DrnkMcDermott (2994) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft, at FSR&B. Pure ambrosia! It’s hoppy, it’s Imperial, and it’s barrel-aged; the characteristics of our favorite extreme beers in one glass! Served in a small snifter, it’s a hazy brown-orange under a thin head. Big hops smell that will likely diminish if there are any more barrels aging away. Taste? Well, I caught a bit of yeast at first, but only temporarily. Then it’s tender roast malts, and a promised big load of hops. The big citrus character of the amarillos, combined with the alcohol and barrell aging give this one happy compaisons to whiskey with a spash of Squirt. Just want to savor every sip. Hope to see if it gets better with more aging later on.
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a murky golden body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of oak, pine, citrus, molasses, some cherry, and toffee. Flavor of hops (grapefruit), bourbon, nuts, light cherry, bread, oak, and caramel malt with a dry finish.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber/copper with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma of citrus, oak, whiskey, and caramel. The flavor continued the nose elements with a nice crispness and bitterness tempered by some caramel and vanilla. Quite good.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brewpub in January 07. Lots of vanilla and bourbon in the nose and taste. Thick and creamy. A little sour fruit wine taste. Some tobacco. Would age well.
TheBeerGod (5983) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2006. Cloudy amber. Nose is wood, vanilla, cake, fruit notes and bourbon. Taste emits a bit too much wood for me. There’s a lot of bourbon to this as well. Some hoppiness and sweet malts along with vanilla. Body is creamy but rather light. Ends with more bourbon notes, wood, light hops, and caramel. More vanilla hints as well. Good but not quite as good as the other two I had from this brewery at GABF.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 On tap at the brewpub. Syruppy amber colored with resiny hops, candied, floral, and oakiness in the nose. Creamy mouthfeel thats thick sweet and hoppy that my fiance describes as like salt water taffy ... carmel, citrus, grapefruit, all around oaky with a bit of slightly hot bourbon to it. Bitter and candied sweet at the finish. Who would have though an ipa in a bourbon barrel, damn tasty.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
FoBAB 2006. My second time sampling this after enjoying it last year but not rating it. Notes of citrus and oak on the nose lead into caramel, honey, and candied lemon. I thought this was a hoppy barleywine at first and was surprised by the description. Nice stuff.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2006: Pretty hazy amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma of bourbon and oranges with notes of vanilla. the flavor had a good bit of vanilla in it. Hops, bourbon, and alcohol finish out the beer.
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
GTM ’06 draught. Barrel aged aroma that is not really all that strong for a barleywine. Cloudy orange, small head. Off-white head. Very strong alcohol, sweet flavor. Really nice flavor; outstanding brew. I hope they have this available at the brewpub next time I’m there.
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft... GABF ’06... Murky caramel-colored ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The aroma is of wood, sourmash, spent grain and corn. Caramel, bourbon flavor with moderate bitterness and sweetness. Medium to full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Finishes moderately sweet and bourbony.
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured out a murky, caramel-colored body with amber highlights, high sediment, strong legs and nary a head. Drinking in the complexities of the deep, heady aroma was as enjoyable as staring at a surrealist oil. Thick and caramelized with a brazen note of modeling clay, doses of fruity cherry, pear and grapes do not go unnoticed.
Flavor finds all the comforts of a nice barley wine. Hop character is much more subdued than you’d find in the original version of this IIPA and I have no problems with that. Smooth, relaxing and warming with strong, sweet malts and a lingering vinousness to finish. Very nice.
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