jredmond (5458) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2014, sampled as "Old Conundrum on Wood" I believe. Pours a deep brown body with thin, tan spotty lacing. Aroma is maple, molasses, chocolate, oak and vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium to full with notes of rich vanilla, maple, oak and bourbon.
slowrunner77 (5944) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
mine had 12 yo elijah craig barrels...
"A sizeable improvement on the "pretty good" base barleywine. Takes all the rough edges off that beer and makes for a decadent treat. Maaaaybe slightly overbarreled, but in this case it really works. Vanilla, oak and bourbon slightly dominate the malt and spicy hops of the base. *I found a 3/1 barrel to non-barrel blend was near perfect."
bhensonb (11251) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the brewpub. Aroma is brown sugar. Full bodied, or nearly. Flavor is brown sugar with definite whiskey notes. Not getting much oak, and not sure I can differentiate the brandy. Alcohol is arguably present. It’s a bit earthy, and heading to dry in the finish. Doesn’t get there tho. Maybe it’s a bit bitter. Very nice.
baraciisch (1917) - USA - JAN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep reddish mahogany in color... Aroma of caramel, toffee, whiskey, vanilla... Flavor is rich caramel, with prevalent notes of brandy whiskey, vanilla and a spicy kick on the finish... Delicious
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
drsordr (1115) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at brewpub. Pour hazy brown. Clean malt and toffee nose. Taste very woody and whiskey up front. Malty mid palate. Fairly strong alcohol finish. I tried to like it, but just couldn’t. The barrel treatment overpowered the base beer in my opinion. .
alexsdad06 (5556) - Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Snifter at Fifty Fifty. Pours a hazy dark amber /copper color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma has caramel malts, wood, spicy rye notes with some alcohol. The flavor has everything from the nose with someeearthy qualities and bitterness to the finish. Interesting take on the barley wine.
Gription79 (2282) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on draft at the brewery. This was aged in a rye barrel. Spearmint, oily, very fruity, vanilla, alcohol warmth, caramel, sweeter then the base, very malty and rich, viscous mouth feel. A great barrel aged beer, I did enjoy the base beer a little more.
cpetrone84 (1447) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pour is a rustic orange with a tight tan head. The nose has the overly sweet note I get often from brandy aged beers. Almost like a sweet magic marker but I don’t believe it to be acetone. Light chocolate notes and sweet muddled malts. Cherry and berry notes in back add some pleasantry. The taste is similar but the marker isn’t really present. Still a touch sweet brandy on a sweet beer with berries and light chocolate undertones. The body is very drinkable, full but not heavy and a nice Assertivve carb. There is some alcohol heat in the finish but not overwhelming by any stretch. Not horrible but overly sweet and brandy isn’t my favorite barrel aging apparatus as I find it makes the beer cloying.
JoePeesie (865) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
FoBAB 11’ Pours a dark ruby to black with off white head. Nose and taste are sweet, boozy, malty. Interesting beer, makes me want to try more of their offerings. BA is well done on this and beer is very balanced.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at FOBAB, 2011. A nice, thick, deep cream head, and an opaque, dark crimson body. The aroma is well balanced and filled with roasted malts, fruity cherries, rich malty whisky, mixed spicy herbals, fruity citrus hops, and and a brandy note that plays quite with the scheme of things. It’s really hard not to love this nose. The feel is strong, rich, malty, and fruity. These fruits, along with herbal wine, and whisky almost muddle together, but somehow each finds a way to hold on to their own identities. Also, vanilla, spices, creamy caramels, and rye toast. I seem to pick up something new with every sip. So many interesting things hit you at once. It lingers with a roasty, spicy herbal. The more i sipped on this, the more I liked. This was big BA barelywine done very well. Great stuff!