ADfan (852) - 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.
sailracer (486) - 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.
Rando7 (778) - 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.
reggiedunlop (3649) - 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.
vtafro (6553) - 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.
high_on_hops (809) - 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 (1327) - 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 (800) - 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, thereís notes of vanilla, bourbon and caramelized sugars. The body is slightly syrupy with soft carbonation and a dry, oaky booze burn finish. Overall, itís a tad sweet and hot but offers up enough oak aged complexity to balance things out.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very hazy, dark amber/copper color with dark orange edges and a one finger yellowish-beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of lacing left behind.
The aroma of this beer is dominated by a really strong barrel presence that never becomes one dimensional or overly boozy. Thereís a delicate, spicy bourbon character but the toasted oak, vanilla and coconut notes really stand out. The barrel seems to be nicely integrated into the base with some caramel malt, toffee and hazelnut. The American oak addition seems to tone down the bourbon, adding a woody toothpick presence. To be honest, Iím not picking up much of a hop presence but the nose of this beer is still complex and very inviting.
Medium bodied with a sweet, spicy bourbon barrel presence thatís nicely integrated into the flavors of the base beer. The barrel is really stong up front dominating the flavor but the virgin oak counters the bourbon character really well. Dry toasted oak/earthy wood along with silky vanilla and toasted coconut flavors tone down the spicy bourbon heat but thereís still plenty of sweet spirit flavor. Again, Iím not picking up much hop bitterness but thereís a substantial malt backbone underneath the strong barrel flavors. Sweet caramel malt along with toffee, nut, bread, biscuit and subtle light fruit notes. At first thereís some strong warmth/alcohol heat in the finish but once the palate adjust, the high ABV is decently masked, making this complex sipper easier to drink than expected.
andyburnette (26) - - SEP 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Tasted in bottle in mid September in Baltimore. Has lively end of year holiday overtones...especially at 12%! Lots o vanilla ala holiday cookies, marzipan (almond paste) from German pastries spicy from oak and sweet caramel loveliness. Will put away some bottles for holiday cheer!