jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber with a tan ring for a head. Aroma is caramel malts, Bourbon, vanilla and toffee. Flavor is sweet caramel malts, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar and oak. Has a very nice smooth finish with just enough bourbon. This beer is ready to drink now. Awesome barleywine.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. This is my kind of beer! I love it. I had no idea it would be this good or I would have hoarded so many bottles! The originator comes through, classic and well done barrel aging, not to strong in any area, equal rich dark chocolate, char, oak, bourbon, decadent caramel, some fading piney hops, very toasty, slightly acidic finish, delicious, so faintly sticky. Fizzy carbonation, easily drinkable, and so enjoyable
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottled on 10/8/11: Pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with deep copper amber edges and a thin covering of beige head. It may be the darkest barley wine I’ve ever had. Has a sweet complex dark caramel and toffee nose with dark fruity esters and plenty of bourbon and vanilla character. Starts with good fullness, mild carbonation and rich chewy dark caramel malts with some lightly oxidized brown sugar, raisin and butterscotch (not the diacetyl kind) notes before a slightly warming, sweet bourbon vanilla oaky finish. This has a lot of similarities to the Bourbon County Stout, but still has the distinctive characteristics of an aged English-style barley wine. I really hope they make this one of their regular offerings, although I’d prefer to see it in 12oz bottles.
Dogbrick (9156) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to pest for sharing a bottle. The beer pours a dark brownish-amber color with a medium light beige head that recedes to an outer ring eventually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla and dark malty. Rich and surprisingly smooth body with a subtle oaky bourbon character along with other spirits in the background. Flavors of vanilla, caramel malt, brown sugar and dark fruit as well. The finish is bourbon up front and leaves a figgy dark fruit aftertaste. Very good Barley Wine overall, not "hot" at all so I would be interested to try one that lays down a few years.
Mthhurley (2) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma on this BW is amazing and it’s backed up by an incredible backbone. This is a fabulous beer.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, almonds, smooth bourbon and a little licorice. Very dark brown hue with a small tan head that fully diminished and left no lace. Flavor is very sweet and lightly bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Overall a wonderfully sweet and delicious barely wine that you can eat with a knife and fork. The bourbon is very well integrated and smooth. It doesnt overwhelm like most but rather it blends perfectly and adds another wonderful dimension to an already complex brew. Very malty with very little bitterness. A wonderful brew on a cold winters night. This is probably the best example of a bourbon barely wine done well. The BCS Rare version of a barely wine. Loved it!
GranvilleTim (1767) - Granville, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark pour with a thin tan head that dissapated quickly. Aroma was figs, dark fruits, raisons,and bourbon. Taste was low carbonation, smooth, thick/chewy. raisons, figs and bourbon. This beer was as tasty from the first sip till the last. I am glad I have plenty to see how it ages.
eaglefan538 (2925) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 13% version, thanks to Robert at SL! The pour was a full brown color with some ruby to orange hues and edges, off white to tan colored head, decent lacing. The aroma was full molasses, chocolate, faint bourbon, honey, vanilla. The flavor was strong molasses, chocolate, butterscotch, bourbon, vanilla, and honey. Wood notes with some subtle pine hops? and fruit notes. A really interesting brew, although as it warmed it did get a tad sticky, but a cool concent and way better done than many a bourbon / barrell aged brew!
Hair6a11 (1423) - Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle ; Pour is murky dark brown with a hint of amber, I suppose. The head is murky beige - but fine bubbled and on the mediocre side, honestly. It eventually hazes this tulip. with some light and spotty lacing present? The nose, I believe, is the highlight on this one. Toasted oak, and vanilla / earthy tannins come through quite nicely. The flavor profile begins slightly bitter and a bit boozy as well. The flavor profile goes through a nice spectrum of toffee, raisins, booze, toasted oak, vanilla, and cocoa, really. There is a certain bitterness from the hop profile - but I’m not going to sit here and proclaim that im pulling piney notes and citrus. They take a huge backseat. Anyway - one of the nicer brews I’ve had this year, for sure
sherm1016 (1228) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, split with dwm1034. Pours a deep, dark, brown color with little to no head. A few little bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aroma is vanilla, oak, bourbon. Heavy on the palate with light, soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, bourbon, oak, vanilla, with a hint of stout, and a nice boozy finish. If I didn’t know this beer was aged in barrels previously used for aging stout, I’d be a bit confused. But it works...really, really well.