Tmoney99 (11225) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Poured reddish brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toasted malt, alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bourbon bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.
Pinball (10964) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at papsoe.
cloudy brown, small white head.
spicy, malts, old hops, bourbon in the aroma. flavor is malts, old hops, nutty bitter note.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Heavy Seas Below Decks, Bourbon Barrel
Date: June 04, 2010
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark amber with ruby edges, wispy off white head
Aroma: sweet caramel and bourbon aroma, vanilla sweetness
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, lots of bourbon sweetness with a touch of char, touch of fruityness blends with the caramel sweetness, light oak
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
BeerandBlues2 (10246) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear tawny/brown with a small, fizzy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is cookie and caramel malt, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, light bourbon, dates, and figs. Flavor is malt dominant with oak, light bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, figs, dates and a sweet finish. Full body, high warmth and medium carbonation.
hopscotch (9733) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Mostly clear burnt orange ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. Smells like a straight-forward, simple, non-estery English barley wine – caramel and vanilla are highlights. The bourbon barrel aging doesn’t detract; it mellows the beer while adding to the vanilla nuance. Medium to full-bodied and oily with gentle carbonation. Flavor-wise, toffee and vanilla are the stars here. A kiss of butterscotch works its way into the mix. Malty, sweet, warming finish. Kudos to ygtbsm94 for providing this bottle!
daknole (9613) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber pour. Small head. Vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, alcohol, bourbon, toothpick and no hops in the aroma. Flavor is sweet and loaded with vanilla. Barrel notes are nice, but the base beer isn’t helping this one. An odd fruity note seems to battle the bourbon, wood, vanilla and caramel. Odd.
Drake (9263) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle, 2010 vintage, opened 7/6/11. Pours a hazy reddish color with a fizzy tan head. Fairly poor head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, bourbon, wood, cola and a bit of a cheesy note. The taste is toffee, caramel, bourbon, peppery wood notes, vanilla, anise, bitter hop finish. A little bit on the thin side. Some alcohol warmth.
crossovert (8186) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an excellent and maybe underrated BA barleywine. The barrel doesn’t add too much or too little, just right.
DrSilverworm (7223) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from a 22oz bottle at Jungle Jim’s Barrel Aged tasting. Clear orange - yellow color. Minimal white head, leaves decent dots of lace. Good bourbon nose. Nice vinous grape flavor. Bigger body, smooth creamier texture. Light bitter taste, sweetness. Vanilla, vinous aftertaste. Gotta love Below Decks.. Always an excellent value for the money
Ibrew2or3 (7158) - 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.