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 thatís 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 Iíve had the pleasure of drinking.
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to whoever shared this fantastic BW with me at Hunahpu day. I really was impressed by the complexity of rich malt flavors, from plums and cherries to a molasses sort of syrupy quality. I had no idea this was supposed to be anything special when I drank it, but it was really good.
radagast83 (6678) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I missed out on this one a few weeks ago, and then my friend traded his remainder of bottles. For shame! Shock! Horror! Would I ever get a chance to try this one? Who knows! Then the almost unthinkable happened! Someone brought one to a tasting!
The pour was a hazy muddy red color with a small light brown head, almost wispy. Very little carbonation. Aroma was smooth, balanced dark fruits, with a toasted malt character with notes of vanilla and subtle bourbon notes. Flavor was... amazing. This one was so smooth, I mean SMOOTH. This was so enjoyable sipping away. Butterscotch, fruity, yum.
Borresteijn (6053) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
66cl Bottle at AHBS. Deep dark brown colour, off white head. Aroma is sweet, very malty, dark fruits, bourbon, oak, some pipe tobacco. Flavour is very sweet, malty, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, bittersweet finish. Fullbodied, very thick mouthfeel. Very good.
Tmoney99 (13005) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruity, toasted malt, alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.
ekoerper (599) - 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.
BoBoChamp (5755) - 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!
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.
MarinaMarket (252) - 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 barrelís 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 @ 60įF.
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 isnít nearly as pronounced as Iíd heard from others, especially given its 13+ ABV. The whiskey character shows itself without too much heat, but still warming in the throat. Thereís 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 isnít 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!