BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - MAY 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fred Fest 2009 – Portland, OR
Aroma: Dark sweet malt with tons of dried fruit in the aroma with an odd chocolate addition.
Appearance: Dark Brown in color, Clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Malty sweet this was a big beer. Tons of alcohol, Chocolate, dried fruit in the flavor
Palate: Dry fruit sweet finish, with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall: This was a very nice huge beer. Loved the sweetness. This beer held up well and was a delight to drink.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at DLD. Dark brown pour with some bright ruby highlights and a thin film of tan foam. The aroma had burnt caramel and chocolate with pitted fruits. The flavor was all over the place. Chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla and oak, maybe a bit of molasses. A bit boozy. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and had minimal carbonation. A cool experiment, but this beer seemed to have a hard time finding it’s identity.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ O’Briens. Poured hazy copper-brown with a flat ring of white bubbles. No lacing. Earthy caramel and bread dough aroma with vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Boozy. Viscous, non-carbonated mouthfeel gave it the character of a liquer. Strong caramel and cherry flavors up front, then moves into the earthy, alcoholic oaken malt flavors. Somewhat of a mix between whiskey and cognac in the background. Long, sticky finish that tastes resiny, but without the bite. Definitely a sipper, but a great one at that.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2009 Damn this beer is sick, sick sick. Thanks so much to Scottoale for telling me about it even though at the time (at alesmith I was like dude, I don’t need this I want to go home, I’m glad I got to have it. Tap @ O’brien’s. Pours blackish red with a tan ring. Nose is light and ok, really too cold to get much. Taste is wow, f’ing wow. Sweet, malty, rich slick with bourbon and oak and vanilla, yummers!
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Bourbon, toffee, caramel, hops and chocolate.
Appearance: Leather brown with a smallish head.
Flavor: Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, butter scotch. Also some wood and hops tucked inbetween all that sweetness and bourbon.
Palate: Smooth and silky.
Overall: As good as an anniversary offering, if not better.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft @ hard liver ’09 - dark brown with spotty white head; thick, woody aromas of sugar, molasses, vanilla; thin, strong and silky smooth; not as full bodied as i like, but overall a pretty dope BW that lived up to my excitement when this was spotted on the menu
after4ever (5937) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hard Liver Barleywine Festival 09, Brouwer’s Cafe. Murky very dark brown with a loose tan head. Doughy, woody nose. Creamy medium body. Wood, vanilla, and doughy malts on the mid-palate. Mild dry finish.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 on tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver ’09. Surprise addition to the tap list. This stuff was great. Pours dark dark brown with a decent off-white head. Intense nose of bourbon, oatmeal, and buttery toffee. Floral hops come through in the taste with a little bit of tobacco as well. Full mouthfeel, nice bourbon/oatmeal component on the finish.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the SF Barleywine fest at Toronado. Deep brown pour with a small white head. Very sweet for a barleywine, full of vanilla and a bunch of hop goodness as well. Nice molasses as well and some oaky goodness. Extremely tasty and so damn smooth!
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Toronado. Lots of bourbon in this. Rich and full of vanilla and complete flavors. Very enjoyable.