Odeed (1751) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange body with not much head.Nice aroma of oak,wood,cream,and rye.Flavor is HEAVY on the alcohol and is really sweet.
artmcd8 (640) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a treat! Thanks to StFun for throwing in this extra on a FBW contest. Drinking on 3/19/13. Bottle poured into a balloon tulip glass. Pours an orange red brown color with no head at all. There is a thin line of bubbles around the rim. At first the aroma was overpowered by alcohol/bourbon with some caramel and maybe some fig. Once the volatile alcohol dissipated I could definitely smell some of the maple. It smells glorious after 4 years. Oh my, this tastes even more amazing. The taste is sweet with a warming quality from the bourbon and a slight alcohol bite. Much of the carbonation is gone but this doesn’t matter whatsoever. The palate is a bit thin for what I would expect but again, it doesn’t matter. Having this beer makes me want CBS even more.
UnionBeerCzar (75) - Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle to CBS snifter, not sure why I dug this out of my cellar tonight but it felt right and I still have a couple more to share. Pour orangey orange with lots of yeasty floculating and no head. Nose is maple maple doughnuts and then some. Carbonation has nearly left the building and the mouthfeel is goopey. Flavors are a bizzare mix of burnt sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and oxidation, this might be crashing over the hill but it’s a wild ride and overall I enjoy it. Finish is caramel-ey and lingering, I feel like a lot of Barley Wines head this direction after 3 or 4 years, it’s strange though because I’m picking up some the wheat notes in the lingering aftertaste. Ah, the short lived Nemesis series, before the backstage... How I love you.
Ataraxia (160) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish gold, white lacing. Sticky aroma of bourbon, toffee, maple syrup, figs, blackcurrant, plum, and charred wood. Sweet, full-bodied, and smooth. A lingering bitter finish with a good amount of booziness.
kraddel (840) - deurne, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
at adamjackson tasting . thnx for the share to one of the guys ! ( im sure a name will, pop up reading the ratings below)
pours orange, no foam. smell is very sweet, bourbon, sugar, boozy, soft sharp carbo. taste is boiurbon ( sigh..) sweet..
getting curious on how a BW actualy taste. all the ones i had were bba, and i ONLY get bourbon in those...
DrSilverworm (2701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle, purchased from Jackie-Os’ cellar. Orange color. Dark orange and hazy with all the particles inside. Really nice bourbon nose, definite maple syrup in the aroma. Surprisingly, just more of a medium body. Indeed, it must have really thinned out in 4 years. A medium body still is fine.. But pretty much no carbonation either, at the moment. Wheat malt, lightly hoppy aroma. Big bourbon barrel and maple syrup. Nice sweet taste. Light bitter. Alcohol noticeable, but pretty smooth. No burn and minimal bite for 12%, so that’s fine. Like others have said, this is past it’s prime. That’s clear. But despite that, it’s still a very interesting sipper, still an enjoyable and interesting experience. The high price was easy to justify knowing it went towards helping one of my favorite breweries purchase their first-ever batch of cans. Will rerate if I ever stumble upon a fresh example
77ships (2154) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thx! for sharing tderoeck @ ‘The Adam Jackson Tasting’. Bourbon BA wheat wine, interesting. 355 ml. bottle sampled / no idea as to what to expect. Pours a bright, hazy orange with only some white bubbles for a head. Sweet grapefruit and pine juice in the nose with sweet caramel, sugar, toffee, vanilla and some bourbon, oxidation is there but more contributing still than destructive. Sweet caramel, oxidation, sugar, bourbon, toffee, wheat, maple, warming, bourbon, sweet goo, orange zest quite present. Little carbonation, full body. Lovely surprise.
adamjackson (1229) - Canaan, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz format at cellar temp into a tasting glass.
A - Bronze in color. No head
S - Nose is very malty, tons of sugar, wheat and bourbon with vanilla
T - bourbon and vanilla up front, maple is still very present, not faded at all! Very sweet but not over the top as expected
M - Heavy body, no carbonation
O - This is extremely sweet but could take more time in the bottle. But right now, tastes pretty awesome.
BMMillsy (678) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle Poured February 15, 2013. Part of a vertical with 2010 up second. Pours cloudy orange with no head. Aroma is maple, bourbon, wet dog, some wheat funk, hints of toffee and definite vanilla caramel. Thick syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet vanilla up front, lingering caramel, a bit of fig. Bit of spice and a little citrus? Very very smooth with nearly no carbonation. Booze warms but it is mellow (this thing is 3 or 4 years old after all). Very nice barleywine that suspect hit its peak before opening.
ThirstyBird (416) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - FEB 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried at the @ 1st Official Ledebronckx Barrel Aged Academie Grand Elite Tasting.
Pours slightly hazy honey with minimal head. Smell is marzipan, booze mild orange zest. Taste is butterscotch ending with peppermint and a touch of heat. Mouthfeel is thick with nice carbonation. Interesting but likely a bit past prime.
writerljberg (222) - Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from hopsbreath a long time ago. Bottle is dated 2-3-10, making this a shade over 3 years old.
A: Caramel color with a dissipated head. There are some floaties in this bottle and lines of carbonation like a submerged diver.
N: Layers of caramel surrounding vanilla wafers. Bourbon is still noticeable. Syrupy with a rye/pumpernickel breadiness and spice. Oakeness has faded. Candied pecans are prevalent as is brown sugar. In the deep nose, I get a distinct licorice/anise. The first whiff is luxurious, subsequent discoveries are not much. Still quite good, though.
T: Lots of rye and wheat in the body. Bourbon has left a distinct oak and an outline of caramel and bourbon. Surprisingly hoppy - lots of forest floor, and there’s even more oak overlapping any maple notes. Green peppercorn. More licorice and anise. Oxidation is noticeable and expected given its age.
M: Very sticky, but damn this is bone dry. It scrapes the palate like a DIPA, and there is still a lot of alcohol. A lot of alcohol.
O: Another enjoyable brew from Founders, but at 3 years and sparse change, it really should have sweetened. I had a four pack of this, and I’m fairly comfortable in saying this was never my favorite thing and that’s quite alright. Maybe you’ll like it better.