Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
FoBAB 2008, Chicago: The pregram says it was aged in "oak wine barrels" for eight months, not the "minimum of one year" mentioned in the commercial description here. This poured a headless clear amber. The aroma was toffee and caramel with a touch of earthy woodiness. Same with the flavor but having the addition of a light fruity tartness. No evidence of the strong ABV in the drinking. Okay.
joeneugs (5486) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at the Bistro Barrel aged fest 2010. It pours reddish orange with a khaki head. The aroma is of bourbon and wood. The flavor is nice rich dark fruit, especially cherries with some bourbon and caramel. Nice barleywine. I wish I had taken better notes!
SHIG (4386) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft: Poured a chocolate brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel malts, and bourbon. Taste is similar with lots of chocolate (which worries me about a BW), caramel sugary malt, and vanilla bourbon burn.
nickd717 (4108) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2009 On tap at Toronado for Barleywine fest ’09, then again at the Bistro in Hayward for Barrel Aged Fest ’09. This is another amazing barleywine from Alaska. Big Woody, huhhuh huhhuh (Butthead voice). Clear dark orangish-brown color with a nice beige head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, port, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Sweet and malty flavor with toffee, vanilla, bourbon, spiced cider, wood (huhhuh) and some hop bitterness. Really long finish. Medium-full body with a very smooth yet lively mouthfeel, really nails it on the palate. Alcohol present but not too dominant. I would like to encounter Big Woody again in the future - the beer I mean, definitely not the other kind.
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the 2004 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. This beer won as the best barley wine at the show. They were saying this was double barrel aged, with time in the oak wine barrels AND Jim Beam barrels. Murky orange/brown color with a nose of carmel, butterscotch and bourbon. Very smooth mouthfeel with noticable liquer alcohol when you exhale. Butter, vanilla, oak, bourbon, wine tanins and other flavors combine for an intense pleasure. Too bad this festival beer isn't more widely available.
IrishBoy (4087) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Bistro’s BA Fest; Nose of oaky vanilla, bourbon, and light tartness; orange-amber with a small offwhite head; flavor is bourbon, light tartness with contrasting fruity sweetness, and woody oak.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
FoBAB 2008. Poured a slightly hazy medium orange color with an off white head. Distinct oak and wine in the nose accompanied by cotton candy and caramel notes. Medium bodied and delicately sweet with mild bitterness. Distinct oaky red wine, caramel, and toasted bread flavors. Warming alcohol effect. Not bad.
Bulk_Carrier (3557) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Glacier brew house.
This was poured into a wine glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with no head and no lacing.
The smell had a big fresh boozy sweet vanilla. A light sweet woody traces my nose nicely.
The taste copied the smell and added a big boozy punch on my taste buds in the aftertaste.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly good sipping quality about it. The carbonation was smooth as a good barleywine should.
Overall, this was a pretty good barleywine that I would have again.
chibuck (3509) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft... my favorite barley wine at fobab... this should be the standard bearer for a barleywine that’s hoppy still but accented perfectly by barrels, try this
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Bistro BA Fest. Pours a bright, clear, viscous honey-amber-brown color; mixed-bubbled lacing with good retention and gorgeous, fine-bubbled lacing; great pour. Solid amounts of dried fruits, white pepper, brown sugar in the aroma; dry and basic barrel character. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: loads of toasty, charred oak, dried oranges and dried dark fruits, caramel and creamy malt goodness; nicely blended and toasty barleywine with just a touch of warming, soft alcohol; nice beer. Lengthy finish: bitter earthiness, chewy dried fruits and caramel; nicely balanced, limited sweetness.