Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a very clear, light amber with no head. Aroma of caramel, light bourbon, some malty sweetness. Taste was similat with even more complexity - oak, light bourbon and vanilla, sticky sweetness. If I didnít know this had been aged in maple oak barrels, Iím not sure I would have been able to tell that the some of the sweetness was maple, but all of the complexities of the beer mesh together nicely. Creamy, smooth, slightly boozy, some more bourbon - a very complex finish. The finish of this beer is really special - everything that is good about this beer just comes to life in the finish. Overall, very tasty beer. Too bad Iíve only got 1 more bottle to drink!
Ratman197 (11080) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of bourbon, toffee, spice and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, bourbon, oak and spice with a smooth dry lingering bourbon finish.
fraternie (907) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An absolutely rollicking aged blonde barley wine, with equal parts caramel malt and red wine and barrel nuances. Hints of wheat linger with sharp heat through the finish.
AirForceHops (4348) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle thanks to Willrunforbeer via dmac for free beer week, thanks men! No head on a muddy river water brown color. Aroma does show oxidation (cardboard like) oak barrel, bourbon still exists and light maple sugar.
The flavor shows moderate bourbon upfront with a light maple sugar through the center. Mild hints of dark fruit more of a plum or raisin with a very weak hint of (cardboard). But the mild oxidation doesnít affect the enjoyment level I am sipping right now. Mild warming from the bourbon after the sip. Still all in all nice drink. Real surprised how well this held up... Fine brew but drink it if you got it!
WillRunForBeer (1327) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from dmac for Free Beer Week. Thanks, Dave! Michigan rate #100! 2/3/10 bottle date. Pours murky orange brown with no carb. Aroma is bourbon, molasses, maple. Flavor is molasses, raisin, maple and bourbon. Bourbon carries through to the finish.
_angst_ (3446) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle received in trade. Thank you much umich03jm! Pours hazy reddish golden with a rather small goldenish offwhite head that leaves some sparse spotty trace on the glass while quickly dissipating. Smell is malty and herbal with sweet, white bread, caramel, toffee, charred wood, toasted nuts, pepper mint, hay, soil, bourbon alcohol and hints of cardboard. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and tiny herbal with sweet white bread, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, maple syrup, bourbon alcohol, coconut milk, brazil nuts, caramelized almonds and hints of cardboard and peppermint. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny astringent, boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred wood, brazil nuts, caramelized almonds, bourbon alcohol, peppermint and hints of cardboard. Clearly oxidized, especially in the smell which is a pity, but this still puts on a malty nutty show. Iíve tried to catch this for some time now and Iím sad I didnít succeede until now. Most likely much better a few years ago.
Marsiblursi (3052) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours hazy orange red with a small head. The aroma holds efter eight chocolate (mint and dark, tart chocolate), oxidized leather notes, syrup, some wood and fairly deep malt. The flavour is medium sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic with nuts, caramel, mint, alcohol, light wood, syrup and bitter hop. The mouthfeel is numbing and clean, yet somewhat soft with a light to medium carbonation. Medium to full bodied.
Homer321 (2617) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the rotter via trade. Pour is nearly flat with only a very tiny head that dies quickly. A maple like booziness that reminds me of marshmallows and booze. A honey malt sweetness to the aroma underneath. Holy wowsers. Taste is initially moderate vanilla and honey then a touch of boost Unfortunately, then the malt kind of falls flat with a light peppery finish. Iím afraid this is just past its prime, but still a very good treat nonetheless. Papery oxidation is low to medium unfortunately, which I think is why the malt dies out. overall glad I drank it and Iíll finish the glass :)
Ed5388 (2515) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle generously given to me by dmac! Thanks bro! Pours a hazy burnt orange color with almost no head. Aroma of strong boozy bourbon, caramel, maple syrup, and candied oranges. Taste of dry oak, bourbon, caramel, grass, with a maple aftertaste, and light oxidation. Held up nicely! Glad I had the opportunity to try this!
bytemesis (4464) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy deyholla - thanks! Pours cloudy rich amber with tons of clumpy protein floaties. Tiny mostly secondary beige head lingers as a brush on the surface generating some lacing. Aroma is rich malty, butterscotch, bourbon, perhaps a touch of cardboard. Flavor is malty and rich, fully sweet, light finishing bitterness, butterscotch, salt water taffee, bourbon, vanilla. No real maple left, but I think it influences some of the unidentified easter candy notes I am picking up. Fullish body, creamy mouthfeel, Fairly hot. Some oxidization for sure, but pretty tasty after all this time.
ryanfolty (2050) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
May 19, 2014 - bottle via trade. Brownish orange pour with limited head and some sediment. Aroma was sweet maple, bourbon, caramel and some vanilla. As it warmed, then the wood came out in the aroma. Taste still had quite a bit of sweetness, but also was very woody. The bourbon was strong in the aroma, but was rather tame in the taste. Little bit of dry alcohol in the finish. Smooth drinking and full bodied.