Reynolds314 (2239) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 7, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ok.. Im not normally a barley wine fan but this beer is amazing. Toffee, vanilla, maple, light toast and medium sweetness with amazing aromas and flavors. One of the best beers ive ever had. Drink it!
Ernesto987 (3572) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 6, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Ok this was ridiculous. This shouldnt be currency, this is an amazing toasted toffee barleywine. Not overly sweet but with amazing flavors.
MeadMe (1284) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Sean T and the Chicago crew for the sample. Wonderful rich sweet aroma. Subtle fruit with notes of candy and maple. Mwonderful sweetness. Loads of vanilla and maple. Sherry like sweetness with loads of caramel and summer fruits. The best beer I have had in quite sometime.
jcnielsen (2001) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma- chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor - chocolate and bourbon.
SirADNielsen (8948) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2014 Bottle @ home, courtesy of fortsambo- a very generous, local friend. Thanks for providing this for JetsonFest II. Dark reddish purple appearance with a disappearing, cream colored head. Really, very nice caramel/toffee/whiskey, oaky, sweet caramel, red fruity aroma with no sign of booze. Quite good so far. Thick dark caramel malty, rich chocolate, super smooth whiskey/oaky/vanilla, dark red fruity flavor. Tons of caramel, chocolate, and whiskey and you can definitely see the BCS Rare influence but I think I may prefer FW Abacus and Kuhnhenn BBBW. Really a fine beer- glad this made an appearance at JetsonFest II.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours solid black no head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, liqueur, roasted malts. Flavour as above, dark fruits, lots of vanilla. Full bodied, well balanced, beautiful.
mcberko (6018) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a dark, dark amber brown with a tiny ring of tan head. Aroma of bourbon barrels, vanilla, sweet sherry-like liqueur, caramel / toffee, and a sort of English malt character. Flavour is incredibly rich and complex - with vanilla, dark fruits, sherry liqueur, caramel and toffee, bourbon barrels, and subtle English malt qualities. Quite complex, though quite cloying in sweetness. Delicious in small quantities. Very good, though too sweet and certainly overrated.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: March 24, 2012
Source: Tasting, HMOG
Appearance: clear dark brown, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet chocolate and bourbon aroma, caramel and vanilla sweetness
Flavor: rich bourbon flavor, chocolate candy, caramel, vanilla, hot caramel
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: ***+ /4
BBB63 (5962) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initial rating FoBAB 2011 and since in bottle: Deep ruddy brown with some reddish highlights topped by a small but lasting off-white head with good lace and some oily legs. The aroma has a big vanilla bean , bourbon, oak, roast, toast, golden molasses, fruit cake and rye bread vapours. Earthy and leathery esters as well. The taste starts with mind numbing sweet malts and bourbon overtones supported dark fruits, dark breads, mild oak, cleansing alcohol, and constant mild herbal hop bitterness. Much like a classic English Barley wine, the sweetness and old school oxidization adds to a be rounded and complex palate. The mouth feel is wonderfully sticky, oily, lush and warming... a great sipper! This is so YUMMY, my favorite at the fest and the bottle did nothing to change my mind. GET YA SOME!!
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2012 22oz poured into snifter, shared with great company. This is unbelievably good. Aroma is wicked. Toasted marshmallow, bourbon, vanilla, biscuit, caramel. Head is gone in 5 seconds. Beautiful hue; reddish mahogany. Flavor is outstanding. Never tasted a bourbon barrel aged brew that’s so balanced. Chewy caramel, toasted coconut, exquisite bourbon (thanks Pappy!), raisin, charred oak, dark chocolate. New top 5 beer.
Edit 10/23/12: this is definitely a perfect beer for me. In the five months since I first tried it, flavors have mellowed ever so slightly and more nuances have emerged. I pray I can land another bottle or two to try after another year. Best beer I’ve had the pleasure of drinking.