bytemesis (6946) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2013 thanks to nimbleprop. Pours crystal clear burnt umber, small off-white head, dissipates quickly and quite bubbly. Aroma is oak, toffee, dark fruit. Flavor is fully sweet, toffee, sherry, light plus bitter. Medium body, low carbonation.
GenDV138 (6093) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft sample at Dominion Wine & Beer. 2011 vintage aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. Dark brown with light tan head. Aromas of caramel, butterscotch. Tastes of caramel, toffee, a bit of dark fruit. Medium body with a dry finish. Nicely aged.
4theluvofbeer (115) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber pour with a tan thin head. Sweet malt, caramel oak and vanilla. Lots of bourbon in the flavor ....a really nice barley wine.
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours from the bottle with a murky, opaque, milk-chocolate brown color that is spotted by little bits of floating sediment. There is effectively no head whatsoever other than a thin ring that was generated by a vigorous pour. The aroma is quite mellow but pleasant, with the a combination of sweet whiskey, vanilla, and wood contributed from the barrel-aging dominating anything else. The flavor is again surprisingly mellow, especially for an 11.4% alcohol beer (bottling date says 11/17/06, so must be all that age), but it certainly presents defined characteristics of caramel malts, bourbon, oak, and vanilla again. For as sweet as it tastes and how much carbonation it has lost over time, it’s not terribly syrupy. Rather, it has a solid medium body that allows the flavors to linger appropriately. Overall, if I had to do it over again, I would have tasted this beer a few years ago, but I was glad to try it even if it is over-aged.
DCLawyer (2786) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle dated 4/02/09. Snifter. Dark orange-brown with bare film. A: caramel, toffee malt, some cardboard, honey. T: sweet toffee, bitter old hops, somewhat cloying. Decent, but either past or not yet arrived at peak.
UDBeernut (2688) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
its tough to read, but looks like a 2007 bottle from sloth. pours hazy burnt orange. nose of dark fruit, oak. taste is only slightly oxidized but has many of the notes in the nose with a dull undertone of oak. body is creamy with slight burn on the finish.
Macegan75 (817) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 17Nov2006 that I just got from Matt Capone. Pours a ruby red to slight burnt orange with some head. Nose is caramel, stove top hard candy, vanilla and toffee. first sip is similar but not quite as intense but still plesant. finish is sweet malty and clean with fruity aldehydes.
Changed (462) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy tan into a snifter, small head. Looks like sherry. Aromas are toffee, vanilla and cherry. Taste is wood, bourbon, vanilla, cherry, some toffee, and bitter hoppiness that is muted on the finish. Not nearly as sweet as I was expecting, and the booze is not real pronounced or hot. Hits all the right BW notes, and the oaky vanilla really rounds this one out. My favorite BW so far...
Iphonephan (6252) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a cloudy amber with a thin tan head. Vanilla laced oak aromas dominate the nose. Caramel, more vanilla and toffee blend into a delicious beer. Warming alcohol finish. Nice.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy amber orange, thin wispy ran oil, thinnest ring. Caramel nose and light oxidation, lightly toasty with bit of sugar. Flavor shows caramel and odd citrus, moderate sugar and toast with light pumpernickel, finish bitter cardboard, light caramel. Thin body, bit sticky.