Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Flossmoor Station, sampled the day of the DL gathering. Pours a dark brown mahogany hue. Nose is not only bourbon, but clearly Woodford Reserve bourbon (yes, its scary that one can pick this out.) On the nose, lots of vanilla, cherry, bourbon, sherry. More of the same on the palate, with a pleasant bourbon/hops/alcohol finish. One of the better barleywines Iíve had in awhile, and one that I could see ageing very well. More on the sweeter side, much to my liking.
Experiment_Ale (379) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Freetail mega release. Thanks Brad for sharing this ridic beer. Aroma is big raison leather fig molasses. Taste is smooth smooth figs and sugar Carmel. Finish, medium smooth interesting and delicious.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve decided that I LOOOOOOOOVE bourbon-aged barleywines. Huge thanks to Andrew for the end of this bottle, it was unbelievably delicious. With lots of sweet carmel/toffee/bourbon notes blending just beautifully with the malty sweetness of the underlying barleywine.
jethrodium (356) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by cpferris. Huge thanks to Chad for sharing this rarity. Pours a dark copper brown with no head, just a couple of bubbles at the edge of the glass and no lacing. The aroma is lots of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. There is also some caramel and toffee as well as a hint of some oxidation and some light alcohol. The taste is sweet with toffee and caramel. There is also a lot of bourbon, some vanilla, oak, a bit of cherry and some plum. Just a hint of oxidation present. The finish is smooth with just a bit of alcohol and some lingering bourbon and caramel. Medium body. Low carbonation. This was quite good. All the flavors are well integrated. Certainly one of the better barley wine I have had, but there are a few others that are just as good.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Richmond Eleventh. Poured an opaque brown. Aroma has some agressive hops with a bit of dark fruit as well. Taste is quite heavy on dark fruit and also some cakebread-type sweetness. Aftertaste has some bitterness that was more present on the aroma with a bit of molasses thrown in as well. A thoroughly enjoyable american style barley wine with a good bit of muscle but also not nearly as agressive as some others.
Sean9689 (258) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 22oz copper-wax dipped bomber into tulip.
Thanks to a friend who brought this up to FFFís to split.
A - Pours dark red/copper/brown with a small off-white head. Mirky, but not overly so. No real lacing because of the small amount of head, but this doesnít bother me at all.
S - Yum! Bourbon, dark fruits, malt, a sweet alcohol nose in there as well.
T - Outstanding! This beer has aged well over the 9 months since purchase. The bourbon and sweetness of the dark fruits/malt combine into an epic brew. Itís not hot at all, just perfect for my tastes.
M - Medium bodied, very smooth, nice oily finish.
D - I wish I had another bottle to try again sometime but alas, this was my only chance to sample this one unless I get lucky in the future. An excellent BA Barleywine!
Serving type: bottle
Dunt (254) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks for being this Ethan! Have only had a small sip of this in passing at Dark Lord Day. Pours a ruddy brown in color, with a small off-white head. Nose smells slightly oxidized, but has a bunch of caramel, oak, vanilla, raisin, bourbon, and some light booze. Flavor is incredibly balanced and smooth, with a lot of the same themes as the nose. Specifically, caramel, vanilla, raisin, and bourbon. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, almost silky, nonexistent booziness, light carbonation...solid. Very good barleywine, think I might prefer this to M actually. Very happy to have a chance to try this again.
mixinnixon2000 (227) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Shared this one with jamvin23. He won it in the drawing. smell of bourbon right away that gives way to some more complex aromas. excellent taste. I am beginning to love Barley Wines.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Whoa, bottle opened by Huhzubendah at his place this weekend with some other fine beers. Poured into a wine glass.
There are some beers that you donít think you are going to ever sample or get, and then through some unknown mechanism of karma or generosity or both you find yourself holding a glass of Wooden Hell with a few other guys. It was an awesome experience and great night overall. Also, WH is the best barleywine Iíve ever had.
Beer is pretty dark brown, mostly clear with a thin off white head of small bubbles, not much retention but it leaves some lacing behind.
Aroma is very impressive. Sweet, sugar, caramel followed by some liquor / bourbon aromas. Some oakiness and mild vanilla. Very inviting aroma.
Beer is medium bodied, not very carbonated on the palate, overall the lead off is this nice candied flavor that fills the palate and balances the beer well with the mild bitterness at the finish. The early midpalate is a liquory / bourbon flavor that fills out the beer without making it boozy, really drinkable. Very balanced, very great. Even my wife liked it when she took a sip and she doesnít like barleywines at all.
Serving type: bottle
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark ruby with thin, off white head. Smells of oak, vanilla, fine bourbon, bread, caramel, brown sugar, and hop. Mouth is thin. Oak is very mellow with vanilla and caramel. Barrel aged perfectly, and way drinkable. Shame that the limit was 2 bottles. Buttery and sweet.