Dr_Fellini (772) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a murky amber light brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is heavy caramel malts, molasses, light bourbon, oak, vanilla. Flavor packs a bit more of the bourbon characteristics, sweet molasses, oak, vanilla. Medium body with a nice warmth to it. Lingering bourbon and vanilla. Definitely one of the better offerings from DuClaw.
Heather_B (25) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smells like a citrusy barleywine. Looks like a pretty amber. And then you taste it. My god, this stuff isnít good. Smelling like citrus and alcohol? Sounds good. Tasting that way? My god, never again.
AdamJackson (3432) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt brown appearance, Ithink this is the latest batch. 12oz split 2 ways in stemware @ cellar temp. has a caramel burnt malt nose with a touch of whiskey and oak. very sweet, smoke, oak, sweet brown sugar. some shoe polish and rough bitterness at the finish. Good but not mind blowing.
Fritz123 (1274) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a recent trade. Poured into my snifter at home. Dark brown, opaque pour with a mild head. No lacing. Aroma is sweet prunes, toffee, caramel, mild spices, rum barrel, raisins. The taste was a little less complex than expected with prunes, plums, brown sugar, barrel, vanilla, and some spices coming forward. Not boozy. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation. Finish is smooth and barrel. Not bad, but not my favorite.
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014-08-16. Hazy dark orange body with a modest beige head. 3+ Aroma is relatively mild, light bourbon caramel malt. 7+ Flavour is sweetly malty, lightly bourbony. Dryish alcohol in the finish. Average bodied palate, soft carbonation. Decent, I suspect it would benefit from a longer more contemplative visit than I gave it today unfortunately. Bottle at Campground Brewdown, as Bourbon Barrel Aged Devilís Milk
adrian910ss (2412) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Sloth. Pours a rusty amber with a medium light beige head. Aroma of charred oak, bourbon, caramelized sugar and vanilla. Taste of charred oak, caramel, caramelized sugar, bourbon and vanilla. Nice stuff.
SpringsLicker (3236) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This Barleywine pours an oily medium brown with a minimal off-white head.
Complex aroma that is malt forward with dark fruits, caramel, booze.
The flavor follows the aroma. Sweet, mildly complex.
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
logging this in from untappd to synchronize all my beers into rate beer for better statistics.
Darkmagus82 (1954) - - JUL 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on tap in a chalice glass
Appearance Ė The beer is served a golden amber color with a billowy white head of one finger height. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell Ė Just like its non-barrel aged brother (Devilís milk) the aroma of the beer is heavy of sweeter aromas of caramel and toffee. Mixed with these smells are some aromas a lightly floral and earthy nature, but these are rather light overall. Some oaky and woody flavors as well as a moderately strong dark fruit aroma of cherry and fig are there mixing with a bit of a boozy smell nicely, creating a rather warming smell overall.
Taste Ė The taste begins, just as the Devilís Milk does, with a very sweet and malty taste with plenty of caramel and toffee sweetness matched with a good showing of a bready nature. As the flavor advances some of the fruit flavors that were detected in the nose come to the tongue with some cherry hitting the tongue. Here is where it diverges slightly from the Devilís Milk, with some flavors of oak and wood coming to the tongue. Again however sweeter tastes later come, with a good lot of candied sugar and a bit of some lighter fruit flavors of orange and pear. A bit of hop flavors also come to the tongue; consisting mainly of a floral and citrus nature. Some more boozy and oaky flavors joint the flavor profile in the end and with a light earthy flavor coming to the tongue, leaving one with a rather sweet and lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The beer was average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average to lightly below average. The lower carbonation is very appropriate for the sweet flavors of the brew, but a slightly thicker body may have accentuated the wood/oak flavors of the brew better.
Overall Ė Very Similar to Devilís Milk in nature; just with some hints of wood and oak and maybe a hint more of booze. If choosing between this and Devilís milk and this and if they are at the same price, then choose this, but if you have to spend much more, save your money and just go with the Devilís as they are not all that much different.
kramer (5348) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber body under a small fizzy off-white head that faded to a wispy partial covering. The nose is slightly sweet, but itís much more dominated by the oakiness than anything. Itís a very raw and fresh smelling oakiness. Some nice toffee and brown sugar maltiness as well though. Minimal to no alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is quite sweet though, lots and lots of brown sugar and burnt caramel with a heavy raw oakiness. Some moderate alcohol heat on the back end, but not horrible given the huge ABV on this guy. Full bodied and rather sticky and chewy with soft fizzy carbonation. Interesting beer.