msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the top 2 or 3 beers at Fobab in my opinion. Pours murky dark brown with small tan head. Aromas of bourbon, sweet caramel and toffee, vanilla, and some booze. Flavors of oak, bourbon, sweet caramel, toffee, mild coconut, some fruit, and good amount of booze. Not overpowered by the barrel at all. Awesome beer and the best barley wine I had that day.
Pailhead (4242) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap (FoBAB 2011) : The aroma has lots of caramel, toffee, mild coconut, a touch of chocolate, and some alcohol heat. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige ring for a head. The flavor starts with moderate caramel, fruit, and toffee. The finish has notes of vanilla, coconut, mild bourbon, and a touch of oak. Itís full bodied with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Overall, itís tasty, but best for me in small doses.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at FoBAB 9. Pours a deep and murky toffee brown with a thin head. Nose is big and sweet, some faint hop notes come out but more vanilla and coconut. The hops and slight oxidation keep it well rounded. On tasting, this is a huge beer. Lots of malt depth and sweetness. More of the vanilla and coconut but it manages to not be generic. Plums and figs as well. Bitterness is supportive. Really tasty stuff. Kind of reminds me of Wooden Hell.
seymour (1261) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted at Goose Island brew pub in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Labelled as Barrel-aged Barleywine on chalkboard. True-to-style, I suppose, but otherwise unmemorable. To be honest, I couldnít taste any wood-aged characteristics. Iíd be less annoyed if it werenít so overpriced.
1FastSTi (3235) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Initial impression: this beer is too young. Tap at Sugar Maple. The beer pours to a rusty brown body with no head. The flavor is sweet. Almost a subtle banana bread. Sweet sugary maple brown sugar, molasses, and subtle nougat. The aroma is malty with some tobacco notes. Unfortunately, its fairly lacking in aroma. Perhaps it needs some more carbonation. The palate is sticky sweet and medium bodied. Cola flavor on the finish was noticed.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown amber color aroma of toffee malts and just a zing of a fruit, flavor is rich malting,evident hops,at least more then a strict English BW, a very surprising take on the style well done, no evidence of barrel aging,but I was informed there shouldnt be,at least of the keg i had
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 A: A very rich mahogany red. Little carbonation, barely a ring on the outer perimeter of the glass.
S: Really sweet, lots of malts, spice, bread, pit fruit e.g. plum maybe peach and bourbon. Is there some nutmeg in there?
T: Similar to the smell, very sweet. I can feel the carbonation and taste it. This beer is not flat, although it does appear to be. The spices are very prevalent in the taste along with big, yet subtle bourbon notes. I am getting some oak here as well.
M: Oily yet thick thus very smooth. Coats the mouth perfectly.
O: Very well done. I was expecting a not so great barleywine yet this was phenomenal. I am beginning to realize that I love almost all of GIís special beers. Canít wait for the bottling.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 Dark brown with a deep amber hue, a thin tan ring stays forever... The nose is super malty,TONS of dark fruits have me confused. Is this a quad wannabe?... Taste is way way way to sweet, generic candy syrup sweet, some tofee, no hops or bourbon at all... If you want a sweet bw get this, but its a pass for me
re-rate latest version from the bottle, aroma is outstanding tastes good as well
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2012 Draft at last years GI tap invasion at hopleaf. This version was not aged in the used BCS rare barrels. Found the notes of this and now thereís a listing of this beer. pours dark ruby with small soapy off white head, nose of plums and grapefruit, flavors of raisin brown sugar small vanilla, thin body syrupy sweet finish, did not enjoy this at all. 3.1
bottle. Pours dark ruby with white small head nose big dark fruit, burnt
smoked caramel, toasted nuts, vanilla bursts, some coconut, flavor
sweet dark fruit vanilla bursts through some charred barrel and
chocolate nibs, loads of raisin on the backend, really smooth and
complex touch sweet but really tasty stuff. 4.3
MIBRomeo (2460) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Off brown pour wispy tan head. English style aroma toffee heavy light hops some sweet syrups. Full creamy palate. Syrupy sweet toffees caramel, lots of malt light roast lightly bitter and clean finish. This stuff is delicious.