scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
98 vintage. Goodness. This beer was brewed when I got married. That’s perspective. Sherry nose, amazed in the complexity between caramel and wood. Sublime, more impressed at how this beer as stood up, velvet as a fine port, melodic. Visceral. Wood note has crescendoed, and the bourbon seems to have become sweeter and condensed and taken on notes of cherry. Applause all around.
trevor211 (1404) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver ’12. Pours a dark orange. Grain, fruits, and bourbon on the nose. Lots of bourbon. It’s hot, it’s fruit, and what’s that note... bubble gum! Bizarre. Tasty, but... hmm. Odd.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark hazy amber with little head. Smell is fruity, dark fruit, bit of alcohol, lighter smells as well. Taste is a bit fruity with alcohol on the end. Bitterness and some malt sweetness, some caramel. Decent carbonation and drinkability. Ok
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: Brewed in 1998 and aged five years including a year in a bourbon barrel. Wonderful bourbon aroma. Nice malt backing. Awesome balance. One of the best beers I've ever had. Phenomenal. I'd give this one an '11' for flavor if I could. (Note: This beer took 2nd place in the festival.)