callmemickey (3895) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Deep brown black body. Tight khaki head. Quickly receded into a thin collar. No lacing.
S: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, a little generic alcohol fumes.
T: A very restrained bourbon barrel barleywine. Certainly plenty of flavor from the bourbon barrels, but nothing abrasive or hot about this offering. Lots of oaky vanilla. Rich malt backbone.
M: Silky smooth medium-heavy body. Just a pinch of heat in the finish. Appropriately carbonated.
O: One of the best bourbon barrel aged barleywines out there.
TheEpeeist (3608) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with edgy tan froth. Nose is caramel, dark berries, rum, fig and musty wood. Medium to full body, slightly sticky, with a light tingle but still reminds me of cough syrup. Taste is orange, cherry and bourbon. Hints of chocolate, caramel, coconut and red licorice. Oddly hoppy and vegetal with building heat.
Beerman6686 (5619) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a medium brown colorw ith a beige head. Aroma was lots and lots of bourbon, but not much alcohol perse, caramel and toffee, vanilla as well. Flavor much like the aroma, lots of bourbon there, sweet malt, can definitely get the nuances of the barley under the bourbon, and hardly any hints of alcohol either. Just great stuff all around!
italianjohn (2600) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ruby red pour thin off white head .... aroma of vanilla, bourbon, oak and cherry .... amazing taste of oak, vanilla and bourbon some chocolate and tobacco little boozy with a malty backbone .... mouthfeel is smooth and very balanced with a bitter finish that lingers ... unreal
orangesol (984) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served on-tap at Capone’s during the Firestone Walker Lunch party. Enjoyed with Dave Walker himself! Served into a snifter.
A - Pours deep brown with a thin film of white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lacing down the glass. This was served WAY too cold. Once it warmed up a bit it got a little better.
S - Smells of warm bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, tobacco, and chocolate sweetness offer some contrast to the typical caramel / toffee sweetness in most barleywines. The heat began to creep in more and more as it came to room temperature.
T - Lots of toffee sweetness up front quickly giving way to a mix of bourbon heat, tobacco, chocolate, and vanilla. Finish is a mix of sweetness and alcohol burn, lingering for some time. This one is still a little raw but I can see it developing over the next few years into something amazing. I need to grab a bottle of this one as soon as I can.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. It was pretty thin at the beginning but it really developed once it warmed up into a rich, creamy, feel with plenty of lingering sweet heat in the finish.
O - Very good beer. It is still pretty hot at the moment but it is still a very easy drinking barrel aged barleywine. I am really glad I made the long trek down to Capone’s to try it.
thirdeye11 (5863) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle thanks to Jyoungsbcp) deep ruby brown with ring of tan bubbles but sparse. Alcohol coating the glass like none other. Nose of rich caramel, vanilla, raisin, subtle bourbon, Complex and decadent. Taste is a bit alcoholic, vanilla, toasty, subtle chocolate, bourbon. Great linger. Excellent!
anders37 (20473) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ RFD, Washington DC. Pours a dark ruby almsot black color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit aroma with hoppy hints. Sweetish malty hoppy dark fruit and caramel flavor with weak hints of bourbon. Has a sweetish malty hoppy bitter slightly woody caramel and dark fruit finish.
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Ruddy, sediment laden deep orange-brown body, thin ring of beige carbonation. Nose of caramel, brown sugar, and alcohol. Boozy body with big alcohol notes, brown sugar, and caramel; sweet, bitter, and warming. Potent and very good.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well my rating just got erased by my phone so my review is going to suck. This was really complex and tasty. The bourbon barrel is very outstanding. Nice vanilla finish. Sweet and rich and thick on the palate. Very nice beer here.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011. bottle. dark reddish brown, ruby almost with minimal head. aroma of caramelized sugar, anise, and alcohol. flavor of maple syrup, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and booze...