gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RBWG. Pours brownish color with red highlights and minimal lacing. Nose has lots of heat from the bourbon with a fair amount of oak, vanilla and caramel. Flavor has thick, sinuous caramel and lots of bourbon-soaked wood and oak, vanilla and dark fruits in the finish. Full-bodied, intense but still surprisingly drinkable. Good stuff.
sebletitje (6226) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
cheers to Diego for opening this one.
pours brown/amber, no head.
Aroma nice bourbon nose, oak and wood, caramel
falvors, nice oaky bourbon mouthfeel, barrel goodness, lots of thck grainy palate, caramel/butterysotch, bready and malts with a deep warming boozy.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bottle and Draught) Pours a clear deep amber body with small tan head. Aroma of caramel, wood, vanilla, chocolate, coconut, and bourbon. Flavor of wood, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, butterscotch, and caramel malt.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Diego, I owe you brother. Nice dark caramel color with a frothy tan head. Flavor is loaded with brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, oak, honey, and syrup. Flavor is sweet and up front with bourbon followed by toffee, oak, brown sugar, and my god its good. REALLY good. LIves up to the hype.
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Diego at RBWG. This one was killer. Nose is huge dark fruit and cherry, strong bourbon. No hops here! Massive chewy body of intense caramel, cherry, a little vanilla and even some chocolate. Dark Cherry and Vanilla linger along with some bourbon and light alcohol. This is terrific. Very impressive.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Rusty. Thanks RC! Hazy mahogany pour with a small foamy head. Caramel malt, molasses, vanilla, raisins and a bit of alcohol. Just a hint of hops remaining. Great stuff!
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Diego. Pours a murky deep brown. Nose is huge bourbon, toffee, caramel, raisin, ripe cherries, dark fruits, figs, wood and booze. Flavor is about the same character as the nose with bigger bourbon presence. The sweetness and fruit character melded with the booze and bourbon/oak makes this beer great. One hell of a Barrel aged beer.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by many BA’s. Holy shit this was awesome. Pours a deep ruby-mahogany with a thin, tan, creamy head that never dissipates and leaves tons of lacing. I can’t stop swirling this and staring. Aroma is intense and Heavenly. Tons of oak, vanilla, and sweet bourbon, but absolutely loaded with rich, dark caramels and toffees. The amount of hops that have survived the years is incredible. Packed with bright, piney citrus and other fruity esters. The flavor is just as impressive. Deep caramels and toffee, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and estery citrus hops. Some brown sugar and raisin cookies comes out towards the end as this perfectly dries with a slight alcohol warmth and hoppy bitterness. Not boozy at all. Full body, but silky, barrel aged smooth with no trace of stickiness. Just a touch of carbonation. Overall, this was the highlight of the tasting IMO. Absolutely fantastic. The barrel aging has done wonders for this beer and perfectly integrates everything. This was bliss.
MeadMe (1206) - Riverview, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by the one and only fogdog. That guy can realllly throw down. Know that!
A: Pours a goldenish color of darker brown with a small foamy tan head. Litte retention or lace.
S: Aromas is a cornucopia of malt. Wonderful caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and rich molasses. Lighter notes of dark fruit, and booze.
T: Caramel and molasses sweetness with a big blast of fig and raisin. Notes of sweet vanilla, coconut, and a hint of booze.
M: Rather full in body, smooth, and tasty. Had it up against M and M won. That being said this is a tasty Barleywine that if you have the firepower is worth going after.
PeaceRich (25) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
nuts, caramel, alcohol, butterscotch, raisin, vanilla, woody, brown, hazy, minimal head, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,