Ratman197 (8484) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a cloudy dark brown with orange highlights and no head. Aromas of prune, plum, toffee, vanilla, light bourbon, alcohol and a hint of oak. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, dark fruit, carmel, light bourbon, light vanilla and a hint of oak with a lingering warming fruity finish.
kramer (4359) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tiny 6 oz bottle, via somebody out in CA. Pours a clear dark garnet body with just a loose collection of thin large bubbles that cling to the edge of the snifter. The nose reeks of oxidation from 2 feet away. Very heavy with some spicy bourbon and alcohol. Some soy, smoke, yeast, burnt toffee, and caramel. Flavor is bourbon laced soy sauce with some oak tannins, heavy alcohol, and some smoky malt on the finish. Alot of dark fruits lingering about, but the oxidation all but covers it up. Mouthfeel is full bodied and rather thick with zero carbonation. Very warming on the finish. Overall, I just can’t get into these Drakes BA beers. They’re just too oxidized and reminiscent of soy sauce.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 bottle....appearace: deadened darkened chocolate brown. showing no signs of life whatsoever. head = none....aroma: overly sweetened dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. a little overwhelming at first but it settle downs.....taste: much to that of the aroma with a boozy finish. more brown sugar and maple as well. it could use a little more carbonation as there really wasn’t any but that could be attributed to the aging. finish left a slight sour note....nice ba barleywine and better than the 3.7 overall rating imo.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy Ibrew2or3. Thanks Dave. Dark red/brown body with no head, of course. Nose of bourbon - again, very hot and not well hidden - chocolate, toffee, vanilla bean, tropical fruits and dark malts. It’s a shame the alcohol isn’t better masked, this has 10 aroma potential. Flavor is very good as well, following up on the promises made by the aroma. Chocolate is very pronounced in this one, along with wonderful fruit sweetness. Alcohol is a bit more manageable in the flavor, but still quite hot. Very vinous mouthfeel, super smooth and full palate. Finish is lengthy, sweet and woody. Fantastic BW!
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up at the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA...
Appears a dark mahogany with a light tan head that quickly fades into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, molasses, and ripe fruit.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sugary, complex flavor that entices the tastebuds.
Mouthfeel is dirty, boozy, clay & earth resonating, meaty, sugary, and full bodied.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009
Name: Barleywine, Bourbon Barrel
Date: March 18, 2007
Appearance: muddy brown, scant head
Aroma: sweet bourbon aroma with a blend of chocolate and sweet vanilla, a touch of ripe fruit, light alcohol
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor balanced by lots of bourbon, vanilla sweetness, lingering earthy bitterness
Name: Barleywine, Bourbon Barrel
Date: March 27, 2009
Appearance: clear brown, scant head, legs
Aroma: caramal and bourbon aroma is drying out
Flavor: flavor is still rich with the bourbon and dark caramel, vanilla sweetness is drying out
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by DYC - thanks. Mahoghany brown. Aroma of aged malt, oak and some fattiness/light cheesiness. Also some raisin and molasses notes. Quite sweet, hot, lightly sour flavor with some berry fruitiness. Very little bitterness (long since faded, I suspect), more big vanilla/oak touches, coconut; thick and warming alcoholic finish.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6 ounce bottle purchased from Monument Wine and Liquors. Pleasant bourbon aroma with some fruity, vinous notes present. I also smell saltine crackers in the aroma. Relatively aggressive aroma that is rather pleasant. Mostly hazy cola colored body with a very small off-white head that is quickly dissipating. Large amounts of bourbon flavor hit you to start. This is followed by a tart, strawberry-like flavoring. Turns rich, chocolatey, and mildly oxidized with some sweet cardboard/caramel flavors. This fits my preferences nicely. Probably the best beer I had all weekend.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
6oz bottle from trade with kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Pours a muddy brown color with no head. Aroma of fermented fruit, bourbon and oak. Taste of malt, vanilla, plums, figs, and bourbon. Flavor is complex and warming. Has a slight bitter hop taste folded in but manages to have a semi sweet flavor in the finish. A very good barrel aged barleywine that hides the alcohol nicely.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nip sized bottles (good thing we had a couple of these to share). Poured a dark and muddy brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, wood, and tobacco. Tastes of bourbon, caramel, wood, dark cherries, brown sugar, and vanilla. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.