Treebs (733) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
500 ml C&C bottle served in a Founders tulip. 2009 Cellar Reserve.
A: Pours a semi translucent deep brown and ruby combination with a light tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring. No real lace left down the glass, but there are some nice legs.
S: This smells incredible. It is barrel forward with some charred oak, smooth bourbon, and semi-sweet caramel. Dark fruits, mostly raisin, but a touch of fig newton is also present. As it warms more of the bourbon comes out in the nose with a touch of alcohol.
T: Lots of great flavors going on. Definite oak character with some bourbon, residual vanilla and a definite caramel sweetness. Toffee with some fig and sweet malts. There is a slight nutty quality to it as well and it blends with the overall sweetness nicely. There is some definite heat hitting the back of the throat, but itís a subtle warming which is very nice.
M: Medium to full bodied with a medium/low carbonation level. A touch of warming down throat greets each sip.
O: This is a great sipper. I smelled this forever before I finally took a drink. I enjoyed this one immensely and it is definitely in the top five old ales Iíve ever had. The barrel is nicely integrated and helps create another layer of flavor that definitely compliments the base beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-22-2012
Iphonephan (1228) - Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle at the mark dine and tap in south bend IN. Vintage 2009. Pours a hazy dark brown with a thin, quickly disappearing head. Sweet caramel aroma. Complex nutty flavor with muted sweet caramel and candy sugar. Warming alcohol finish. A really exceptional barley wine.
fonefan (29292) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 375ml. @ Tasting by Benzai [ ZZT V ].
Clear medium to dark red brown colour with virtually none head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, malty, alcohol - bourbon, licorice - laber larver, plum. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, vintage - wood, bourbon - laber laver, alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. 
jcartamdg (1144) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pius a deep golden orange. Aroma of oak, bourbon and vanilla. Taste is bourbon and vanilla, very smooth very tasty.
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PhillyCraft (1975) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ceramic bottle compliments of Joe, this beer is freaking great! Pours deep brown with medium creamy head and not much lacing. Aromas and flavor of heavy, buttery bourbon. Smaller notes of dark fruit, smooth malt, vanilla, and tons of rich wood. Medium to fuller body. Heat was restrained. This is right on par with Angels Share. Top Notch
beernovice39 (2778) - Montana, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle of 2009 for #2700. Hazy dark amber with a tan head. Scent is sweet malts, wood and booze. Taste is sweet, real sweet, with bourbon, caramel and wood.
BEENJAMIN (55) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2009 vintage. The complexity is insane. Vanilla, maple, walnut, waffles, caramel, with an incredibly soft yet warming mouth feel. One of the best beers Iíve ever had.
Alphadelic (1630) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 19/20
2009 on 2/3/13 - still brandy looks. Amazing walnut, ice cream cone, vanilla nose. Tawny port city, a little tongue numbness, sweet tea, waffles, sugar, heat.
BeerandBlues2 (7418) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Bottle. Pours lightly murky brown with a small, fizzy light tan head, mostly clings and dissipates to the edges, short retention with no particular lacing. Aroma is lightly oxidized caramel and cookie malt, some cork/paper notes with light sherry aromas floating about, brown sugar, dates, figs, plums, fresh oak, vanilla, and bourbon with spicy hops. Flavor is sweet malt with oak, dark fruity esters, vanilla, bourbon, spicy alcohol with light hops and bitterness and a sweet yet drying finish. Full body and medium-light carbonation.
BLuke01 (32) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black with a decent caramel head developing. Head dissipates quickly to a small ring collecting around the glass. Big vanilla and toffee up front in the aroma with hints of homemade caramel. Tastes of vanilla cocoa with undertones of bourbon shining through. Very clean beer with minimal residual flavor lasting too long on the palate. Over all the is a top notch barrel aged stout.
ansjelaah (447) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gedronken tijdens ZztV, bruin helder, beige schuim, ruikt naar barrel aged, beetje fruitig, zoet,