stumpyiliz (212) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #266 of 461. Year 08, bottle courtesy of Brewtopia!! Back to Colorado for my rating. Even though I’ve had this beer every year it’s been out I have never rated it. It seems fitting that I get a bottle from the first year to see how it handles the year of time.
I’ll say this, it’s time to start a vertical of this one.
Murky dark brown sugar pour. Still carbonated well and oxidized just right by the barrel aging. Lots of stuff left on the bottom of the bottle fr years of proper cellaring. Sweet malty smell. Nothing but grain, bourbon, oak and dried tree fruits. Taste is malty goodness into the dries tree fruits with an oakey, vanilla, bourbon tannin biting the tongue for several minutes after the first sip.
Don’t hesitate @ the 25-30$ price tag. U won’t be disappointed.
tectactoe (1058) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2014 Bottle: Dark, burnt brown & tan color with a nicely crafted, fine-bubbled, tan leather head on tap that lasts surprisingly long for a barley wine. Aroma is boozy & sweet; lots of oak, light vanillin, & warm, alcoholic lathered molasses. Little dark fruit essence; prunes & dates, covered in a bourbon-caramel drizzle. Taste has a larger malty caramel & toffee presence with deeper molasses underneath... More sweet & delicate than the aroma. Sweet, toasted brown sugar, grapes, raisins, prunes, & black cherries abound, all soaked in booze & coated in caramelized sugar. Bourbon is still lighter on the palate than the nose, however... Actually the oak itself overpowers the bourbon flavors... Lots of oak in this one, especially in the finish. Good inductions of vanilla, mild cinnamon, raisins, & sweet sugary dates in the aftertaste. Nice BA barley wine.
UDBeernut (1423) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle split the other night with my wife. pours hazy red amber, minimal cream hued head. vanilla, caramel and bourbon nose. mouth demnstrates much of the same with toffee and some oak. big creamy body, major boost.
swoopjones (5253) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sample at Food Bank bottle share. great beer, caramel colored pour, rich caramel & toffee maltiness, oaky, vanila & whiskey notes. vast flavors blend together very nicely. great beer
Ughsmash (6973) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle, 750 mL, #336/461. Poured clear, rich amber with a dusting of smoked beige head. The aroma picked up sweet and smokey aged bourbon, oak, and peppery alcohol.. touches of fig and licorice too.. more barrel than base beer, but it was solid. The flavor found spicy bourbon and vinous notes on the tip of the tongue.. warm licorice, vanilla, and dark fruits followed.. finished with peppery spice, bourbon, and aged malts. Heavy-bodied with low-ish carbonation.. coating, well-aged, and well-balanced. Loved it!
SrSilligoose (3091) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2014 2009 bootle. meaty old toffee. deep sweet whiskey boosted. little to no carbonation. warming booze. some dough. a bit too sweet. a touch too doughy. warming whiskey is swell enough. fine.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours nice dark amber with fleeting yellow foam. Nose is bourbon barrels, vitamins, burnt caramel. As it warms, it’s like cinnamon toast crunch - hella cool. Flavor is like a cinnamon bun - rich and sweet with caramel, dark malts and herbal/spice qualities. Really not doing justice with that sentence. Medium bodied with a simple syrup tone and reserved carb. Good beer, wish I would have bought some when I had the chance a couple years ago.
Serving type: bottle
Steve_0 (2122) - 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 (11753) - 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 (9895) - 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 (1536) - 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.