rxeight (1605) - Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft sample @ Fobab. All I can say is wow. This stuff exceeded my expectations and blew me away. You can definately taste the BC rare deep in there. Incredibly smooth. Possibly the smoothest bourbon beer I’ve ever had.
dmac (4336) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Kane. Poured with the appearance of a nice cognac, super thick and syrupy brown with no carbonation what so ever. Aroma was complex with the usual suspects for a big BW, caramel, toffee, molassess, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light char along with a touch of butter and some straight up alcohol. Syrupy body with very noticable heat and no carbonation. I found the flavor a bit smoother than the aroma with no butter and although the alcohol was there it wasn’t as strong as it was in the aroma. Great beer I’m glad I was in the right place at the right time to try.
Maarten1993 (413) - - JAN 10, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drank at the magnificent BCBS tasting in Bodegraven 10/1/2015. Like the Barleywine but a lot richer. Very nice beer. Lots of tastes.
jmgreenuk (5225) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the De Molen Bourbon County tasting, Jan 2015. Poured a clear dark brown with a reddish hue. The aroma is rich sweet malt, light molasses. The flavour is moderate sweet, light bitter with a big rich malty, alcoholic bitter palate and a rich oily mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Beerdedone (2786) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours dark caramel brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, and toffee. Flavor is rich and complex with caramel, raisins, bourbon barrel, vanilla, oak, toffee, and dark fruit. Sticky texture, full body, nice warming finish. A world class barleywine.
artmcd8 (1902) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared big thanks to charule. Pours a dark caramel brown without any head. Aromas of bourbon, light vanilla, candied dark fruits. Drank this side by side with one year old BCBBW and they are pretty much the same beer. Little difference if any between them. Pretty smooth with a light bourbon heat.
charule (1393) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Chicago trade. Poured deep dark brown minimizing beige head. Aroma light caramel dark fruits apples. Light carb med bod. Sweet dark fruity boozy bourbon.
JBPortland (1001) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle pours dark chesnut brown with small head. Nose is deep rich dark fruit, lots of bourbony raisin and plum with touches of sweet malt bread undertones, enveloping. Taste is soft and chewy on the palate, layered caramel, boozy maple, soft bread, plum, raisin, tootsie roll, some light sweetness, bourbon spice, oak. Finish is lingering semi sweet dark fruit, caramel, bourbon, wood, complex. Wonderful, a treat to drink.
slowrunner77 (6278) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
"this dark ruby hued brew went head to head with Firestone Walker Abacus and lived to tell the tale. Abacus held a slight edge only at first due to the aroma but man oh man did this beer open up nicely. two of the best barleywines i;ve ever had. this one manages to taste sticky sweet without actually being sticky sweet. as smooth as a beer can be at over 13%. fruity esters, malty, no real hop presence, and a distinct bourbon (pappy 23!) aroma and flavor, with a little kick of sweet and spice at the end that puts this one over the top in the head to head. they are both elite brews for sure. this has a complexity that defies beleife and will go down (maybe forever if they don’t ever redo it) as the best barleywine ever. i can see myself bumping this up a point if the next bottle is as good as the first!
trevor211 (1369) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to the Goose Island crew for passing tastes of this around at Brouwer’s for Migration Week. Never thought I’d try it. Nice brown barley wine. Very, very sweet nose. Brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cookie dough... sweet Jesus. Flavor follows, adding raisins and a hint of that lovely lovely bourbon, but there’s a hint of some oxidation about midway through. Goes on to finish beautifully. Matt was right; this is just a bit past its prime.
mattkorsgaard (24) - Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour at brouwers. Dark brown color. Light carbonation. Subtle whiskey aroma. Flavor is sickly sweet with modest whiskey flavor. Potentially past its prime. Great beer nonetheless.