drewbeerme (3808) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
6oz bottle. thanks to odeed for this one. pours brown with no head. nose of bourbon, caramel, port. flavor of bourbon, sour vegetable, toffee. blah.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared by eclectic. Hazy light brown body with no head. The nose is very sweet and vinous with bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel and toffee. The flavor is very sweet with toffee, light oxidation, toffee, golden raisins and alcohol. Full body is soft with light carbonation. Finish is astringent and warm.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 6oz bottle picked up at Ledgerís in Berkeley. Pours a brackish brown navy bean soup and almost no head. The aroma is simply huge to start. It smells like a chocolate rum cake. Wow, amazing aroma. I get creamy toffee, caramel and chocolate. Next I picked up a big ole whiff of alcohol. Thereís also the standard barleywine dark fruitiness coming from prunes and dates. I even smell that a loud truck drove by while they were bottling this bottle. It smells like an uneven unspoken moment of tension. Itís faint but itís there. The flavor does not disappoint after the aroma has set the plate. Smooth and rich with an initial burst of caramel candy. This is gooood. The dark fruitness enters just after with prunes and dates. Then by midway the malt richness returns with toffee, creamy caramel candy and chocolate. There is also an understated woodiness running through the backyard of the flavor experience toting along a splash of booze. It is toasty too. This one really comes together for me.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
6oz bottle, thanks eclectic! Dark brown, with little to no head. Intense bourbon and oak aromas warm into layers of rich dark fruits and notes of vanilla toffee cream. Bold flavors of all the above are well balanced, smooth, and slick from start to finish. Medium to full bodied with pillow soft carbonation. Fantastic brew, but 6oz bottles are absurd. I want at least a 12 oz to sip by the fireplace...
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(6oz bottle, thanks eclectic) Clear dark brown body with no head. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum/raisin, smoke/roast, some chocolate, light Bourbon. Taste is sweet, cherry/chocolate, some alcohol. Sticky full body with no carbonation. Decent sipping beer -- the nip bottle is the right size, as thereís no way you want more in a single sitting.
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 6 oz. nip bottle. Still, tranquil spirit appearance of chestnut brown color. Dirty bourbon barrel in its muddy and moldy wood tones project strongly, carrying weaker tones of toffee cake, raisin, orange infused chocolate and ground cinnamon in a firm and commanding aroma. The pungency of the bourbon presence reveals a bit of the brown sugar and lemon tones common to its own type. Flavor spits out a rough vinegar blast, soaking its acetic, salty oxidized syrup into a dense cinnamon french toast body. Maple syrup, dirty bourbon, dried prune and wood; the subtler tones of the spirit are grievously sterilized by reckless heat, overpowering and brutish. Uncarbonated, full-bodied, and coarse in the mouth; there are 95 proof bourbons that integrate booze with greater skill and tactfulness. Slick, offensive sweetness and salt, with fairly full oxidation ringing out in lengthy finish. Not fully intolerable, just quite difficult; still, itís interesting. Simply too aggressive and altogether crushing in its presentation. Thanks for sharing, Kevin!
Floback (500) - Naples, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a friend who lives out in Cali. Thanks, Squirrel! Pours no head with a smooth, wine-like characteristic and a fat ribbon of dark brown sandwiched between two bands of tan hues. Oily lacing. Strong, sweet aromas of caramel and barrel adhere to my sinuses; I wonít smell anything else for hours. Like the olfactory qualities, this beer is a full frontal assault of flavor in the mouth: big notes of consistent caramel and oak, hint of vinous fruits, malts, and a strong alcoholic presence. Thin carbonation and full-flavored. You couldnít find a tastier experience with a fine cognac. Not the easiest to drink on, but an excellent brew nonetheless.
joet (1990) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 19, 2007
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours flat as a pancake with dulled oxidized color. Apple cider with some pencil eraser, raisins, dates and vinegar. Limp light body. Alcoholic.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 6oz Bottle. Purchased at Hollingshead Deli 4/2007. Still pour, leaving absolutely no head sitting atop a mostly transparent, ruddy cedar bark body. A big port-wine aroma wafts heavily from the glass, saturated with notes of fruity raisin, plum, and brown sugar. A bit boozy, and also develops a bit of a medicinal cherry like character with over contemplation. For the most part, the nose is actually quite nice, showing a tremendous amount of dark fruit character, balanced by some chewy chocolate nougat and drying oak woodiness. Full bodied, completely still mouthfeel with some papery oxidation. Big time fruity sweetness and crushing flavor profile. Over-the-top, but not really unpleasant, although the alcohol is too harsh and biting on the back end. Lots of cherries, raisins, plums, oak, caramel, and a subtle soy sauce character that reminds me a lot of SA Trippelbock, although this is substantially lighter on the palate. The bourbon comes through swinging in the finish, getting a bit brash and abusive. Intensely flavorful, with that great rich fruity character that I loved in the brandy barrel version. This one is just a bit too coarse, and could really use a hint of carbonation to lighten up the palate a bit.
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
6oz bottle, no date. Thanks to Colin (General_Gao) for giving me this one. Clear orange with reddish highlights and about 30 small bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Plenty of bourbon, vanilla, sherry notes up front. Dry oak, some tangy fruit(s), boozy raisins and slightly scorched sweet toffee make up the rest of the aroma. The flavor adds some very nice sweetness up front paired with the vanilla. Still pretty well oxidized. Lots of dry wood next, light cherries, raisins, and lighter toffee. Dry somewhat alcoholic finish that burns a lot less than I thought it would in the swallow. Not really much bitterness considering "This was an extremely hoppy Barleywine. . ." Full body with just the slightest tinge of carbonation. This rocks the apple brandyís face off.