Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla, caramel, wood, alcohol, and some mild citrus hops. It pours a transparent amber with a small soapy off-white head that quickly becomes a thin film. The flavor starts with caramel and vanilla. The finish has notes of maple syrup, faint bourbon, and very mild citrus hops...very tasty. While the 12% shows in the nose, itís very well hidden in the flavor. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeel.
SSSteve (3950) - - FEB 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. clear light orange under a medium sized white head. big maple syrup, caramel and bourbon aroma that has a candy sweetness. the flavor is quite sweet but as sweet as the aroma would suggest. the bourbon barrel is smooth and mellow without the harsh, leached, bourbon heat from the wood. lots of sweet buttery caramel in aftertaste along with a bit of tang that adds some unique character. palate is pretty sticky. abv is hidden. i would have to say this was well worth the expensive price tag.
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a burnt orange with a white head. Aroma is a sweet maple hint followed with alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth with a sweet bitter to start thats works into a sweet maple note that finishes with a lingering oak bitter that works well with the alcohol. Flavor is balanced and complex but not overwhelming. Nice stuff.
badgerben (4608) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper color with no head. Aroma of brown sugar, light apple and oak, and a bit of butter. Big, rich, wheat and malt flavor. Light apple fruitiness, a little corn that seems to be from the bourbon. Very sweet. After warming, maple, caramel and butter all stand out. Really enjoyed this.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really nice blend of barrel character, sweet sugars, and warm boozy alcohol. Need to find more.
hombrepalo (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 OZ bottle from Archer Liquors. This was an incredibly delicious barleywine, my #1 barleywine to date... The aroma is big and sweet, full off maple, caramel, lots of different fruits, piney hops and dates and figs. A truly well balanced nose and flavor profile, as I can pick out everything in the nose that is offered on the palate. Has a very warming effect from the alcohol, hoppy but not overly ridiculous, nicely balanced. Very well made. Wish I would have grabbed some more. Almost impossible to find now. This one would cellar nicely...
Silphium (3188) - 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 (1315) - 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 .