evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruby with no head. Malt sweetness with pomegranate and stone fruit apparent. Taste is malt, grassy hops, and a tart citrus. Very slightly oaky. Nice.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 Pours brown with golden edges no head. Smell: bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, cherry and there is also a buttery note.Taste: buttery toffee, chocolate, vanilla and a hint of boubon. Medium thick on the palate with a smooth boozy finish.
kimjongill (207) - - JAN 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From tap. Bourbon and oak aroma. Sweet bourbon taste with a sligh amount of bitterness and hop flavor adding bite. Great mouthfeel.
novice101 (197) - - NOV 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not overly impressed by this beer, it starts out with a lot of vanilla and bourbon notes and then goes to a fairly hoppy but well balance barley wine. I was expecting a bit more, aged for a year had the 2012.
Maarten1993 (196) - - DEC 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2013 Drank with Thijs 22-12-13. Dark copper color. Small head. Hints of barrel aged, nice. Also present alcohol. Sweet start, bitter finish. Nice beer. Okay, but not too rich.
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, this is all bourbon! I’m afraid it’s just overwhelmingly bourbon, lacking the complexity of a good barley wine style ale. The nose is rich with bourbon, brown sugar, and vanilla, but it lacks some key fruitiness. The flavor is very sweet and very bourbony. It’s missing the pepperiness and bite of a really good barley wine style ale. The sweetness borders on cloying, but the palate is too watery for the style to push it over the edge. Nevertheless it was fun to drink.
Bretteux (159) - Ste-Julie, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Le liquide est d’un brun rougeâtre opaque et trouble.Le col s’estompe rapidement et laisse un anneau de mousse en plan.Au nez,des notes d’érables,d’alcool,de caramel et de bourbon.Au goût,c’est doux et sucré à l’entrée,suivi par un relent de bourbon qui est juste et pas trop intense avec une fin toute en chaleur que l’on sent bien descendre dans la gorge.J’ai bien aimé cette bière qui est sans grande éclat mais bien fait.
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear auburn, with a small, but lacy buttered-popcorn head. Nose is extremely sweet with vanilla bean, butterscotch, caramel, tobacco, and with lighter notes of earthier malts, and bourbon. The taste starts strong and sweet of butterscotch, caramel, and transitions into bourbon, and lightly toasted toffee. Body is medium, but slightly chewy toward the finish.
dphoxie (115) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up the last 2012 bottle sitting in a hidden corner of my favorite bottle shop this AM. After I chilled it I poured into a dimpled mug (don’t judge me). The aroma has delightful vanilla sweet notes. Taste follows. Not a lot to disagree with here. Just some good barleywine. It took me a while to learn to appreciate an aged barleywine. Malts are not something I appreciated early in my craft beer experience. But this is delicious. I’ll look for the next generations and stock up my cellar. An excellent aged brew.
streve (95) - Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber. Pour was a deep dark syrup color with a tan ring of head. Aroma was sweet malt, caramel and whiskey. Mouth was a bit dry with flavors of caramel and vanilla. The finish was very boozy. Not bad.