Chuckaduck (577) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours red-brown with a thick white head. Aroma is lots of bourbon, some dark fruit and vanilla. Not real complicated, lots of bourbon. Taste is led by bourbon, some dark fruit, some vanilla, some spicy and herbal notes. Mostly that bourbon. I would have liked a bit more complexity, flavor-wise. The bourbon dominated this for me. Wasn’t the barley wine that I was hoping for. Still, I enjoyed it; very drinkable.
ellolovey (405) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler from Cumming Growler Shop. Pours a dark red with a white frothy head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, fruit esters. Nice alcohol warmth that isn’t overwhelming. Bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruits dominate taste. Hints of oak. A little too light bodied. Expected more of a full body. A bit of an oily texture. Subtle lingering bitterness on the finish with a slight resinous taste.
Westmeister (1303) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a murky ruby/brown with minimal off white head. Smell is bold creamy vanilla, oak, big sweetness -delicious. Taste is marzipan, vanilla, booze, lite dark fruits, oak. Booze comes thru both in taste and going down. Overall nice but too boozy for 10%,
Iphonephan (2231) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at rustico Arlington. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin off white head. Bourbon and vanilla nose. Sweet and boozy with luscious dark cherry, raisin and toffee notes. Warming alcohol finish. A winner for a cold winter day.
kayres (320) - , Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Sweet vanilla aromas. Smoothly woody oaky vanilla flavors. Malty and big bodied
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Jesterdeal (1469) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is all bourbon notes: vanilla, creme egg, oak and slight hazelnut. Pours deep red/brown with a small foamy lace. Taste is big with lots of bourbon notes, mostly oak and vanilla with just a hint of root beer. Strong booze feel but the taste compliments. Pretty solid.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pouts darker brown had small head didn’t stick around much. Taste smell booze vanillia caramel wood smoke sweet dark fruits. Not too bitter which was nice. Just so thin got boring. Would like some texture. But good stuff middle road.
drfabulous (3387) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Lexington Beerworks. Oak and bourbon. Vanilla. Light body. A bit boozy overall. Not bad, but want more body.
Glouglouburp (5871) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A sweet Sambuca flavored barley wine with only moderate bourbon barrel presence. Uninteresting
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when probably one year of age. Bottle from a friend from the dark site of the beer web sites. Thanks Heath
The look: Mostly clear copper-bronze body, many small particles, medium beige head
In long: Unimposing nose of sweet pastry (baklavas comes to mind), barley candy and timid bourbon notes. Taste is malt sweetness over more malt sweetness, sucking a big kid barley candy lollipop, caramel, sweet sugary pasty, a big shot of Sambuca, raisin bread, some vanilla, light notes of bourbon soaked oak, star anise like spiciness. Full big doughy mouthfeel. Very very sweet. The Sambuca and anise-like spiciness were not much fun. Smooth at first but gets more and more abrasive the more you drink it, I almost didn’t finish my bomber. Another disappointing bottle from Heavy Seas, and you’d be surprised at how many people will try to avoid you if you walk towards them smiling and with a bottle of Heavy Seas in one hand and an axe in the other.
MadRobin (1404) - Silver Spring, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap 1/2 pint at Gilly's Craft Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD.
Nearly opaque, deep mahogany with nice buff head and very good lacing.
Aroma of sweet malt, oak, toffee, vanilla and fig with a hint of spice.
Very sweet taste of brown sugar, oak, red grapes, toffee, vanilla, plums, raisins, figs, molasses and booze. Tastes like a caramelized bourbon barrel. Sweet but flavorful.
Medium/light body with medium/low carbonation.
Although too sweet for its own good, this is nevertheless an good beer even in its youth. It will be interesting to see how this ages.
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