czar (4688) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours murky brown with a nice light beige head, some retention and lacing. strong bourbon and toffee notes, vanilla, sweet and almost cloying molassed sugars, chocolate, nice dried and dark fruitiness, some raisins too, almost too much coconut in there. booze. big resinous and grassy have faded a lot (parallel with non-BA version) - for BA treatment i suppose. average carbonation, medium body - sticky, fat and almost cloying. prefered non-BA version even though it is a nice use of barrel.
solidfunk (4493) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Barrel aging doesn’t always improve a beer and I think this is a good example of when it doesn’t happen. Caramelized malt and some hops here. Texture syrupy. Pours dark red with ok head and lacing. Finishes slightly astringent. Very barrel-heavy. Maybe some more time in the bottle would balance this out but seems counter intuitive to age something to take away the excessive barrel-aging. Bottle thanks to Slovaksniper.
emacgee (4147) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by turd. Showing some serious age/oxidation. Pours ruddy brown with no head. Candyish nose with a light bready character. Would have liked it much more fresher.
tkrjukoff (4101) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ MMP. Pours clear deep amber mahogany with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet raisins fidges alcohol malty woody. Flavor is oaky malty sweet pungent fruity some acetone notes great bitterness. Finishes seet bitter and malty, so nice.
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Glouglouburp. Pours a muddy, rusty brown with a medium sized off white head. Solid lacing. Nose shows some mild oxidation, heavy caramel, subdued vanilla, brown sugar, light barrel-like tartness, dark fruits. Its almost quad-like at times. Seems like the aging and barrel have thinned this beer out a bit and made it more drinkable than I remember the un-barreled version being. Flavor is a bit sweeter than the nose, lots of brown sugar and caramel and less dark fruits. Finishes sweet, and lightly metallic. Not a big barley wine fan these days, but this one stands out more than others.
Ernesto987 (3933) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantasic barrel aging, sweet and caramelly with a slight bit of chocolate, I really like it
vtafro (3830) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Glouglouburp, at post NotB tasting. Brown pour. Bourbon, oak, malty caramel, maple, dark fruit vanilla, and some light chocolate, also a bit of warming.
bytemesis (3524) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Gikinji for this bottle! Pours clear ruby hazel, beautiful with a medium tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is light, with notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, cotton candy, bourbon. Flavor is the same, very sugary without being overly sweet, vanilla, light astringence, just a touch of zesty bitterness. Medium body, creamy.
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle... dark brown with a light tan head... nice whopperish malt with some smooth oak, smells pretty good... wow this tastes really good, lots of smooth light bourbon with caramel and oak... this is great
JulienHuxley (3482) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at DDC 12th anniversary. Aroma of fermented cherries, wet wood, molasses. Taste is a little bit better. Very woody, caramelized cherries with a subtle hop backbone. Palate is rich and boozy, not too sticky. I couldn’t wait to taste this one and wad very disapointed, especially with the aroma.