Gription79 (2781) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle thanks to Craig. Lots of vanilla, wood, burnt sugar, malty, and hints of raisin. A great big malty/bourbony beer. What a treat, thanks Craig.
Frank (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is for those who like huge barrel character. Practically as dark as a stout. Big, sticky, w/ loads of vanilla. A slow sipper for sure. Comparable to a liqueur or port wine.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Lunch.
Pours a dark copper-caramel color with a good off-white head. The nose brings some very smooth bourbon. So smooth. Great vanilla and caramel in the background. Flavor hits smooth bourbon and light oak tannin. Body is incredibly smooth with a great bourbon character. Really delicious. Absolutely fantastic beer.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle thanks to GRG1313. Great Stuff! Pours with a clear bronze hue and a tan head atop. Aromas are of brown sugar, caramelization, wood, oak, molasses, maple, barrel, vinous, cola and bourbon. Flavors show a lot of caramelization as well, bourbon barrel, cola, vanilla. Sweet but very good and somewhat balanced by alcohol and tannin (mild). Thick, light bubbles. Extremely good!
egajdzis (5860) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Red brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, tons of vanilla, wood, basically the really sweet nose that youíd expect in a 23 yr Pappy, with just a little bit of alcohol. Taste was also sweet, with honey, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, wood, and light alcohol. Really a fantastic barleywine.
AdamChandler (4189) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had this at a tasting. Itís the 2011 bottle poured at around room temperature into a brandy snifter. I let it sit for about 5 minutes before sipping.
A - This poured a 1 finger head, lots of amber in this beer that is more of a deep dark amber. Gorgeous beer. I couldnít stop staring at it against the light.
S - Very sweet burned brown sugar on the nose. Lots of oak and whiskey hints (probably from the barrels it was placed in). I get some hops but not a lot. I get bananas as well and that was a delicious surprise.
T - Bananas, honey, sugar and Grocery Store Waffle Syrup was all in this. Iím getting some walnuts and that delicious whiskey aftertaste.
M - Lots of foam in this beer when you swish, itís heavy and the alcohol really lingers for a while.
O - This is an amazing beer. So many delicious fruits and yet so alcohol tasting from the barrel aging.
MiamiRedhawk (12) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is really great barley wine, came with a snifter, very complex aroma, you can definitely taste the alcohol in the beer.
boFNjackson (4198) - 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 (1761) - 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 (923) - 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.