vtafro (3795) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Amber brown pour with tan head. Malty, woody, bourbon and vanilla aromas. Flavor is very bourbon heavy some wood and malty tones. Should have drank this a bit colder.
Rando7 (750) - Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours medium brown with thin but persistent white dead. Aroma lots of caramel. Taste sweet malts, caramel and toffee. Nice full palate with alcohol burn. Finish slight dullness and booze. Did not get a bourbon flavor. Alcohol very apparent.
Good barley wine that packs a punch.
high_on_hops (671) - Burlingame, California, USA - SEP 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark golden-amber with an off-white head and lacing. The aroma has lots of caramel malts, toffee, and a great vanilla bean note. The flavor is malt, vanilla, and toffee up front, with a great bourbon finish.
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dinkle50 (1025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish pour with a small head. Aroma of sugar with a full mouth. Very sweet. Taste of amaretto and hazelnut liquer. Aroma is full on vanilla and oak. Very sweet.
CampesinoTino (781) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a solid mahogany and amber color with a thin crown of beige foam. The nose is dominated by vanilla, caramel, coconut and toasted oak characteristics. The taste starts out with lots of toffee, brown sugar, candied date and caramel malt flavors. From the oak, there’s notes of vanilla, bourbon and caramelized sugars. The body is slightly syrupy with soft carbonation and a dry, oaky booze burn finish. Overall, it’s a tad sweet and hot but offers up enough oak aged complexity to balance things out.
reggiedunlop (3217) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque amber with a thin lt tan head. Aroma has earthy/oaky notes, mild hoppy bitterness, and light toasty caramel. Flavor has nice caramel and raisin, vanilla, earthy oak, some candied fruit, and smooth bourbon. Mouthfeel is full, a bit syrupy with a warm candied fruit/bourbon finish.
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-amber with small off white head, some particulate matter. Aroma dark sugars, faint hops, malt. Full body, alcohol pretty hard to detect. A creamy feel overall. Flavor slightly sweet and bourbon-like at first, then a little oak, then ends with a kind of dull ESB-like bitterness. Nice.
thornecb (4532) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to mottle surface. Sweet caramel and oak aromas. Thick with sweet toffee upfront turning hot before the lasting tropical fruit, oak and resin finish.
sailracer (412) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours a beige color with a small but firm head. Very sweet taste. So sweet it hides a lot of the barrel flavors. Very strong as well with apparent alcohol burn. I did occasionally pick up some bourbon and oak flavors, though not with every sip.
ADfan (616) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the glass it a honey brown color with a small head. On the nose there is some candy maybe some caramel and toffee. Also a little spice. Taste is unique. Starts off with some raisins an plums. After that there is some sweet malts and a little spice. The oak helps give it a brandy like quality. Good beer.