orangesol (601) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden.
A - Pours pitch black with a one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving no lace at all down the glass.
S - Smell of mild bourbon, caramelized brown sugar, vanilla, fresh baked toffee, dark fruits and some mild booziness. Smells great, just gets a little too boozy at the end, some more time should help that out.
T - Starts off with the combo of sweets - Mainly the vanilla, brown sugar and toffee - quickly giving way to a mix of dark fruits, oak and warming bourbon. Finish is still pretty sweet with a smooth hit of warming booze, lingering on the palate long after the finish. The flavors are well integrated and the bourbon isn’t over the top which is nice.
M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel with less alcohol than I was expecting which is always a plus.
O - It is no KH so people can stop with that, it is however a really nice BA barleywine. It has everything I love in a BA Barleywine and it was still fairly easy to finish. I am going to need to get a few bottles of this before its all gone.
JustDrinkIt (213) - Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour, almost no head. Aroma of raisin, bourbon, toffee, vanilla.
Flavor is more bourbon, creamy caramel, and alcohol.
ericdevin (570) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Patrick via unknown. Pour a medium darkness, little to no head, aroma caramel, toffee, sweetness. Body full and lively, finish leans heavily on bourbon with a caramel sweetness lingering. Nice but not incredible.
jkwalking05 (3391) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle at the Public House (The Venetian LV). Deep brown in color with an average sized tan head. Aroma is of heavy wood, bourbon, brown sugar, toffee, chocolate. Taste is like sucking on a bourbon barrel stave. Flavors of black pepper, brown sugar, honey, toffee, umami follow with notes of raisin and dates as well.
WillDunn (10) - - MAR 10, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh on tap and in bottle. I love BCBS so it is no surprise that I love this BCB Barleywine. It's got a lot of the BCBS flavor, some sweetness and less heft than the stout version of the family. Its desirably thinner.
EamonTheGreat (65) - USA - MAR 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured out of a 12oz ottos into a sniffer. This beer is ripe with bourbon countyesque flavor. The bourbon is strong throughout with hints of barley and vanilla. A great smooth taste through and through. A special beer to say the least.
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MotherBrother (642) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is murky dark brown, with some fizzy bubbles as head.
The nose on this bad boy is to die for. God damned beautiful!! Plenty of dark fruits, wet wood, bourbon, banana, coco, "wild" strawberries? caramel. Pretty delicious indeed!
The taste is pretty sweet. Just the way I like my BW. (faint roasted bitter notes, but mainly sweet)
Slick and oily mouthfeel, plenty of fizzy carb. compared to an english style BW. Slight heat in the throat... Is KH’s little brother, or is this the biggest of the two? - Thanks to Mr. Dunt for sending me this.
czar (3671) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours unclear dark brown, red tint, with a small creamy light beige head, some retention and lacing. loads of coconut, strong woodsy notes - some tannins, scotch-like smokiness, milk chocolate, caramelized hazelnuts, cherries, burnt caramel, raisins, booze, chalk, minerals, nail polishy. moderate to low carbonation, full body - oily, sticky, very syrupy, sweet yet bittering grassy-spicy-woodsy finish. way too much barreling molecules here. overwhelming but still a complex and tasty bw..
Jamesthebrit (177) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Roasty sweet on the aroma. Boozy malty.
Pours looking dark amber brown. Like really dark. Almost black. Maybe like a porter color.
Holy shit there is no doubt about the reputation behind his beer. Amazing taste. Roasty. Sweet. Boozy. Malty. Grape. Raisin. Insanely complex yet very smooth. Goes down well.
Super heavy on the palate. Smooth. Boozy but not too bad. A little too sweet.
Why does this have to be owned by ab InBev ??? Insanely complex. Amazing execution. I thought this should be good but this beer is amazing. A must try.
mathieuc (924) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a small offwhite rim that offers some really light lacing. Nose is of raw coconuts, almost like a tanning booth. Some wood and alcohol also. Taste is sweet and provides some really satisfying chocolate-covered caramel flavors. Coconut/bourbon is also in there but in a well-behaved manner. Body is of course full, carbonation moderate. Mouthfeel is thick and alcohol does warm a little but a whole lot less than expected. A really nice dessert!
Goodgrief (1740) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Pinnocchio’s. Much better than BCS. Less bourbony and more balanced. Super sweet but amazingly complex...notes of vanilla, fig and tobacco amid the strong chocolate and fruit flavors. A small glass is enough, but worth a try.