SudsMcDuff (6761) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought for me by a guy names Chip @ Waldo’s Pizza in KC .. . Pours a deep burnt caramel brown .. . this was wonderful- from molasses, caramel, pastry, fudge, and dark minced fruits .. . sticky mouthfeel and smooth- great now and will be great in ten years .. . i loved every drop! .. . he’s got stupid cool hiphop style!!
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bourbon nose with some sweetness, cotton candy, and stuff. No lasting head, brown head. Sweet cotton candy, bourbon sweetness, sharp grassy hoppiness...sweet dessertish, lightly boozy but sweetness and hoppiness of the underlying beer overshadows the bourbon influence..some pineyness...just a little overwhelming with the strong influence of everything going on.
pushkinwow (2227) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at beachwood. red/dark brown with thin biege head. Big bourbon nose with vanilla and oak, some plum, milk chocolate and prune undertones. Very smooth, well carbonated, full bodied, but the bourbon and booze is too strong with a harsh bite, needs some age to mellow and balance out. However still a very good beer and worth seeking out.
djd07 (5889) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Bleeg, shared at the May tasting. Pours a dark ruby with a small off white head that diminishes quickly to nothing. The aroma is vanilla, oak, and smoke. Thick mouthfeel with a vanilla malt flavor with the alcohol present but not overpowering. Enjoyed this barley wine from Firestone.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with notes of dried fruits (think plum and raisin). The palate shows off the abv but also give serious depth to the bourbon and vanilla flavors from the char of the barrel. You get some deep fruit hints here as well such as plums and dried figs.
DalzAle (2009) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Dan. Clear, very dark brown pour and an aroma of plums, raisins and booze. Flavor is very spicey, boozy prunes, and a little hops along with a hot alcohol aftertaste. Still hot as a young beer, but can only get better with age.
Sledutah (6012) - Utah, USA - JUL 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle shared by doug, thanks
Appearance: Clear dark mahogany with a medium sized beige head and some lacing
Aroma: Bourbon, woody, cherries and sweet caramel
Taste: Bourbon, vanilla, woody and some hot alcohols, dry finish
A great barley wine, loved every drop.
douglas88 (7177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a dark brown color with some reddish hints and a nice large thick white head. The aroma is massive sweet bourbon; vanilla, toffee, even a bit of the cherries from red wine barrels. The flavor is amazing; super sweet vanilla, oak, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, lots of heat, dark sour cherries, earthy and very dry. Superb.
JorisPPattyn (8388) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
No head left; deep brown cola-coloured beer. Dried wood, liquorice, and a touch of pine, ever so slightly smokey. Alcohol already present in the nose. Vanilla, smoked, with the vanilla(beans) returning retronasal with a vengeance. Obvious Bourbon casks, and fruity, estery hints. Very rich, alcoholwarming and a little (welcome) bite in the finish. Superb Barley Wine, especially in the finish. Many thanks to Evan & Matt!
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, big thanks to Boody for finally getting to this one. Aroma has nice rich notes of toffee, dark fruit, vanilla, slight chocolate, bourbon, rum soaked bread, some slight red fruit. A bouquet of flavors start with sweet chocolate, coffee and some cocoa powder, leads into dark fruit, vanilla and bourbon notes, lots of roasted malt with a delicious dry bitter and slightly sweet finish. Very delicious!