Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of Fiver29 – thanks J! Pours a slightly hazy amber with a half finger light tan head. The nose is caramel, vanilla, dark fruits and sweet bourbon. The taste is oaky vanilla, molasses, toffee and bourbon. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is pretty blase standard bourbon barleywine, taste is fantastic, deep caramel base, shit ton of vanilla and oak, hint of sweet bourbon, they really are magicians with barrels.
IrishBoy (3944) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Nimbleprop. Nose of oaky vanilla, toffee, and a hint of bourbon. Hazy amber brown with a small beige head. Flavor is toffee, light bourbon, vanilla, and a hint of bitter.
Ibrew2or3 (7411) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of markwise. It pours clear mahogany with tan head. The aroma starts with sweet bourbon and then moving toward mildly harsh boozy bourbon as well as prunes, figs, raisins, molasses and some heat at the end of the draw. The taste is smooth sweet inviting molasses, caramel, vanilla, sweet bourbon, spicy oak, raisins, figs and a thin strata of dates. Yummy.
sebletitje (7498) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
beer of summer @ OTH.
deep copper color, tan head.
aroma, bourbon goodness, oak, light note of vanilla followed by some dark fruits.
flavors, nice warming abv, lots of bourbon, vanilla, wood while not overpowering the whole aspect. Caramel malts, toffee, butterscotch. Vanilla is sweet and nicely present, some earthly notes in the finish.
eaglefan538 (2935) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from SL. Pour was orangey brown in color, nice initial head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was fruity malts, some darker fruits, bourbon too. The flavor followed and was pleasantly not over-bourboned where the base beer couldn’t express itself (props to CC for that!). The fruits shined with caramel and some oak also present. Mouthfeel was full to slightly sticky, but not in a deterring way. A decent brew, but the bourbon aging isn’t impressing me in general anymore.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with thick off white head. Huge nose of bourbon, oak, and maple syrup. Palate is thinner than I expected. Taste of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. The bourbon definitely improves the base beer. Would like to have more to see how this ages.
dmac (4625) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from State Line. Poured a muddy brown with a smaller light beige frothy head. Aroma was very nice with lots of Bourbon barrel, vanilla, roasted coconut, syrup, burnt caramel, toast. Surprisingly easy drinking with a medium syrupy body and soft to average carbonation with a medium duration aftertaste. Flavor was dominated by Bourbon and wood barrel with some caramel, pancake syrup and a touch of candle wax. Nicely done beer at a bargain basement price for a bourbon barrel aged beer.
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in my Duval snifter: Deep ruddy brown with a small but constant frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of roasted and nutty malts, vanilla and oaky bourbon barrels, some marizpan and floral esters, hint of maple syrup and sea salt. The taste starts aggressive with lots of boozy and BA influence surrounding the base sweet malts and somewhat hidden ripen dark fruits. Seems quite young still and likely really needs some cellaring to bring about a more classic English Kilned flavor profile. The bitterness is partly hop driven and far too brash at this point along with what appear to me as natural earthy tone that still need developed further. A bottle of this is going into my cellar not to opened prior to 2012, maybe then it will be what I want to be... or not. Promising like a blue chip prospect, the jury is still out.
brokensail (12766) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is a surprisingly clear amber color with just about no head and minimal visible carbonation.
S: I don’t really pick up much bourbon, but some hints of vanilla do make their way into the nose. The nose is mostly toffee, molasses, and a bit of caramel. The usual aromas, but somewhat muted.
T: The flavor is just as flat and one-note as the nose (if not a bit more). There is more bread than anything else on the nose with molasses and a hint of vanilla, along with some alcohol.
M: The body is quite thin for a barleywine and the carbonation is minimal.
D: A rather bland effort for a barrel aged barleywine. I would not really bother with this one.