Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. The beer is a hazy orange-yellow color with a medium off-white head that diminishes gradually to a film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, malt and hops. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, dark fruit, oak and resiny hops. The finish is subtle booze and piney hops. Pretty good overall.
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a hazy light orange color with a white head. Big vanilla, and caramel and wood upfront. Taste was similar, lots of oak and vanilla with mild lemon zest notesd too. Solid BA barleywine.
ICEatALAMO (869) - Troy, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. The pour is pretty light, more orangish than anything. The aroma is heavy sweet bourbon, warming. The taste is big upfront, very warning. Vanilla tones. A nice bourbon american barleywine.
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brokensail (9921) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ GABF. Amber pour with a khaki head. Nose of bourbon, butterscotch candy, and vanilla. Nice booze, oak, and sweet fruits. Caramel, a touch of chocolate, and marshmallow. Flavor is sweet and boozy. Big caramel, bourbon, and vanilla. Oak, sweet fruit, and a bit of chocolate.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2013. Pours a hazy yellow-orange appearance with no head (first 1/5 appearance I’ve dropped in a long time but it looked plain bad). Caramel, plum, bourbon in the nose. Pretty fucken smooth flavor despite being 12.5 on the booster scale - lots of bourbon, caramel, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, and wood. A bit sweet but overall a chinchillin beer.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Claires right hook ba barleywine. 12oz pour at the hay... Pours a
deeper shade if caramel toffee brown pour and topped with a thin to
medium off-white head that quickly dissipates... Aroma of vanilla,
bourbon and thick chewy caramel malt to go alongside a dirty
earthiness ... Chewy and boozy with big on caramel and toffee
accentuated malt. Dark fruits surface along with a boozy bitterness.
Thick and very barrel forward. Sweetness gets somewhat medicinal to a
point before some harsh bitter astringency towards the finish.
JoeTheYounger (1127) - Claremont, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from fear025. Golden pour white small head. Aroma is vanilla and coconut with mild bourbon. Taste is lots of toffee and caramel with a touch of vanilla and coconut. Thanks Jay great stuff!
Tmoney99 (10080) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample. Pours a clear copper color with a moderate frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Medium to heavy tropical fruit, bourbon and sweet malt aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Full complex bourbon and sweet malt with a long complex finish with a small alcohol bite of long duration. This is a standout brew.
BVery (5613) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap at the brewpub on Dec. 6, 2011. Clear reddish amber pour with minimal head. Killer aroma and taste of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Awesome.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a mostly clear amber colored body with a finger-width, frothy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is caramel and bourbon with some oaky vanilla. There is still a nice citrus hopping in there too. Flavor is similar. Caramel and bourbon up front with oaky vanilla. The hops come out a bit at the end as this finishes with some vanilla-caramel-bourbon and wood that dries with a medium-light bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a fairly full, smooth body and a mod carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice barrel-aged barley wine. Lots of bourbon but enough of a caramel and hop presence to keep it balanced. Nice beer.