peteinSD (1435) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Tim - thanks! Pours a clear but very dark brown with red hues and a ring of tan foam on the edges of the glass. Steady and active carbonation. Aroma is dominated by bourbon with vanilla and coconut, a slight but biting underlying alcohol edge, and rich, compound raisin and toffee notes in the background. Damn! As good as the aroma is the taste is better with thick and luxurious bourbon (prolonged vanilla/coconut), a pleasant contrasting edge from the alcohol, and dense malt and raisin flavors in the finish. The base barley wine beer is buried deep under the bourbon. Mouthfeel is coating and smooth. Excellent sipping beer and definitely worth seeking out if you enjoy a huge bourbon presence.
mar (5064) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle shared at rbwg ’12. deep brown with a cream head. sweet, sticky, malts, caramel, dough, and smoke. excellent on the palate, sweet, caramel, sticky, yum.
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - APR 13, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours deep brown with amber and red hues, an aggressive pour rendered only about a half finger of light tan head that quickly diminished to a whispy film, there is no lacing to speak of. Big pungent sweet nose, big dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, roasted malt, notes of dough, I also pick up some berry with a bit of booze at the end. The flavor is pretty close to the nose. First sip I get nice notes of plum, caramel, cocoa, raspberry, hints of bourbon, sweet malt with a warming alcohol finish. The carbonation is light and tingly, with a big sticky body. What a treat!
BoBoChamp (5757) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2012 65cl, at 13.4%Vol, new exclusive American brew Anno 2011, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex brew, sweet/malty and slightly alcoholic/woody, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew, yet very expensive!, WOW!
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BIG thanks to MordorMongo on BA for hooking me up with this one. Poured from 22oz bomber to brandy snifter:
Pours like a cup of fresh, black Colombia roast - barely any sense of clarity, and just a wisp of tan foam. No real lacing but thick, sexy legs.
The nose is huge - caramel, raisins, whiskey, toffee, dark fruits, really pungent stuff. I can smell it sitting on the table in front of me. Little bits of cinnamon almost if you really look for it.
The taste is nearly orgasmic. The booze isn’t nearly as pronounced as I’d heard from others, especially given its 13+ ABV. The whiskey character shows itself without too much heat, but still warming in the throat. There’s sweet syrup, raisin, fig, little booze, oak, maybe some dessert pudding or something? Evolving as it warms. Splendid.
The mouthfeel is nice and thick, like motor oil. The concluding flavors definitely cling on stubbornly, which isn’t a bad thing at all. Given its high ABV, drinkability is quite high.
Overall, very glad to have had the opportunity to try this one. I hope Goose Island takes a stab at this concept again in the future, bravo!
TheHawBeerClub (9) - USA - APR 12, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Barleywine with a strong feel of bourbon which this was fermented in 23 year ild barrells of top bourbon out there. I enjoyed it after the fifth sip. Dry to the palate with non lacing head and sweet aroma. Not a drink fast beer. How can u consider this beer when its more hard liquor and wine then beer. On that note a barleywine is what it is. 100% rating gets a 4.6 from me on ratebeer.com. I did enjoy it mostly.
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ekoerper (596) - Iowa, USA - APR 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: sweet caramel and toffee, oak, toasty, bready malts, dark fruits. Lots of barrel character, pleasant bourbon with a hefty dose of alcohol. Pours a deep ruby/brown color, thin tan head with decent retention, leaves little lacing. Flavor: bourbon and warming alcohol are very forward, big rich malt profile - dark sugars and fruits, toffee, toast, slightly nutty. Malt character is balanced well by alcohol and hop bitterness, it never really gets excessively sweet. Big barrel presence - oaky and plenty of bourbon. Full body, low-medium carbonation. Great brew, seemed overly sweet and boozy at first, but I thought it was very complex and well balanced as it warmed a bit.
MarinaMarket (233) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What can I say? Unreal. Yes, I can taste the barrel’s history, smooth as can be, well balanced, and the grand daddy of barrel - aged barley wine style ales. Dark fruit, molasses, chocolate. Cherries,. Very complex yet so approachable. Beautiful. Tasted from the bottle @ 60°F.
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is a dark brown with tiny head which thins quickly. Aroma is exactly like bourbon county stout - bourbon, vanilla, molasses, booze. Taste is also very similar to BCS - more sweet molasses, bourbon, and booze evident but very drinkable, mouthfeel typical of a barley wine. A great beer but definitely apparent was placed in used BCS barrels. Nonetheless a great beer as is BCS.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2012 22oz bottle - 2011 vintage.
Deep amber brew with some tan head. I could smell this beer all day - aromas of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, chocolate, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Crazy complex, especially as it warmed. Flavor is just as good - brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, and tons of bourbon. Wow!