boFNjackson (4006) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured dark, dark brown (almost opaque) with smallish, tan head. Iím sure the Rare BCS that stained those barrels probably contributed to the dark hue this barleywine put off. Dark sugars, huge whiskey flavor. Almost more bourbon character than any other beer that I can remember recently. Wood, alcohol warmth, vanilla, caramel, toffee, any kind of dark, toasted sweetness imaginable.
zathrus13 (1684) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours brown, with a very small, light brown head. Aroma is caramel, bourbon, vanilla, fruit, wood, and alcohol. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, alcohol, wood, and malt. Long finish, mostly sweet. Medium to heavy body. Fantastic.
JoePeesie (853) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I did not think this beer was anything amazing at FoBAB, but then I tried it again from the bottle after the release. A very solid BW, I like the spin and flavor that aging this beer in barrels previously used to age Rare gave the beer. It really added a nice undeplayed woody, bourbony flavor to the beer. IMO this beer is best enjoyed on a cold night at room temperature.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/18/12. 22oz bottle thanks to Tim! Dark amber pour with basically no head. Nice barrel aroma with vanilla, butter, coconut, wood, and sweet, dark fruits. Sweet, fruity flavor with dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, wood, and more lingering sweetness. Awesome aroma, but the flavor hits a bit sweet for me. All around, pretty tasty.
DalzAle (1899) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to woodchopper on BA. Dark tan pour, very little carbonation and a wonderful aroma of caramel, and a little woody bourbon and light sugar. Flavor was incredibly mellow malt & wood, bourbon, vanilla, slightly silky sweet sugar and incredibly smooth for being 13+%. God damn this was a wonderful surprise, I didnít expect it to be this good.
hamilton23 (592) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with 48fanincali. Poured from 22oz bottle. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon and dried fruits. The taste follows the nose with lots of great sweetness, a nice mix of bourbon and vanilla. This was really tasty.
48FanInCali (651) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hybrid my ass. This is an English BW through and through. Fairly dark ruby/brown pour with a short lasting head that leaves a rim of lacing. Nose of toffee, bourbon, rye, and caramel. Taste is bourbon, toffee, sweet malt, and a touch of vanilla and rye. Clean on the palate and a touch thinner than I expected
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dcschiller (2200) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(22oz bottle. Bottle on 10.08.11). Pours a clear garnet color with thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel. Taste is sweet with brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, molasses, and light bourbon. The treatment is not overdone and very complimentary to the base beer. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Smooth finish. An awesome beer.
beernbourbon (1249) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample enjoyed at bbbb in STL. Pour is deep. rich-looking brown with a medium light brown head. Aroma is very malt with hints of brown sugar, toffee, faint spice, and a touch of vanilla. Flavor is great: full bore toffee malt with a hint of vanilla and a touch of brown sugar. So rich and smooth. Just a great barleywine.
MBrausen (69) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Dougofthefuture for holding this tasting!
Poured from a bomber into a snifter.
A. This beer pours a nice dark caramel color with a reddish hue, nice half finger head, consistent bubbles stemming from the center of the glass, , good retention of a thin layer all the way through the glass.
S. The smell is extremely sugary, very sweet, sweet alcohol and obvious whiskey overtones.
T. Taste is extremely sweet. Lots of sugar, heavy chocolate, oak, some vanilla , and a hint of whiskey.
M. It feels thick and chewy, a wet taste with a dry after taste. I feel like this beer covers up how thin the body actually is with the super sugary after-taste. I feel like it is thinner than it is. Medium body
O. Overall this is a very good beer. This is the way barrel aging should be done. Lots of oak/chocolate/vanilla from the barrel, and only mild alcohol taste to compliment itís finish. That being said, this was an extremely sweet beer, to the point where I donít think I could ever finish a bottle alone. It was very overbearing. I felt like I was a kid eating direct from the mixer at a bakery. It was very pure and raw sugar tasting. This beer is very good, but I think it is over-hyped.