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 (3483) - 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 (3879) - 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 (2559) - 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.
HonkeyBra (3370) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at FoBAB 2010. Murky brown pour with tan head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, plums and other dark fruits. Bourbon, vanilla, oak as well. Flavor is strong oak and slight hop bitterness, combines with ripe fruit and caramel. Some sweet malt. Medium to full bodied, nice carbonation. Pretty delicious.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2012 Sampled at fobab 2010. Pours a dark brown with a small tan froth. Aroma is sweet, fruity cherry and wood notes with some sweet chocolate and other sort of sugary candies. Flavor starts with with some bland cocoa characteristics before picking up some odd cider spicy and fruity notes. Some dark fruit and and oak in the finish. Medium to medium full body and a soft carbonation. Eh, kinda strange balance.
Rerate bottle 2011. This is much better now! Rich and dark fruits cocoa nice rich English character, boozy to just the right level for warmth with the bourbon nicely in place.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample @ FoBAB. Pours murky brown. Dark fruit, caramel, bourbon in aroma and flavor. Sweet and syrupy. Average.
phaleslu (6497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 Draft sample at FOBAB 2010. Pours a cloudy orange-brown color with a small khaki head. Notes of caramel malts, raisins, plums, sugar, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Medium-full bodied, with a sweet, malty mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Lots of booze and sweetness. Delivers exactly what it promises. Re-Rate: The bottled version of this is considerably better. Really nice barleywine with really nice bourbon barrel treatment. Nothing unusual; just one of the best at what itís doing.
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2012 sampled at GTMW 2010. gettin late in the day with this one so here goes... pours a murky/muddled caramel brown accompanied with a thin light beige head... aroma/flavors contained a bunch of dark fruits, caramel with too much residual sweetness that made it seem somewhat underattenuated. a little too cloying for me to thoroughly enjoy. barrelness wasnít too assertive.
Earlier Rating: 6/10/2010 Total Score: 3.1
Snifter at hopleaf... Poured a dark cloudy and opaque dark cola
brown with a thin soapy tan head...Aroma of Flavors of sweet
sacharine dark fruit semi-messy and not too refined. A little flabby
and lacks refinement with very little barrel. Lacking in the barrel
standpoint. Syrupy and very malt-forward and not too appealing
on tap today, 11/25/11, at the brewpub for black friday. this has no resemblance of its former self other than appearance. a ruddy mostly opaque reddish brown tint with a thin to medium very light beige head that is quick to recede.... bourbon toffee caramel and dark fruity nose. very nice barrel impartations, somewhat sweet, but showing some added depth with the deeper caramel and chewy toffee while hints of raisin and figs flirt underneath... flavors are more of the same with as much character and richness like the aforementioned aroma. hard to detect any heat so it went down smoothly. the barrel notes were not overdone and paired well with the base beer. just shy of medium bodied with a light carbonation. def an improvement from what i had on prior occasions.