Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2009. Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a tawny, rusty amber with just a sheet of lace on top. Good amount of bubbles rising up, even after 3 years in the dark. The aroma has a slight musty scent, but the oak and vanilla come through on the finish. Subtle bourbon notes invite me to partake.
Heavy feel as this one is a sipper. Rich, syrup-like feel coats the palate. The bourbon character has held its own after time passed. It may not be as powerful, but there are nice sweet flavors of vanilla, caramel, toffee noted. The hop presence has faded, but there still lingers hints of bitterness that round out the sweet character of this one.
This beer was a treat to sip. Would have been great to do a side-by-side with a ’12, but I can’t have everything...
drsordr (2332) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour copper with ruby hue and thin ecru head. Nose caramel, toffee, light powder, apple, some booze, and light dank. Taste caramel, toffee, molasses, and maple syrup. Some whiskey from the barrel. Sweet and cloying. Maple syrup finish.
MrTipple (3586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Molasses, dark, toasted malts, sweet bread and caramel, burnt caramel. Clear, dark gold, small, creamy, off-white head. Medium to heavy sweet. Sweet molasses, grain and bread malts, toasted flavours, bitters, quite harsh bitterness coming up, soft carbonation, full bodied. Decent Barley Wine, yet some harsh bitterness in palate. Keg at Sugar Maple, Milwaukee.
vyvvy (5858) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 30, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours reddish brown with a dense beige head. The aroma has rich caramel, vanilla, oak, rich toasty malt and an English slant to it. It has a fairly thick body with soft carbonation. The taste has drier malt, dates, caramel, alcohol warmth, oak and woodiness. The finish has pleasing warmth. Nicely made.
luttonm (4619) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in Seattle. Thanks Chris! A bit lighter than the original, that we’re tasting side by side. Mild sweet aroma. Rich, alcohol body. Sweet, round bourbon. Rich hot body. Tasty, but a bit more anonymous than the non-BA version. Nice.
Cousin_Larry (875) - - JUN 6, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a sample at WOBFest 2016. Could taste the bourbon notes, as well as plums and smoke/wood.
BuckeyeBoy (5964) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 31, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours out a cola color topped with a small head. Nose is big sweet malts rich toffee caramel some pit fruit bourbon barrel vanilla coconut. Taste is more of the heavy sweetness rich malts pit fruit toffee a nice bourbon barrel balance. Very nice.
hackobock (3486) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
July 28, 2015. Bottle, vintage 2015, tasting at jtclockwork’s, thanks for sharing!
Hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet, malty with caramel, dark sugar, vanilla, prunes, figs, bourbon. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter and slightly boozy. Finish is sweet caramel, some dried fruits, vanilla, warming bourbon notes. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation.
DuffMan (9541) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy tawny brown body, golden head. Chewy sweet toffee malts, bready, sponge toffee, vanilla, toasted coconut, sticky delicious! No hint of the ABV. Delicious!
dinkle50 (1364) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Muddy brown pour with a single finger tan head. Aroma of candy & coconut. It’s a bit oxidized, but it works. Taste is massively complex. Lots of candy, caramelized brown sugar, toffee, coconut, oak, vanilla and a hint of bourbon. Dry finish. Lace present. Full bodied.
rlgk (18187) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Rattle & Hum, NYC. Dark mahogany/brown beer with a nice lasting beige head. Wonderful vanilla and wood aroma, raisins, figs, dades, grape notes, caramel and cream, biscuit notes, licorice, some prunes. Woody vanilla flavor, licorice, figs, caramel, raisins, prunes, grape notes, subtile hops, bourbon notes, spicy, some cream. A masterpiece with well hidden alcohol. Fantastic!