was still very good. I’m not a fan of bourbon but I do like this, that nose is just so fascinating for a beer to have.
scoobysnak (329) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep amber color, crystal clear, and good carbonation. Light tan head with a good film of bubbles. Smell is candy sweet with some good bourbon notes, hops and more bourbon, maybe a hint of chocolate and some alcohol heat also. Medium mouthfeel, silky smooth. Taste is a good initial taste of bourbon, some sweetness that you would typically find in a barleywine and a good alcohol heat that you feel as it makes its way to your stomach. Aftertaste is malt and bourbon. Although I’m not the biggest fan of bourbon I will say that this is none the less very good, and at 11.2 ABV, though you can taste the alcohol, it is still very drinkable.
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yep, that guy Gillard is up to his old tricks by sharing amazing WI brew offerings. Thanks buddy.
Pours deep copper with light tan head. Nice aroma with tasty wood and bourbon notes that don’t really over shadow the fruity esters and faint maltiness. The alcohol heat does build up and singe the nose a bit. The taste starts with mildly sweet maltiness and roasty malts that then becomes wood and barrel like flavors before a formidable vanilla flavor takes hold. There’s also dark fruity esters of grapes, cherries and prunes before the alcohol hotness builds to a distracting level. It could use more age. Darn tasty now though
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009
Date: May 03, 2008
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark amber, wispy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: hot sweet caramel and vanilla aroma
Flavor: big sweet candy caramel flavor with lots of vanilla sweetness, lots of bourbon melds well with the candy, touch of fruity character, touch of alcohol
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Name: Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
Date: April 24, 2009
Appearance: muddy brown, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, brown sugar and vanilla sweetness, light oak, touch of bourbon
Flavor: sweet bourbon and hot caramel flavor, oak for balance
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4354) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany-hued body encircled by a ring of white bubbles.
Smell: Heavily fruity caramel aroma and all of the obligatory bourbonesque notes with some coarse wafts of that bourbon (Old Grandad) creeping into the nose.
Taste: Sweetish, sugary caramel maltiness with a slight toastiness to it. Tastes of wood and spiced vanilla from the bourbon. A little bit of maraschino cherry syrup. Medium-high bitterness. Bittersweet finish with a further hint of wood delivers plenty of warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: This is pretty, Central Waters. I’ll cheerfully admit that.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy Gillard. Pours a clear dark copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, bourbon, and oak. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium thin mouthfeel with a moderate amount of alcohol burn. Too hot.