5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Orangish, a little hazy, soft sudsy white head, spotty lacing.   Sweet nose, some strong candied citrus peel, soft bourbon, a little maple syrup.   Whoa, super strong and thickly sweet on the tongue.   Noticeable heat, astringent bourbon, and unfinished maple syrup.   This one is too much.   Not smooth or refined.   Its really brash and hot.   Hard to finish even half the bottle.   Thanks Kevin!
fattybladdy (603) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy amber in appearance. Aroma is nice, sweet caramel and oak. Taste is pretty sweet as well with oak, caramel, vanilla, and scotchy malt. Tasty brew.
bwa5879 (697) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really cloudy reddish brown with very little white head. Floral scents, lots of honey, very oaky. Average carbonation with a thick sticky mouthfeel and supremely clean finish. Taste is pretty peaty and bitter, very earthy, sweet oakiness and honey as well as molasses molasses prevent it from being too bitter. Good barley wine for me as it’s not too bitter and peaty.
Barnoloid (243) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Honey and bourbon dominate this release. Very sweet and dessert forward, almost in the region of a fortified wine. Heavy maltiness - a warming heat comes through but does not overwhelm
libertine (224) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a cloudy orange with a white head. aroma is sweet with bourbon, caramel and maple. flavor is also very sweet, but pleasantly so though. The balance between the bourbon and maple barrel aging seems to well balanced with neither outweighing the other. As it warms the alcohol seems to spring out a little more. Full bodied, with a syrupy mouth feel. medium carbonation with a finish that starts out sweet then gradually becomes slightly bitter. I know this is sweet but the bourbon aging really balances it out well and it taste wonderful. Nothing bad to say here. Another fine example from the backstage series.
jefcon (1419) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of bourbon on this -- and the rye, nutty, smoky notes dominate over the vanilla sweet ones. Rich and supercharged at 12 percent. Glides over the palate.
cbfobes (2334) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Dexters, pours a clear dark golden orange with a light off white head, aroma is insanely sweet with maple syrup and a hint of bourbon, but mainly sweet, the flavor has very sweet on the front end with a good kick of bourbon and heat in the finish, still really sweet though, kind if just meh on this one.
jake65 (2712) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Steve – thanks! Glowing orange hue with a smaller tan head. Thins out pretty quick to leave merely a ring. Nose is sweet and potent blend of maple and bourbon. Taste is maple syrup, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. The maple syrup, bourbon, and vanilla really take over the taste profile and its barely evident this is a wheat wine, but its in the background. A ramped up version of ’09 Nemesis for sure. 1/3 of the bottle was enough for me, glad to have had shared with good company.
akoeninger (477) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Dexter's Pub. Opaque caramel color with thick off white foamy head. Tons of lacing. Nose is vanilla, maple syrup, caramel and bourbon. Taste is complex; vanilla and caramel up front with maple and bourbon coming in later and in the finish. It really does have layers of flavor. Smooth and full bodied. This beer finishes long with caramel and vanilla. Very well balanced not overly sweet or cloying at all. I bet this ages amazingly.
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mcberko (6885) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head. Nose is complex, full of maple syrup, caramel and bourbon. Flavour brings out loads of vanilla upfront, followed by maple syrup, and a little booze. Very sweet gr the vanilla, but not cloying in any way. Surprisingly nice - I was expecting a nastily cloying sweet bomb. Very nice stuff.