scottw86 (1055) - Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a murky brown with lots of bubbles. Aroma has bourbon and hops. Taste is slightly watery, which is a little surprising for the style and the amount of alcohol. It makes it very smooth, however. Lots of bourbon flavor and some fruit, not the most complex barley wine. Overall enjoyable.
BoostIPA (1050) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an almost clear amber with a small off white head. Strong aromas of bourbon in the nose, along with some fig. Taste is not overly sweet, but heavy on the bourbon. Not boozy though, just bourbon-y. Alcohol hidden, not hot. Light carbonation. Very nice. Buzzed quick.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours deep brownish-orange with thin head. Aroma is caramel and wood - complex, malty oak. Flavor is malty caramel, toffee, and oak/vanilla. Dry spritzy hop leads to an earthy bitter finish with chocolate+caramel aftertaste. Mouthfeel is briskly carbonated with a full body. Slightly astringent from oak and alcohol. Overall, rich and interesting, caramel and malty.
tmongoose (1027) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draft poured a bit lighter than its sister beer the cabernet. the light aroma of bourbon over the sweetness of the malts. almost had a sweet candy flavor mixed with the bourbon. quite different for a barley wine and wonder if aging does anything for this. leaves you wanting more.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours murky brown color with off white head. Aroma is booze, vanilla, brown sugar, and wood. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and finishes smooth. Its not hot. All the flavors meld together well and has a smooth finish. I really enjoyed the cab version of this as well. I enjoyed this one a touch more. Good stuff.
neuromatt (988) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of Dan, served in a stem glass. Pours clear mahogany with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves no lace. The nose has notes of molasses, caramel, smoke, oak, and subtle fruit. The flavour is fairly sweet with brown sugar, oak, vanilla and chocolate, along with roasty malts and toasted oak notes. The finish is long and toasty with vanilla and brown sugar. On the palate, it is medium-full in body with a watery texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a decent barley wine with nice barrel notes. 2014-01-04
arone12 (905) - Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark color with a thin head. Smells of bourbon and some sort of spice. Similar in taste to a octoberfest. Does not taste much like a barleywine but still good.
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Thanks to Hopscotch for sharing this one. Pours a reddish orange. Nose is sweet malt and bourbon with some definite fruit character. This is a damn fruity barley wine. Which doesn’t bother me that much. I bet the cab version is very nice though. Vinous but lacking body to back it up. Nice caramel notes and lingering bourbon cherry caramel finish. This one has alot of potential but needs more body and needs to be pulled together a little better. Still better than I expected.
BiereLuc (718) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brune aux reflets rubis. Nez très puissant de sucre cuit, d’alcool et de fruits rouges. Le boisé du baril perce avec évidence. Bouche très sucrées et boisée avec une finale étonnante qui me fait penser au chipotle (un peu fumé et piquant).
Rando7 (688) - Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a clear reddish-brown with brief bubbly white head. Aroma sweet malts with faint oak and a hint of sourness. Taste sweet caramel/toffee malts with slight bourbon and vanilla. Oaky finish. Palate full with alcohol burn, could be just a little thicker but did not detract. Alcohol evident.
This is not particularly complex but does a nice job - straightforward barleywine with a nice proportion of bourbon and quite a bit of oak.