Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Founders. Hazy blood-orange body, thin off-white head. Interesting aroma with notes of molded hay, fermented fruit, banana, alcohol, and a touch of band-aid. The vinous body packs serious alcohol heat, featuring oak, banana, hints of pineapple and apricot, and brown sugar. The dry, dusty oak and bourbon counter the fruity sugars and maple notes. Long, warm, dry finish. May soften with age, although it is quite good right now.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2010 Pours cloudy orange with a hint of an off white head. Aroma is incredible - I canít help but think buttermilk pancakes, vanilla, caramel, a hint of bourbon. Taste is just as pleasant with sweet caramel, maple syrup, and bourbon which is perfectly balanced, hops are most noticeable in the bitter finish. Excellent beer. Had this again and better the second time. Will put one back for a while, wish i had more.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy orange amber with a very thin off white head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, and bourbon, with a slight hint of maple. Flavor is caramel, oak, vanilla, maple syrup, a nice charred barrel flavor, and a little bit of boozy warming effect. Pretty good, and the bourbon flavor is heavy, but not too overwhelming.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Greenís on Ponce De Leon. Damn this shit is expensive i.e. $17.99 a 4-pack. Oh well, itís all about the good times right. Not much head produced, even when heavily agitated. There is a wispy head sitting on top. Light brown, dark orange appearance. Nothing really spectacular here in terms of appearance, but noticeably above "average". Bourbon, sugar, vanilla, maple, and coconut are all coming through, in terms of aroma. Damn the barrel age is well-noticed. I like it, but others might find this aroma to be a bit intrusive. Sugar, sweet maple, and vanilla are coming through like crazy. This beer is extremely pungent. Not getting any type of barley wine aroma, but I do appreciate the nuances of the barrel aging. I canít imagine what this will be like in a few years. Wow, this beer is HOT. Barrel aging is dominating way too much. Again, I like this type of thing, but nothing really barley wine-ish about it. Slight barley wine flavor. Alcohol is coming through a bit too much as well. Vanilla, syrup, sugar, wood, and bourbon are all coming through in terms of flavor. Very smooth brew. Meh... I am torn between this an whiskey .
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2010
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a murky medium amber with virtually no head. Aroma is mainly overpowering alcohol (whiskey), hints of vanilla something else I cant place. Flavor starts heavily sweet, moderately bitter and finishes the same. Alcohol dominates the flavor, then makes way for a wheat malt flavor then oak, which all comes off as a coconut flavor. Medium bodied, oily but lively carbonated. I would sum it up as coconut flavored whiskey.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, thanks to flossmoorbrewalum for helping a brother out with this one. pours hazy golden-orange with white head around the rim. nose has toasted coconut, vanilla, maple syrup, oak barrel, scotch, and orange slices. wow this is a very sweet and scotch boozy tasting brew and especially at first, it sits long on the palate as the flavors eventually go somewhere, oranges, maple syrup, toasted coconut, caramel, bourbon, with a long smokey scotch finish. a syrupy body, lasting long on the palate that is actually balanced pretty well by good hopping bitterness, carbonation is pretty tight and prickly at times. very sweet and boozy at first (too cold), but as it warmed this showed the nice maple and barrel notes it was meant to. i really didnít dig it at first but it was clearly too cold. let this one sit, warm up, and breathe.
jrob21 (2677) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Brickstore. Pours a light amber, dark honey color with little to no head. Aroma is sweet caramel, bourbon, and vanilla. The flavor at first is hot alcohol but that fades quickly into an oaky, vanilla, sweet molasses kind of gooey goodness. Get a little bit of light fruit from some hops hiding back there. Was not sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised at how smooth this ended up being. The emphasis is definitely on the oak and vanilla flavors here.
Macegan75 (709) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an clear amber honey color, with litle head and lacing. The nose is strong with bourbon, cotton candy, vanilla. The first sip is sweet with an oaky presence, maple, brown sugar, vanilla extract take over. The finish is moderately hopped for a barleywine.
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with little to no head. Aroma is verhy sweet with smells of maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol. Taste is bourbon with an initial aftertaste of alcohol and a lingering sweet taste of maple syrup and vanilla. Very nice alcohol warming sensation as it goes down. Tasty stuff.
TheAlum (5950) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from one of a few Binnys. Pours a copper kissed hazy amber, a decent offwhite head that cakes decent layer, a very pretty beer with reddish sunset hues hidden inside. Aromas are a pleasant amount of bourbon and vanilla, oak, the maple syrup element comes out on the nose. Smoothed out sweetness develops into died out fruity esters and a touch of flaked wheat graininess. The bourbon is dominant, but not overdone, as the booziness stays down on the nose. Initial is medium bodied, well bourbon bound with spirit, wet oak, vanilla, tannins from the barrel provide a decent bitterness, a warming alcohol presence does itís job as it goes down. Fruity banana and apple hide beneath, a secondary hiding element of the beer and a better tale of the base beer. Maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon with decent bitterness. A touch of coconut and a touch of brown sugar from the maple syrup, the warming alcohol grows fairly quickly. A very nice beer displaying the bit of deeper complexity of these maple syrup/bourbon barrels. A touch yeasty, a decent beer, not as thick or cloying as I anticipated. The base beer is solid, but this really turns into a display of the barrel as the focal point, decent hopping. Very enjoyable.