slowrunner77 (729) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"after having the awesomeness that was ADAM from the Wood, I was looking forward to this one. It was a nice beer, but did not improve on the base beer one bit, IMO. The bourbony fruity aroma and flavor were nice, and the smoothness hid the abv incredibly well, but the complexity is nearly gone, and apparently there were carbonation issues with some 11 batches, so it was close to flat. still good, just not a giant leap like AFTW was.""
77ships (3693) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks to Martinus(?). 355 ml. bottle sampled. 2012 Vintage. This is supposed to be the good carbonated batch. Quite hazy brown with little head. Very thick bourbon nose, touch molasses, brown sugar, very thick malts,.. Thick vanilla oak taste, lots of bourbon, boozy in a good way with a very thick molasses, lots of brown sugar, very thick malt base, thick toffee, light charred oak, warming thick oak, lingering bourbon finish. Very thick & creamy, decadent, amazing but very brutal beer, almost too much but that is just the way I like, beast the regular Fred from the Wood if memory serves me well but not by much.
kraddel (3004) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage .
Pours dark brown . Smell is bourbon , walnuts .
Good carbo .
Taste is sweet , bourbon , buttery , vanilla , oak . Very nice
cpetrone84 (1372) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a murky pale brown with no head. Nose is strong bourbon and wood with a good bit of caramel and some hints of dark fig and fruits. Nose is more sweet, less bourbon. Caramel and lots of toffee, a bit of slightly charred wood and notes of bourbon. Flavors are a bit more muted than the nose. Full bodied, sticky and chewy, with virtually no carbonation and a soft clean finish.
anders37 (16584) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody bourbon aroma with hints of caramel. Sweetish malty woody bourbon flavor. Has a sweetish malty woody bourbon caramel finish.
gendv138 (1201) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle during RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting at Schlafly Tap Room. 2012 release. Cloudy brown with off-white head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, dark fruit, caramel, toffee. Tastes of bourbon, oak, booze, caramel. Medium-light body with a dry and warm finish. Low carbonation.
TheJvd (833) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small sample from bottle @ Zeebra II. Pours hazy copper coloured with a medium white head. Aroma is quite sweet with bourbon, caramel, dark fruits and malts. Taste has raisins, dark fruits, some caramel and a medium bitter finish. Medum body and carbo. Quite nice for a barley wine.
TheEpeeist (3332) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottles, 2011 & 2012. Cloudy brown with sparse froth; the 2012 kicks up a nice head with a stiff pour. For the 2011, nose is overripe peach and plum, brown sugar and stale sherry. The 2012 is much fresher caramel, raisin and bourbon. The 2011 is almost completely flat, slightly sticky medium body. The 2012 the same but with adequate carb. Taste is caramel, bourbon and wood with the 2011 version adding notes of spoiled dark fruit and musty oak. I don’t mind the lack of carb in the 2011 but the oxidation just ruins the taste. For me this would be a 6-3-6-2-15 = 3.2. The 2012 exhibits beautiful bourbon barrel aging perfectly complimenting the base Fred.
Dogbrick (7973) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle. Murky brownish-orange color with a minimal off-white head that disappears quickly to a sparse outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, dark fruit and caramel malt. Full-bodied and slightly syrupy with an oaky bourbon character and flavors of vanilla, caramel malt, dark fruit and brown sugar. The finish is boozy with a raisin and dark malt aftertaste. Good beer all around.
Steve_0 (2595) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pour is viscous golden brown with no head - doesn’t look like there is any carbonation in this one. Huge bourbon, coconut, oaky, mapley, figgy, raisins, caramelly, and toffee in the aroma. Taste is coconut caramels, toffee, toasted wood, oak, earthy, grapefruit, prunes, and golden raisins with a hint of alcohol on the backend. Slick mouthfeel with no carbonation. The flavors are there and it’s incredibly smooth for 12%, but the complete lack of carboantion kills the experience for me.