Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another one that I couldn’t identify who brung the thing, regardless, danka. This was a pleasant surprise. Get sum.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capone’s, Norristown. Lucky to have been in town when the Firestone event was going down, and thanks to Matt and Craig for saving me some samples! Very fine pour, ruby-to-mahogany spectrum, with a thin but fine and frothy head that lingers, leaving nice retention. Body appears to be a bit oily, but not at the expense of appropriate carbonation. Nose is powerful, with heavy bourbon the dominant element but with notable vanilla, mild fruit, toffee, a hint of molasses perhaps, like a complex liqueur. Body is quite full, not from carbonation but from sheer substance. Flavors are as complex as the nose, with wood, sherry, vanilla, and very intensely combined and integrated malts all coming together like a port that has elements of a mildly hoppy strong ale or old ale. Really a terrific beer, but the only knock for me was that the bourbon was too promiment throughout for my tastes. Even so, an easy 4.
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… Hazy, dark, mahogany ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. The aroma is a rich, decadent mélange of white oak, bourbon, caramel, vanilla and coconut. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor mirrors the aroma in that it is a delicious marriage of caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut and oak. Malty, rich, warming finish. Kudos to dosbeerigos for sharing his bottle of this elixir!
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to dcschiller for hooking this one up. Pours a brown with red highlights and a tan head that recedes. Nose is the definition of depth and complexity: caramel, toffee, booze, bourbon, vanilla, wood, some candied coconut, slight cherries, and some joy also. Flavor is similarly wondrous: this one manages to tread the line of too bourbony very well, like a gymnast walking over croc-infested waters. Flavor gives notes of wood, brandy, bourbon, cherry, marshmallow, vanilla, toffee, and a big alcohol presence that is not unexpected, but shows in the wild, long legs. Light to medium in body and every bit of 10% alcohol. A thing of beauty!
MaltOMeal (1091) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber shared by bleeng at the May Houston RB tasting. Pours dark brown with tan bubbles in lieu of head. Nose is of rich caramel, toffee and vanilla with alcohol noticeable. Taste is fantastic with bourbon, chocolate and coconut like a candy bar. Mouthfeel was thick and chewy. Very nice.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma:I really like the aroma. It smells of caramel, sweet malts, dark fruits like figs, and a little bourbon.
Appearance:Pours a deep mahogany color. Nice head, but quickly dissipates. Great lacing.
Taste:The flavors are well balanced and subtle in this beer. The foretaste consists of sweet malts, and mild dark fruits. The bourbon makes itself known in the midtaste, and lingers on into the aftertaste.
Palate:This beer has a thick body, with good carbonation, and a bunch of alcohol warmth.
Overall:I really enjoyed this beer, it’s really well balanced, and a great sipper. It reminds me a lot of sipping on a nice bourbon. I believe this one should age really well.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to bleeng for bringing this beer from Alabama. Pours a keep reddish brown with small head. Nose of whiskey, coconut, toffee, vanilla....gorgeous. Flavors are right on with aroma profile, with added bourbon for good flavor...this is very, very nice. A little bit of heat, but still pretty well integrated. Love this beer.
50belair (2240) - Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Dark brown with no head. Caramel and dark fruit aromas. Caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla flavors. So much going on here, and it’s all GOOD..........
keepersj12 (2688) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful beer. ours a dark brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel among others. The flavor is at first bourbon and vanilla. Then you get the caramel. Some oak and booze soon arrive. Made for sipping, this is just a damn good beer.
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber from the Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay. What a find. Dark brown pour with a no head. Lots of sweet bourbon up front in the aromas, caramel added some more sweetness. Some woody vanilla notes too. I could smell this all day. Carbonation was very light, body extremely smooth and rich. Huge in every way and it work in every way. Flavors were lightly sweet, full of bourbon and wood, some vanilla and lots of caramel. Easily one of the smoothest Barley Wine’s I have ever tried.