arminjewell (7534) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 750 ml bottle, big thanks to Steve! 2014 bottle. Hazy dark red pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of bourbon, whiskey, oak, vanilla, touch of brown sugar, dark fruit. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, oak, vanillla, dark fruit, chocolate, hints of earth, finishing fairly sweet, dry.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Ruddy brown pour with a light tan head. Aromas of sticky toffee, hourbon, brown sugar, figs, and oak. Just smells wonderful. Flavor is candied dark fruits and bourbon with touches of oak. Warming finish from the abv but not overwhelming. Delicious.
_angst_ (3237) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle received in trade. Thank you StefanSD! Pours very dark ruby reddish brown with a surprisingly big frothy mocha head that leaves some spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and malty with sweet dark rye bread, caramel, toffee, charred wood, caramelized almonds, toasted coconut, roasted hazelnuts, coconut milk, hay, vanilla fudge, hay, raisins and hints of prunes. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, dry wood, toasted coconut, cocoa powder, caramelized nuts, hay, orange zest, alcohol, black pepper corns and raisins. Mouthfeel is soft, round, velvety, tiny astringent and near full bodied. Finish is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with caramel, toffee, charred wood, vanilla fudge, toasted coconut, sweet dark bread, raisins, prunes and lemon zest. High quality BA barley wine!
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours deep reddish brown with a creamy fat, nougat-ish head. The aroma holds fat but rounded oak profile of dill, wood and vanilla with malt support of caramel, brown sugar, roasted cookies and dark bread. Se resinous hops and a whisper of warming alcohol. Well balanced nose. The flavour is medium sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic with balanced, jet aggressive tones from spicy/woodsy oak, fat malt, numbing alcohol and resinous hops. The mouthfeel is creamy, soft, velvety and numbing with a soft carbonation. Alcohol, more prominent oak and clear hops on the finish. Near full bodied.
ineedbeer (973) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2014 vintage 750mL bottle.
Aroma is fairly caramel and toffee forward with lighter notes of toasted bread with notes of treacle and burnt sugar. Moderate fig and prune notes with lighter plum and raisin. Light alcohol spice and light bourbon character.
Pours a dark brown with lighter brown and auburn highlights. Moderately thick, light tan head that slowly, but steadily recedes to the edges. Low lacing and medium length legs.
Flavor is fairly malty with a nice caramel and toffee note. Light roast notes with some toasted bread. Moderately strong bitterness with a medium light hop note. Medium alcohol spice with medium light bourbon and oak notes. Medium light prune, fig and raisin character.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat thin with moderate carbonation. Medium astringency with medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a pretty underwhelming beer with a nice aroma but the flavor is a muddles, unenjoyable mess. The finish is very rough as well. I wonder if age would help this, but I’m not willing to spend the money to experiment.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a translucent roan brown color with a small beige head that has good retention. The aroma is strong with sherry and bourbon. The taste showcases caramel, vanilla and toffee in the forefront while sherry, sweet bourbon and bitter almonds fill in the back and sides. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: Very tasty concoction.
IrishBoy (3910) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 (13.8%) draft at Imbibe Wine. Nose is raisins, candisugar, oaky vanilla extract, and light bourbon. Clear rusty cherry with a small lightly lacing beige head. Flavor is lightly bitter, lightly sweet with only a light bourbon note. So good on draft I bought their last 3 bottles.
cbfobes (2609) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at GTMW ticket line, pours a murky brown with a thin head, the aroma has a good amount of bourbon with a nice backing of malt and caramel, the flavor has a smooth caramel and malty front end with a bourbon and vanilla kick, nice mouthfeel
olr1984 (1206) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle pours a hazy brown with a small tan head. Big bourbon vanilla and caramel taste.
DYCSoccer17 (3442) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10 ounce sample on tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Quite a bit of vinous bourbon sweetness in the nose with light vanilla, too. Quaffable. Scantly transparent ruddy-mahogany body with a light off-yellow head and good lacing. Starts with really nice bourbon vanilla sweetness. Nice caramel notes in the middle. Some warming ethanol in the middle. Finishes a bit dry and woody. Slightly overly dry, but still a really good beer.