bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream colored head. Bourbon and malt aroma. Cocoa, bourbon, malt, and light coffee flavor. Medium bodied. Cocoa, bourbon, and malt lingers.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Toronado for Barleywine fest ’09. Brown color with a tan head. Malty aroma with Jack Daniels in your face. More JD in your face on the flavor with malt, wood, and some citrus. Fairly average mouthfeel for a barleywine.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at FoBAB. Poured medium cola brown with a nice cap of beige head. The aroma picked up deeper aged caramel and lesser chocolates with toasted oak and a bit of vanilla around.. sweet overall and quite enticing. The flavor was a few steps back.. darker malts at the core (chocolate and caramel) with more abrasive barrel influence (sour oak and bourbon).. spicy oak and peppery notes at the finish.. didn’t do it for me. Heavier-bodied on the palate with low carbonation.. decent flow at best.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
10th rating, lets make this official. Tap at Strong Ale 2008. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose i sfunky, big with some whiskey. Taste is malty, tart, funky weird.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the 2008 Strong Ale Festival. Poured a dark brown color with red edges and a small sized off white head. Aromas of wood, oaky, bourbon, citrus, and fruity. Tastes of lighter wood, bourbon, fruity, and citrus. Some coffee and oats in the tastes too.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap the 2008 Strong Ale Festival. Dark amber. Frothy tan head. Nice buttery oakaged barrel aroma. Strong taste. Some alcohol. Sweet, but not the easiest to drink, but still good.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark brown with a fairly dark tan head. The nose is sweet dried fruit, malt and alcohol. The flavor is a bit more full, and quite enjoyable with those influences and the alcohol present but not overpowering. Pay no attention to kmweaver rating. He was hammered. He could not even write his own notes.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Festival on 11/15/2008. This ASA pours a medium brown color from the tap. Small sized head. The aroma is fruity, chocolate with a hint of bourbon and wood. A medium bodied ASA. The malts are chocolate and fruity. Touch of oak and some bourbon sweetness. The hops are earthy and a touch grapefruity. Nice balance. Kind of a weird blend of beer styles, and I am not totally sure it works, but it tastes good. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ Bistro BA Fest. Pours an oily, dark brown color; slightly viscous; thin, light-tan head. Solid amounts of bourbon, liqueur, and brown sugar in the aroma; slightly warming alcohol; generous, if a touch messy. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: somewhat rougher than the aroma suggests; caramel, dried dark fruits, and plenty of warming alcohol; again, slightly astringent and solid alcohol; muddled. Lengthy finish of bourbon, dried dark fruits, and sweet caramel; on the sweet side; untempered throughout.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Dark brown, chocolate, coffee, wood, vanilla, dark fruit, light hop.