luttonm (3730) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in Seattle. Thanks Trev. Heavy, still, rich red-brown, small ring foam. Intense aroma of sweet, reduced syrup. Body is huge syrup rich, some soy, umami, cloying but fruitiness is countered by the great Bourbon County style barreling. tasty, but a bit hard to place.
riversideAK (5944) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darker fruit and sweeter toffees and caramels initially, decent amount of bourbon - vanilla oak and some faint roasty notes from the previous beer. Auburn pour, thin fizzy head. Flavors are very similar to the aroma, pretty sweet and hot. Body fizzles out and becomes somewhat flabby and thin.
VastActiv (4540) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Rattle and Hum, New York. Colour is slightly reddish black with almost no head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, vineous elements, some hints of berries and some malts. This is really slow sipper.
ARH (1049) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
17.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours with an oily and syrupy look and a deep, rich, dark brown mahogany hue and very little, thin, tan head that disappears quickly leaving no lace or retention. The aroma is sweet maraschino cherry with a candy raspberry / Chambord aroma. Notes of chocolate and milky, vanilla caramel come through late with a subtle wood, and nutty fudge late. The taste is highly berry sweet with just a medium bitter support. The texture is chewy and viscous with a syrupy feel and a faint, fuzz carbonation. The full body is a blend of warm caramel syrup, maraschino cherry, Chambord, and with an oak touch. A sweet tobacco finish is smooth with molasses and vanilla with a light alcohol warmth. The aftertaste is dry and clean with a resinous and alcohol feel and a hint of sweet dulce de leche.
lownote (429) - USA - JAN 29, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong tart red wine aroma. Taste is big and malty. Lots of tart flavor. Thick body. Its... okay? I don’t see the complexity.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3803) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 29, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep ruddy brown-black with a bourbon and lactic aroma - a bit of an off aroma. The taste is oaky bourbon tart cherries and chocolate. It reminds me of this chocolate cherry boozy bonbons. Good but not really barleywine like.
scarletfire65 (1242) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting at Hackney’s Printers Row. Deep brown with amber highlights. Dried fruits, oxidized sherry, ripe plum, prunes, vanilla, smoke, bourbon. Hot finish with an acidic twang.
GRM (3505) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample, 1-ounce, during the Great American Beer Festival, savoured on September 24 2015; eye: mahogany, semi-opaque, thin sheet of beige head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, molasses, light hops; mouth: roasted barley, molasses, light hops, light alcohol, finale in molasses, medium-full body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly bitter, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, 1 once, en fût, durant le Great American Beer Festival, savourée le 24 septembre 2015; œil : acajou, semi-opaque, mince couverture de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, mélasse, léger houblon; bouche : orge torréfiée, mélasse, léger houblon, léger alcool, finale en mélasse, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, légèrement amère, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : bien
Finhead (1484) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown pour with a tan head. The aroma has wood, vanilla, raisin, some red wine, and bourbon. It has a full body with slick texture and average carbonation. The taste is robust, smokey, and warm with subtle sweetness in the finish.
ljthiessen (973) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Brown pour with a small white head. Aroma is caramel and bread. Taste is the same, plus some dark fruits. Really well balanced and delicious. Some nice bourbon barrel character as well. Wow.