BeerKurve (363) - - AUG 18, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark hazy brown color with a off-white head. Smells consists of vanilla, caramel, chocolate, bourbon, and whiskey. Taste is vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramelized malts, whiskey, and some hops; Tastes like bourbon, I love it. Body is heavy with some mild to moderate carbonation. An excellent Barleywine overall that is bursting at the seams with flavor!
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 12, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A dark amber pour holds a thin head. Smell of Cherries, currant, vannilla bourbon, sweet malt . Taste is big with dried cherry, currant flavor and sweet malt. Great vannila from the bourbon barrell and a warm alcohol flavor. A super beer, really super. Oh yeah, and a little scary how drinkable it is.
HopAutonomous (12) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this on tap. Very thick, sweet, and delicious. Smooth and very bourbon forward. From what I remember it was legen... wait for it... hope youre not bourbon intolerant... dairy.
budznsudz (378) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a bottle into a pont glass. Ruddy brown/orange appearance with a spongy white head that sticks around for a while. The nose is incredible. Iím getting leather, vanilla, oak, bourbon, tobacco, caramelized brown sugar, syrup, and earth. The palate is dense and chewy with a smooth silky finish. Toffee, bourbon, oak, some floral hops and a bit of heat from the alcohol come together to define the taste profile. This beer tastes an awful lot like the barrel aged old ruffian from the great divide which is no small feat. Absolutely masterful brew.
kimjongill (203) - - MAR 4, 2013
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great aroma of malt and liquor. Pours a deep amber with a thin tan head. Great taste balance. Not dissimilar to oak horizontal, which is one of the better english barleywines available. Mouthfeel is dead on.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008
More oak. More bourbon. Thick, oaky and caramelized bing cherry complexity. Much improved on an already tasty concoction.
Tap @ GTMW 2006.
Hazed caramel orange in color with a milky, graying ice sheaf thatís dominated with bubble pockets. Aromatic achievement nails bourbon with bing cherry diligence, along with rum runners and rum raisins hidden in brown sugared grahams with a ribbon of grenadine. Plum smacked hickory leads into a wholesomely bright flavor bliss with salty bitterings hanging along the tongue. Smooth elements are carbonated by the alcohol hotness and amplified flavor contributors. Oily meringue with dates, caramelized to the heartís content, trail into a lingering finish. Well done.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - MAR 21, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy amber brownish color with a beige head that has decent retention and lacing. Aroma just amazes me; I absolutely love their bourbon beers, havenít had anything else that compares. Sweet caramel, bourbon, and vanilla; just such an amazing aroma. Taste echoes the aroma. Whatever they do, the flavors just hit me perfectly. Thicker than medium body, somewhat light carbonation, but goes down very smooth. Another excellent barrel aged beer from Central Waters. Keep it up!
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 bottle courtesy of the MotorToddHead. Pours a murky dark caramel brown with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, coconut, wood and bourbon. Taste of mild bourbon blended with dates, brown sugar, vanilla, coconut and wood. This one is SUPERB !!!!
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Nice copper/ruby blend of color. The carbonation is not lost on this, foamy white head with a decent lacing filling the snifter.
S: Dark fruits, mostly plum with some hints of vanilla and caramel maybe even a bit of belgian style sugar in there. A very pungent punch in the face that doesnít disappoint.
T: WOW, really this is just insane! I am not a "Homer" at all but I have to say this is the best thing to come out of Wisconsin. Very strong alcohol burn but in a good way. First sip is very misleading but as it coats the mouth the beer definitely opens up and leads to a far more complex flavor than originally lead on. Vanilla, fruit, bourbon and alcohol all come in to a magnificent harmonious blend that is almost unbelievable.
O: Favorite beer of 2011 thus far and I am halfway through the year. This, for me, will be tough to beat. Damn near perfection to my pallet. Seek this one out if you are a barleywine fan.
Serving type: bottle
Steasy66 (713) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ported from BA
A Garnet with light head, good retention
S Malt, booze, big bourbon character
T Malt, very boozy, coconut, huge bourbon barrel flavor, really spectacular
M Thick, low carbonation
O Really great beer, especially given its price and availability. I was blown away by the quality of this beer. Drank it next to the base beer, Y2K and, while both great, you can really see the advantages of barrel aging.
Serving type: bottle