callmemickey (3895) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber body, medium to thin light tan head, sparse lacing. Caramel, oak, vanilla, and bourbon all show relatively equal intensity. Medium to full bodied with slick carbonation, moderate sweetness, and just the slightest boozy feel.
zathrus13 (1741) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours orange brown, with a white head. Aroma is fruit, citrusy hops, toffee, and alcohol. Flavor is citrus, toffee, vanilla, and a little wood. Not really getting much bourbon.
drowland (7111) - Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3/28/14. 12oz bottle in a Free Beer Week box thanks to dfhhead! Man, he sent me some cool and new beers! Lightly hazy red amber pour with a small khaki head that fades with time and doesn’t lace a ton throughout the glass. Boozy aroma, reminds me of vodka in a way, some barrel, plenty of oak, some sweet fruits. Sweet flavor, dark fruits and brown sugar, more wood, booziness, touches of vanilla and coconut. Not bad.
alexsdad06 (7462) - Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a clear amber color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel malts, dark fruit, bourbon, wood, hints of spice, vanilla and some booze. Overall, I like this and would revisit with some age.
Earlier Rating: 11/30/2013 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle shared by someone at Natifest. Pours a clear caramel/amber color with a small off white film. The aroma and flavor have caramel, bourbon, vanilla, woody, light resiny hops, dark fruits with mild bitterness to the finish. This does show the abv a bit, but the alcohol serves mostly as a warming component.
DrSilverworm (9107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Hazy red orange color, mostly clear. Thin off-white head. Dots of lace. Wood, and fuel in the nose. Good vanilla, dark fruit, desert like flavors. Some big earthy hop. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet, more dry. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Finishes more dry. Tasty, complex, but strong-tasting bareywine. I wonder if this would do better with a year on it? Right now, it’s tasting a little hot and hoppy.
Earlier Rating: 8/10/2013 Total Score: 3.7
Taster from a bottle shared at Natifest 2013. Mostly clear orange amberc olor. Thin off-white head. Couple loose dots of lace. Moderate bitter taste. Bigger caramel, some chocolate. Very light spice. Good, dark tasting barrel aged barleywine.
b3shine (7133) - Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter (shared with the group; thanks sloth). Looks good for the style; a slightly hazy caramel with thin eggshell lacing. Smells solid; semi-sweet and malty with notes of oak. Tastes like it smells with notes of bourbon and vanilla. Solid on the palate; a little boozy though. Enjoyable.
duganc (19) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I quite enjoyed this barley wine. I am on a bw kick these days and found this to be particularly good
arojewski (51) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The hints of bourbon from the barrel process don’t help mask the high ABV, but add a unique flavor. It’s nearly a bourbon Boilermaker in a bottle. Nice aging process for a barleywine.
lamas (1494) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bottled: 02/14/14. A slightly hazy ruby pour with a thin antique white head. Bourbon, charred oak, plums, vanilla extract, dates, dark cherries, and caramel in the aroma. Goes down medium-bodied, fairly smooth, and just a tad syrupy. Caramel, dates, and plums dominate the initial taste. Vanilla follows. A burnt oaky woodsiness finishes things off. Some citrus and spices here and there. There is a boozy bourbon quality present from beginning to end.
Earlier Rating: 4/28/2013 Total Score: 3.5
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.
StoutDr (48) - Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is really sweet. Appearance is cloudy copper. Sweet smooth barley. Light on palate.