JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Capone’s, Norristown. 2011 vintage. It’s been so long since I’ve had a BA barleywine that I was reminded with this beer of how damn tasty the style can be. Big amber-brown pour with an appealing glow to it and a healthy, silky carbonation. Nose was very strong, with sherry, wood, vanilla, and related flavors coming across just as powerfully as the bourbon itself. Good English-style beer at the base, plenty malty with nightcap and candy elements abounding. With the additions of the barrel and the booze, it really works quite nicely. Very good.
c1raider (58) - New York, USA - APR 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2015 Complex, toasted coconut, malt, barely. Excellent! The heat shows more than is desirable. Would buy again
ineedbeer (1013) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12 oz 2015 bottle.
Aroma has a lot of dark caramel and toffee notes with some burnt toast and a light chocolate note. Moderate raisin, fig and prune. Medium light oak and bourbon.
Pours a murky brown with a bit of a copper hue and a small, fairly thick, tan head that exhibits decent retention as it recedes to the edges where it lingers. Medium lacing and legs.
Flavor is moderately sweet with quite a bit of caramel and toffee. Some toasted bread and nuts with a hint of chocolate. Lighter fruit than the aroma, but still quite a bit of raisin and fig with lesser plum and prune. Some moderate oak with medium light bourbon. Medium high bitterness and a touch of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a nice beer with a great aroma, but the flavor finishes a bit rough with too much bitterness and oak tannins. Nice malt presence, but could use a touch more bourbon as well.
bytemesis (4089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2012. Pours hazy reddish hazel, medium creamy tan head, that dissipates slowly leaving nice residual and decent lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark sugars. Flavor follows, medium sweet, and light plus bitter, lots of dark sugars and bourbon vanilla flavors, a bit of oxidation. Fullish body, creamy mouthfeel.
tmoreau (2782) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters, displaying a fairly clear, copper color, with bubbly, off white head foam, and spots of lacing. The aroma & flavor shared notes of maltiness, caramel sweetness, dried fruit, and barrel induced hints of vanilla & coconut. Earthy bitterness and slightly hot, bourbony alcohol lingered together into the finish, in a rather full body. Cellaring would’ve definitely mellowed the alcohol, but anticipation won out.
GTAEgeek (1390) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from West at Ale Alpharetta. Clear brown, with a thin, beige head. Caramel, lots of vanilla, oak, butterscotch, and light piney hops. Very sweet, with a light hop bitterness. Heavy body, creamy, and a little warming. Overall, this is a nice, bourbon forward beer.
jmohno (1192) - Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky dark amber, brownish dark red with some orange hue. Light head, spotty lace. Fresh candy malt aroma vanilla oak bourbon toast, fruit-mainly cherry like. Same in taste, bourbon hits more on finish yet well from start to finish. Creamy chewy malt full body, some heat and dryness more in finish. Fruit candy. Grassy grapefruit pine bitter. Bourbon barrel thorought. Big sipper. This would age nice. 2015 bottle. Good young probably great aged.
Cybercat (3781) - Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours slightly hazy caramel with a nice fine-bubbled buff head. Fresh wood and bourbon dominate the aroma but let hints of caramel and malt peek through. Flavor has bourbon, oaken, caramel and sweet malt notes, tasty and pleasing. Finish has an alcohol nip, more playful poodle than angry Rottweiler. Texture is fairly fizzy and fairly firm. Reserve one today.
poisoneddwarf (1856) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from bytemesis. 2014 vintage. Aroma consists of whiskey, wood, coconut, vanilla, raisin, molasses, licorice, cough drop--wow, this is right up there with the best of the barrel aged malt-driven beers I’ve ever had. Smells like rum bread. Pours muddy brown with orange tints and a one finger beige head that falls into a ring and skiff of foam fairly quick; laces a little. Taste is nearly as good as the aroma, with all descriptors in place. The only thing pulling it back a little is its harshness; it’s fairly boozy and the licorice/cough drop aspect is dominant in flavor, nearly astringent. Carbonation is average, body is full. Really tasty, but it’s a sipper.
Westmeister (1979) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brought back from WI by some friends. Big, big creamy bourbon,malty, vanilla,ripe fruits, some alcohol sting, a bit biscuity. Good stuff.
starewich (167) - - FEB 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, nuts, maybe some chocolate. Heavy alcohol taste. Very thick and oily. Not accustomed to the style but I can see the appeal.