Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled July 22 2004. Aroma is much like the non barrel aged version. Honeycomb, alcohol, caramel, but with more caramel, and more refined/smooth. Very sweet, scotch like dry mouthfeel. Nice warming, with honey and dry bourbon feel and heavily malted. The bottled is painted black???
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle reads july 23 2004)thanks to enniskillen for helping me with this side by side review.this version poured the same color and head as the reg. specialty brew.although the first thing that made my eyes light up was the fact that the aroma was alot more balanced.i got a small hint of grapefruit,along with some malts,and the wonderful "oak" scent.as for the flavor???again,alot more balanced and rounded out.all the same flavors of the reg.,with the oak adding some smoothness to the palate.it seems as if oak aging really helps a barley wine in the long run.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oak, vanilla, oranges and alcohol with a strong herbal/minty character in the aroma. Hazy but not opaque with thin but lasting ring of head. Stronger alcohol component than the non-barrel-aged edition. Orange, oak, vanilla, strong malty, marzipan flavours. Medium-full body with fair carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier and Rastacouere. Thanks, hopscotch!
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel colored. Light white cover. Overwhelming minty bourbon barrel smell. Toothpaste and clover smell, smooth alcohol, soothing earthiness. It smells precisely what I expect from WELL made bourbon aged barleywine. This might be the standard. Its palate is oily, medium bodied and displaying low carbonation. That’s a big plus, the barrel didn’t thin it like I’ve often encountered. Pleasant caramel and orange flavors. Light bitterness comes out leafy and earthy. Amusing vinous grapes make an appearance right before the finish and add a dimension. Good stuff! Props to Hopscotch for bringing this one up!
MartinT (7321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(July 2004 bottle; Thanks Eric!!)
Earthy maple syrup, caramel and vanilla engulf a few round cherries. Spicy alcohol fumes blend admirably well with some dessert herbs.
Lip-smacking maple syrup/sherry sweetness carrying some of the bark it was extracted from. An alcohol splash cools down the heavy yet well-balanced hops, as caramel and oranges give it a more traditional barley wine signature. A great barrel-aging job.
In respect and amazement, a patient woodsman keenly notices his slowly emerging target. Its going to make a splendid photograph.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clearish orange body, thin light cream head. Aroma of candy, light fruit, caramel, and sharp alcohol notes. Very thin-bodied with big alcohol flavors, strong oak and vanilla, light fruits and sharp, sweet caramel and brown sugars. The alcohol seemed unduly harsh. Perhaps this suffers a bit in my rating because it was sampled right after trying Alesmith BA Old Numbskull. Still a decent barleywine despite its flaws. Thanks Ben (Brodie) and Beth (BelgianGirl) for the sample!
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma seemed mild to me, nothing really stood out. I liked the caramel color. The taste was sweet and malty. I am partial to any ODB beer because the brewery is in my hometown!!
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly hazy amberous color. No head. Aroma is woody, with notes of darker fruits and nuts. Flavor is wonderful, floral and woody, sweet malt dominating the profile. Undertones of the wood and hops. Picking this one apart any further is beyond my palate. Great tasting brew. Thanks to Jeffin7 for this tasty brew.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is alcoholic with hints of oak and vanilla. Dark golden brown. Very smooth mouthfeel. Not overly sweet at all. Huge alcohol taste. Tastes of dark fruits, with vanilla and possibly oak also. Drinks easily for such high alcohol.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light chestnut. The oak is clearly evident in the aroma, and the bourbon barrel aging, which I am usually not very fond of, actually works very well in the aroma giving hint of cocunut, vanilla, wood, honey, whiskey and malty goodness (caramel). Well hidden alcohol with a distinctive oaky dryness and well developed oak flavor giving hints of vanilla, cocunut, whiskey and bourbon, along with with the malt which tastes fruity and full. Nice feel on the palate. A very good beer.