bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a medium cream head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, oak, raisins, and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, oak, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, and vanilla.
Dogbrick (11621) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at GABF 10/11/2012, thanks to Bluemeow76 for assistance with note-taking. Cloudy dark brown color with a medium khaki head and short strings of lace. Aroma of chocolate and bourbon. Medium to full body with flavors of bourbon, cocoa and malt. The finish is chocolatey with a mildly boozy aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Multiple pours at GABF. Brown pour. Wow. Chocolate, cinammon, tofee, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, light spice from the hops. Flavor is sweet and rich. So much delicious notes both from the base beer and barrels. Vanilla rich, toffee, oak, brown sugar, snickerdoodle cookies. Yes!
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF. Probably had about five or six tastes during my two days. Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a smallish brown head. Huge aroma of thick, rich chocolate along with notes of coffee, caramel, toffee, and whiskey. Flavor is more of the same with a ton of rich, tasty chocolate, mild toffee, vanilla, and light wood. Very nice stuff!
deyholla (10216) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from the tap at 2011 FOBAB. Poured a near clear deep brownish amber with a light brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of chocolate with a hint of spice and barrel, but mainly chocolate. Flavor was similarly chocolatey with a bit of spice coming out but not much else. Nice and smooth on the tongue.
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour on tap at GABF, dark brownish red pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of big dark chocolate, chili notes, hints of bourbon and oak, slight vanilla, caramel and toffee notes hints of cookie in there as well. Taste is a nice mix of dark chocolate, roast, coffee notes into nice chili, vanilla, oak, slight bourbon notes in there, finishing fairly sweet, chocolate forward and roasted, oaky.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2012. Pours with a hazy deep brown hued body with a large tan head. Aromas are of bourbon, brown sugar, cocoa, ashy, lightly spicey, vanilla, earthy and nutty. Flavors show a bit of heat, vanilla, cocoa, bourbon and vanilla. Peppery. Lively carbonation and palate with a spicy finish.
jredmond (7671) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at GABF 2012 with Andrew & Sofia. Pours a deep murky brown body with tan lacing. Aroma is super sweet chocolate, light bourbon, cocoa, spice, maple and toffee. Mouthfeel is creamy with notes of sweet chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, maple, and cocoa. A great, BA barley wine.
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Missed this at FoBAB, excited to see it on. Pours a fairly brownish pour, some lighter glowing essence, but largely opaque and darker. A decent frothy tannish head dies to a smaller ring, laces small. Aromas are tons of cocoa, a load of dark cocoa, bakers chocolate, and some sweeter milk chocolate. Toffee, biscuits, mellow oaky vanilla and spirit barrel. Touches of coconut, more oak, spirit, and vanilla. Initial is a rich flavors and medium bodied, offering healthy caramel and toffee, mixing with a deep dark cocoa regime, some milk chocolate, bakers cocoa. Sweet up front, dying out in the middle. Barrel offers Bourbon spirit, heat, a good dose of vanilla. Some gentle peppery spice moves into the fold in the backend. Chiles are mild, yet growing, synergy with the ABV element. Dry, inviting, with a lot of sweet heavier body ahead of it. Nice beer. Mellow spice, healthy tannins, heat from spirit and peppers. Lots of dark cocoa, mellow sweetness lingers. A good and interesting beer. Lovely barrel aged barleywine with some good elements to add complexity.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
FoBAB 9. Tepid, translucent chestnut, no head, no life. Woody nose is light pepper, rather green in the spices and pukey(?), very sweet with considerably too much vanilla. Flavor even sweeter, vanilla sweetness nearing wort levels here save for the light pepper and wood. Thin and hot, my tongue is battered with each 2/5 oz sip. This winning shows how far behind most beer-drinkers still are.