JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Nice looking dark mahogany color, thin dark tan head. Nice full aroma, fruity malts and slight sweet hops. Doesnít taste like 11% - thick and malty, nice smooth finish. Donít get a lot of the caraway, but a decent brew.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle thanks to thirdeye11 - drank side by side with the bourbon barrel version.
Deep amber brew with some white head. Lots of rye in the nose with caramel and toffee. Rye dominates the flavor as well with grapefruit and caramel malt.
tectactoe (1514) - Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 Bottle: Thanks to Mike & Tim for sharing. Swampy looking, opaque copper body with nearly no head... barely even a ring forms around the edges. Aroma has notes of sweet, dark prunes & nearly vinous grapes with caramel, buttery toffee, & a light bit of toasty bread. Seems like some oxidation has taken place... lightly "stale" character in the back-end. Taste is big graham cracker up front with sweet toffee, light caramel, plums, prunes, grapes, & some more oxidation on the palate, lightly sherry-like but also somewhat stale & cardboard-y in the aftertaste. A little thin for a barley wine, & a mild rubbing alcohol character grows with too much warmth. Slightly disappointing considering how good the barrel aged version is. Wonder if this one was much better out of the gate?
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bourbony looking, no head, tiny off white bubbles, some lace. mildy grain, mostly air. malt and vinous flavors, hint of alcohol. medium bodied, dry finish. a quite enjoyable brew. sampled at flossmoor station hi-fi rye release.
arkurzynski (1487) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to motortoddhead. Deep orange/brown/red in color with off-white head. Slightly hazy. Deep passion fruit, citrus, spicy rye, toasted bread, light caramel in the nose. Ultra-smooth citrus, rye spice, and caramel with baked bread, biscuit, toasted malt in the finish. Light hopping throughout, mostly citrus/grapefruit. Most apparent in mid-flavor and finish. Slightly creamy and lighter than expected on the palate. Melding of flavors and pure smoothness make up for this.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter. I had the BA version yesterday, so I figured Iíd have this while the memory is still fresh. Iím not sure what vintage this is, but the bottle lists the ABV as 9.5%. Oddly enough there was some what appeared to be rust underneath the heavy layer of wax. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.
4.5 A: Lightly hazed deep amber plum color. One finger of beige, superbly dense creamy head. Retention is about average for a beer this big, but a good deal of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Shockingly, this smells like the BA version, but without the bourbon and barrel. Big aggressive spicy earthy rye and plenty of caraway seeds too. Plum and fig fruits, caramel and some toffee. It was tough to pick up the caramel in the BA version, so I guess thatís how this one is a bit different.
3.5 T: Maybe itís because this is the second time through this beer, but the taste isnít nearly as powerful as it was in the BA version. Yes, the spicy earthy rye and caraway are still plentiful, but this isnít slapping my taste buds silly. Thereís also less fruitiness, a touch more bitterness, and more toffee and caramel. Itís still tasty, but isnít as impressive as the one I had yesterday.
3.5 M: It might be because it has more carbonation, but this is a lot thinner than the BA version. Heavier medium body instead of syruppy heavy body. Carbonation level is much better though. Doesnít have the major chewiness, which I like, but it also isnít particularly creamy.
3.5 D: Tasty beer, but the BA version killed this, but that might have something to do with the vintage. Who knows. Worth a try
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-15-2012 04:45:14
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours ruby, minimal head.
Smell sweet and spices, fruity
Taste caramel, rye, gum and fruit on tail
Really good, I think better than the barrel aged
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 9/18/2010 Source:BrewEngineer) Caramelized sugars with dark fruits and moderate spiciness in aroma. Clear deep ruby amber with small white head. Sweet with nice warming. Moderate dark fruits and caramelized sugars with robust spicy bitterness. Full body and mouth feel. Finish is sweet and spicy.
HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A solid somewhat sweet barley wine with minimal hop character but a nice spicy element from the rye. I like this beer quite a bit.
beernbourbon (1288) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at maproom. Pour is ruby red with a small white head. Aroma is caramel malt, fair amount of hops, and a light spice. Really no much rye noticeable. Flavor is clean with a more potent hop punch than expected. Hops are lightly citrus with pine background. Also caramel malt with very little re spice. Got more and more rich as it warmed. Fairly easy to drink.