AirForceHops (6181) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle split 4 ways. Aroma is bacon soaked in maple syrup and bourbon. Love the nose!
The flavor start with maple and light sugar followed by vanilla and mild bourbon notes. Oak barrel is light with the alcohol only showing with a very mild warming after the sip. I didn’t sample this fresh because of what it is. The texture was a little oily with a better than average body. The sweetness seems like it would take over but splitting this 4 ways is about perfect.
darb85 (225) - Canton, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very strong bourbon nose with white wine finish. Very odd but it is well balanced. Good taste but just not my thing.
Mark_Eck (1921) - - SEP 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy orangish color. Aroma and taste are sweet maple, bourbon, and vanilla.
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from Homer321. Nose is maple syrup, oaky vanilla, nut bread, and a hint of bourbon. Crystal clear orange with a small beige head. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, nuts, toffee, and wood. Very nice BA barleywine.
demmbonz (716) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared 750ml. Aroma is hot alcohol. Beautiful copper. Very sweet with a wheat touch. Very smooth finish.
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 10 months old going by the release date. Burnt orange, soapy thin head. Aroma is sweet bourbon, vanilla, and candied sugar. The taste adds warm maple syrup notes, brown sugar, heavy malts, oak, a little coconut, some citrus fruit on the finish. Very big and complex. The 12.6% is very noticeable. Warm lingering bourbon boozy feel in the aftertaste that sits in your chest. -- I also had this fresh. 10 months really didn’t change it at all. Huge and rich. Excellent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
salvaticas (596) - - AUG 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Novare Res in Portland, Maine. Rich on the nose, hard to pin down. First thought was it smells like a swimming pool. Incredibly rich flavor but still a smooth palate. Very complex. Good.
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daknole (10871) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange pour, mostly white head. Maple flavors, sweet bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar and medium hops.
pushkinwow (2568) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pale orange with copper tinge, creamy beige head. Sweet, mango, booze, vanilla, oak, maple syrup, some wheat wine characteristics, full body with mild carbonation, slightly buttery on the palate and more so on the finish, become a bit dry and more boozy on the finish. An acquired taste.
italianjohn (2891) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale to clear golden orange pour with a thin soapy white head and striped sticky lacing .... aroma of coconut, vanilla, maple syrup, bourbon, oranges, spices and some booze .... taste is of vanilla, oak, coconut, bourbon, spicy and sweet maple syrup, caramel and bitter orange rind ... creamy mouthfeel ... finish is dry and spicy with a nice sweet syrupy dry bourbon lingering bite ... definitely lives up to the name abv is evident