PhillyCraft (2578) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany pour with medium sized head and lacing. Color of the foam was khaki. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, sugar, sweetness, oak, and grain. Flavor was much of the same with a lot of bitter tasting hops coming through. More of a triple ipa or a really hoppy barleyine if u ask me. Medium to full mouth. The B.a version was a lot more balanced and drinkable then regular.
Steve_0 (1926) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL at the parentals with my dad, bottle in 2011. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Big bourbon, caramelly, bready, oxidized, raisiny, toffee, figgy, plummy, slightly earthy, and sherry aroma. Taste is big figs, dates, sweet cherries, caramel, huge bourbon, wood, toffee, and tangy with a slight alcoholic bite on the backend. Creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. I definitely prefer the original and this one is way overpowered by the barrel.
TBone (11281) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 750ml PBFVIII 11.8%
Hazy nut brown color, small steady off-white head. Alcohol, berries, vanilla, whiskey in the nose. Full-bodied. Lots of hops, wood and alcohol. Vanilla notes, sweetish. A bit young and straightforward alcoholic but a good beer.
Koelschtrinker (9467) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dunkel malziger, deutlich süßer Antrunk. Dennoch sehr süffig, schokoladig werdend. Süffig süß bleibend, karamelliger, holzig, sehr weich. Gut! 11/12/12/11/11/11
Minderbinder (1287) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours burgundy with low beige head.Good lacing. Aroma is of whiskey, caramel, malt, sugar. Taste is of malt, slight bitterness. Palate: Medium body. Overall: Not bad at all. Slightly cloying, but a pretty good sipper.
tom10101 (1819) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (750 ml). Shared by Jean-Michaël, thanks! Deep amber with a small beige head and small lacing. Aroma is interesting with toffee, caramel, oak, fruity notes, some sweetness and bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet with oak, toffee, wood, bourbon and fruits. Warming alcohol. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Good Barley Wine. Not as complex as the best of the style, but definitely enjoyable. A lot of wood in there. Surprisingly not as well balanced as most of Great Divide products (Yeti series, for example, is a example of balance).
czar (3253) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours hazy brown-reddish with a light beige cap, some retention and lacing. fruity and caramel-ish malts, touch of chocolate, vanilla bourbon, candied and drird dark red fruitiness, grass, pepper, soft oak tannins, bit of chocolate, few ashy notes. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily, some sweetness - not cloying though, grassy-spicy-oaky finish. enjoyed it!
JulienHuxley (2137) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep copper-red pour, nice lacing. Caramelized malt, toffee aroma, rich sweet fruity notes with lots and lots of candy bourbon aromas, vanilla. Taste is sweet, maybe a tad cloyingly so, nice bourbony warmth, quite woody. Palate is heavy, nice warming alcohol. Tasty.
jmagnus87 (2031) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Boozy with caramel and vanilla. Loads of bourbon and oak. Wow, I would love a bottle all to myself.
merc7186 (1469) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Dark Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Minimal Lacing
S: Mild Butterscotch, Mild Caramel, Mild Toffee
T: Caramel, Mild Butterscotch
M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy
Overall, definitely not worth the price of admission for 35/bottle.
olio (4815) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle (11.8% abv) @ PBF 2013. Bottle No. 3892.
Pours dark hazy orange color with a medium sized lasting head. Aroma of ripe fruits, sweet caramel, hops, vanilla, mild bourbon notes and faint toffee. Flavor of sweet caramel, ripe fruits, vanilla, bourbon and mild hops. Quite sticky sweet, but good, could age well.