aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toffee coated figs with a nougat center. Mild spice and toasted bred on the palate with soft oak and hops. Mild white pepper mixed with oaky vanilla and spice finish.
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Not really a brown ale anymore in anything other than color. Big, rich, sticky, and sweet, though some toasted characteristics still there. Not very hot for how strong it is! Lots of vanilla and oak, with less brandy, and even less brown ale. Quite good if you dig the barrels."
baraciisch (2186) - California, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at FWIBF 2014... Caramel brown in color... Aroma of sticky caramel... Flavor is caramel, toffee, nuts... Malt forward, enjoyable
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Ratman197 (10538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. aromas of bourbon, oak, cocoa, light caramel and light fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak, caramel, cocoa, light fruitiness and light vanilla with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at DLD 2014. Pour is deep copper/brown with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor of brown sugar, caramel, brandy, milk chocolate, and oak. Finish is oak, sweet chocolate, and spice. Alcohol is well hidden.
Gription79 (2407) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on draft at Barrelworks. I got bourbon, coconut, hot alcohol, big chewy malt sweetness.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was told this is a barleywine infused with Mexican sugar (panela?). It has a medium brown, almost orange-red color, with a beige/light brown head. The aroma is nice and clean, sweet, and slightly roasted (in more of a brown ale kind of way) with moderate alcohol, and a touch of tart, fruity apple/pear-like hop sweetness. Itís very nicely balanced, and I love the idea of a Bravo barleywine with Mexican sugar. The flavor is all the same. Itís very cool and wet in the mouth, the kind of barleywine youíd drink on a hot summer day, with a little fruitiness to liven up the experience. I love itís great, invigorating aroma. Itís so nice. This reminds me a little of Sucaba, but more fruity. Maybe itís the sugar, I donít know. Itís like a wetter, slightly sweeter Abacus. Er, Sucaba. Itís really lovely. Thanks to this beer, Firestone Walker is now officially my favorite brewery.
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2013 On tap, pours a medium brown color with a white head that leaves a really small amount of lacing. Smells of caramel, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Tastes of all the same things in the smell and slighty boozy. Mouthfeel is heavy and oily with light carbonation and a bone bry finish. Overall I thought this was a bit too sweet. Still really good for a barrel aged beer.
peteinSD (1416) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Barrelworks. Dark brown pour with an off-white froth of foam. Aroma is bourbon, oak, coconut, and underlying malt sweetness. Taste is heavy with vanilla, coconut, and bourbon and some bitterness from the alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice barrel aged beer.
wagman (14) - - MAR 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. Tons of coconut, vanilla taste. Huge bourbon flavor. Sweet like brown sugar. Warming alcohol down the throat. Awesome rare beer.
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BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Hazed brown hued body with a tan head. Aromas are grassy, lightly musty, dry, nutty oak, medium caramel, treacle, toasted malt and vanillin/barrel. Flavors are a bit musty, some perceived sweet vanilla, with a moderately dry, tannic and alcoholic finish. Chewy, barrel, medium carbonation.