Petrucci914 (879) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2008 Thanks, TheCheeseMan!
Pours a cloudy golden color with a large foamy white head, that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is wood, vanilla, syrup, raisins, and some citrus bits. Taste is about the same.....not overly thick or boozy for a barley wine. Delish!
JStax (2413) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to umich03jm shared. Pours darker brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has oaky notes over a malty sweet, chocolatey, nutty beer. Taste is sweet and woody. Big body and mouthfeel. Lower carbonation.
VastActiv (1697) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 12oz at Hair of the Dog, Portland. Colour is dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, wood, some spices and malts. Warm and gentle.
dominodoug (1) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This 2009 I received had a sour nose. The oak was present but smoothed out. The taste was initially sweet but finished slightly boozy.
brystmar (990) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013. Deep amber brown-red, handsome lace on the surface. Oaky like whoa. Leathery aroma -- not as much as Matt but def there. Boozy warmth, spicy, caramely, fruity. No ignoring the Belgian spices here. I def prefer Bourbon Fred FtW, but yep this is good.
48FanInCali (617) - California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 batch. Very different from the regular version. There is no doubting this spent time in wood. Brown pour with decent head and a qtr inch of residual head that stays forever. Nose of wood, sweet malt, and some vanilla. Taste follows the nose with a little bit of residual hop bitterness but not much hop flavor. Medium body. Good stuff.
ACHops (477) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ HotD. Pours cloudy light orange amber with thin creamy lacy head. Aroma is big oaky bourbon with effervescent sweet fruit as well. Taste is similar to normal Fred, just cranked up a couple notches. Crisp light malt, restrained candi sugar, Belgian yeast notes, big oaky finish. I know this isn’t bourbon Fred, but those flavors come out here. Amazing beer, well worth seeking out and paying the premium for.
hombrepalo (1716) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1700 rate. 12oz bottle from a trade. Pours a dark copper color with an off white head, great lacing. Aroma is heavy on the wood, with hints of vanilla, tobacco, and subdued malts. The flavor is slightly harsh with wood and alcohol dominating. The sweet malts come through at the end with a slight hoppy bitterness.
Sledutah (3652) - Utah, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle shared by Mike, thanks
Hazy amber with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma is malty, woody and vanilla. Flavors of toasted malts, woody, leather and vanilla
Very nice, smooth
MikeJslc (643) - USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light brown, hazy, beige head. aroma of toffee, toasty malt, raisins, some ripe fruit, leather, wood. flavor: earthy, woody malt with toffee, dark dried fruit, bread crusts, thick mouthfeel, leather/tobacco, complex.
Gription79 (2007) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, thanks to Mike. Huge maple malty character. Vanilla, malty, fruity, warming alcohol, leather. So tasty.