crossovert (4596) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, recent vintage. Thin, oxidized booze smell. Flavor is sweet, malt and booze. Nto great.
kimjongill (180) - - MAY 9, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark orange/ruby pour into snifter with thin white head - this is a noteably beautiful beer. Aroma of fruit/malt/bourbon. Taste is much of the same, but the beer has a bit of an off-bite or edge, but I would suspect that a year or so of aging could solve that issue entirely. Otherwise a very solid bourbon barrel aged barleywine. Itís in the same league as Central Waters, but falls a bit short of the Victory Oak Horizontal or Sucaba.
italianjohn (2031) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber pour with thin to no off white head.... aroma of vanilla, caramel malts, sugary and dark fruits .... taste is of light dry oak, vanilla, caramelized sugars, dark fruits, lightly bitter hops and lightly boozy .... very malty and medium bodied pretty rich .... finish is light bitter with a lingering vanilla and malt .... abv hidden well
lamas (1201) - Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. 2012 vintage. There is no mention of Heaven Hill on the label. Pours a clear ruby color with a smallish beige head. Grapefruits, caramel, bourbon, an oaky woodsiness, plums, and vanilla extract feature strongly in the aroma. Goes down medium-bodied and slightly syrupy. Quite sweet upfront in the taste with plenty of caramel and overly ripe plums. Brown sugar. Lots of creamy vanilla and a little shortbread in the middle. Boozy flavors. A charred oaky woodsy presence and a touch of citrus at the end. A good dose of warming alcohol and a cloying sweetness throughout. Nicely done, just WAY too sweet for my taste.
Leighton (6989) - London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Intuition during RBWG 2013. Pours clear gold with a fine, white cream head. Sweet malt nose with honey, vanilla and caramel. Big sweet flavor, sugary, boozy, lots of bread, mild oxidation. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish, light dry and ripe fruits, sweet bready malts. NIce stuff overall.
markwise (3807) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at RBWG. Pours a hazy stout brown with an off-white head. Nose is bourbon, some cardboard, prunes, dark fruit, and some booze. Flavor follows the nose with some roast, some cardboard, some dark fruit, and some booze. Medium in body.
Ratman197 (7633) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber 2011 vintage courtesy of Beerand Blues2 (thanks Brad!) poured a clear reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of bourbon, toffee, plum, raisin, light carmel and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, carmel, toffee, light plum and light oak with a smooth lingering carmel finish.
nimbleprop (3005) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle pours a hazy, caramel amber with some clump, white head. Nose is nice, lightly oxidized, oranges, caramel, a little vanilla. Flavor is well blended, sweet, caramel, vanilla, malt, biscuit. Mellow finish.
AxlLives (230) - Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle - 2012 vintage. Pours clear, crimson gold with thin, diminishing tan-white head. Big aromas of toasty vanilla, sweet oak, oranges, caramel, and maple goodness. Thick bouquet. Taste is all orangey whiskey, good vanilla and bourbon notes, well-balanced with hint of burn in the middle. Medium-full bodied, touch sticky, but nice dry finish. Finishes with distinct whiskey note. Well done, nice warmer. Not over the top, but delicious.
SudsMcDuff (4710) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle floating around Intuition or on the bus .. . pours a deep brown .. mild foam .. . bourbon, charcoal, and toasted grain .. . smacky mouth feel .. . a very nice barreled beer .. . . i hate dropping my cigar and spilling my coffee on the stairs, fuckin stupid slippers!!