jsquire (3561) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark beer with a thin brown head. Enticing buttery bourbon barrel and over ripe fruit nose. This is a great use of a barrel to enhance a very flavorful Barleywine. Densely layered dried fruit, oak, vanilla, bourbon, melted caramel, and a hint of leather and charred peat. This is a very nice beer.
pressboxjoe (206) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle into snifter. I had this one time this year on tap, served cold. This is more like 60 degrees, and oh! That is such a better temp. Black, oily, ring of head only, a slosh leaves plenty of rapidly dissipating tan bubbles. Typical funky barleywine aromas with charred wood and a hint of vanilla bourbon. Flavor blue-black-raspberry, tart grapes, very cherry, tons of bourbon and plenty of vanilla. Bit hotter than the stout. Delicious. I think I’d drink this beer room temp before I drank it ice cold again. Sweet, with slight bitter coffee aftertaste. I think I’m going to rerate the stout. Both good, but stout better.
blutt59 (6036) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at WF, muddy brown with good caramel foam, aroma is sweet caramel and bourbon whiskey, Flavors of malty caramel, chocolate , bourbon, graham crackers, malty finish a little hot
SHIG (3664) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Anchorage Dec ’14 Tasting: Poured a brown reddish with a light beige head. Aroma is sticky fruit and bourbon that is very pleasant to the nose. Taste sweet candy malts, bourbon, my teeth chatter and my pants bulge from this goodness in a bottle.
samsmith33 (402) - - DEC 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really nice. Not like a barleywine. Full, like a porter. Somewhat smokey. Taste is apple, red wine. Nutmeg, spicy.
Really nice. In flight with bourbon county stouts, 2013 2014.
tdeyoung24 (16) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as good as the original or the coffee variant in my opinion. Pours a dark murky brown with a small white head. Nice vanilla and bourbon aroma. A bit heavy mouthfeel.
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Mears (21) - - DEC 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost better than the original. I had two last year and am trying to find more this year.
ksoden1186 (2) - Anderson, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
For me, this is the perfect ba barleywine. Beautiful in the class. Wonderful aroma. Heavy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden. This might not be quite as great as vanilla rye, but it is still a beautiful incarnation in the BCBS lineup and one of the best you will ever try in the style.
AnokaBrewer (33) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sweet aroma. Dark brown to black in color. Sweet taste, lots of caramel flavor. Just the right amount of hops. Sweets caramel finish with a late bitterness. Very good beer and very true to style.
AWISLguy (1423) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from ck1 on Spit Cup weekend, share with JiM and ck1. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma has sweet vanilla, sweet fruits, some caramel. Taste is of sweet fruits, some caramel, some vanilla and definitely more bourbon. Full body just like the rest of these. Finish is sweetly bourbon-y with caramel and fruit. This is a very interesting take on the style still with the barrel aging yet with the fruity perspective - which is not the same as proprietor’s being very fruity. 14.8