DocLock (8940) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Boxed Grey-waxed bomber from Capone’s. Pours chill hazy deep caramel with dark straw bottom edge and 2-fingers of fluffy well-retained off-white head. Nose is rich oaky toffee, bourbony spirits, honey, hos, fruit. Tastes very oaky, dry, bourbony, with hops, toffee, caramelly malt, and more spirity bourbon as it warms, getting a profile a lot like single malt bourbon on the rocks. Finishes very hot, and obliterates the beer/spirit boundary line. This one is stellar.
Radek Kliber (6869) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where and how: b. 500 ml, tasting 2014 Vintage
Aroma: this one is not shy about what it is…bold barrel feel right up front. Mid with caramel, alcohol and oak. Solid all-rounder.
Top: lighter rocky cap, off-white in shade
Base: hazy amber
Palate : oft textured, medium plus bodied, milder carbonation.
Taste: malty front with weaved in oak feel. Nice, noted plums at mid end. Fells to be well aged and composed barley wine.
blutt59 (6355) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled, coppery orange color, sticky white foam, aroma is vanilla and caramel, flavor is carmel heavy bourbon, harsher than expected, finish is ok but overall a rougher beer by far than other top Bw’s
sjdevel (10) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a slightly cloudy orange / copper color. Quite fizzy at first. A 2 finger head into a pub glass. Head recedes quickly. Some lacing continues, but not very active overall.
Smells very rich and is quite aromatic. Sweet, fruity, buttery, caramel small. Smells a bit tart and floral.
Upfront hop bite that’s medium -not overpowering. Rich / sweet caramel quickly kicks in. Soon after the rush of sweetness, there are some tart fruit flavors (apple, grape, mango). There are also flavors of toffee and butterscotch. At the end when everything start to die down, you get some nutty and charred wood flavor combinations. There is a smoky aftertaste that you are left with.
Low end of the medium mouthfeel scale. A bit on the slick side. Still a bit flat.
Very flavorful, but I would have liked the carbonation to stick around longer. Barrel aged beers are typically lower on carbonation, but it still would have picked up a few more points with me if it was higher. Great beer though. I don’t think anyone would be disappointed with this one. This one was bottled in 2013 ... found it in a liquor store with quite a bit of dust on it.
k0mpsa (2104) - Tuusula, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at barrelworks, buellton. Dark copper color, white head. Aroma has sweet cherries, some hops, caramel notes. Balanced sweet body, cherry notes, some oak, caramel.
HoppityHop (194) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn, this is nearly flawless. Smells a bit ’winey’ but that’s where it ends. Fantastic mild that masquerdes as a barleywine.
mariuspoenari (406) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2015 I am usually a sucker for bourbon barrel-aged barley wines, but this one blows most of them out of the water. Rich caramel, bourbon, vanilla and oak notes.
jbruner (3522) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear golden brown on tap with fluffy off-white head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma is big on the bourbon with a nice malty and nutty middle. Taste is more molasses and vanilla, sweet but not over the top, really nice. Firestone knows how to do barrels.
FlandersNed (384) - , Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle - 2014 vintage dated. Faint haze on a burnt-orange/dark copper base. Sweet bready, aged orchard fruit/oranges, toffee, oak barrel & warming alcohol. Full+ body and moderate carbonation.
Savage_Night (301) - California, USA - OCT 21, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2014 release. Pours dark ruby red with a small khaki head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: rich sweet malt, toffee, caramel, herbs, coffee, alcohol, bourbon, chard oak, vanilla, butterscotch, earthy, raisin, herbal hops, bitterness, biscuit, berries, spruce, slight nuts, brown sugar, molasses, spices and slight chili pepper. TASTE: malty bitterness, toffee, caramel, roasty, alcohol, herbs, butterscotch, vanilla, chard oak, bourbon, raisin, hop spices, brown sugar, molasses, spices, biscuit, berries, coffee oils, nuts, earthy and burned chocolate. AFTER TASTE: caramel, molasses, bourbon barrel char, berries and malty bitterness with a rich silky finish.
dnstone (2431) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber color with off-white head. Sweet malty, nutty aroma. Lightly boozy rich malt character, sweet but not too much.
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