kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of beachbum25. Thanks, Jim! Normally tossing a less-than-hefty barley wine into a bourbon barrel ends up in the latent realization that that was a godawful, foolish, crazy-talk sort of idea... But this one’s pretty damn good. Pours a dark, cola-brown color; thin, mixed-bubbled off-white head with light retention and lacing. Solid amounts of caramel, brown sugar, and cola in the aroma, supported reasonably well by the barrel character: some light, prickly warmth and a suggestion of red wine-like tannins, but the spirit character itself is rather subdued and soft; nicely handled for this size barley wine. Medium-full body; relaxed to light carbonation; some alcoholic warmth, but nothing rough, pleasantly warming. At the forefront of things, there’s some really beautifully rounded and toasty vanilla notes, plenty of caramel and cola, and supporting notes of bright oak woodiness, a modest (whisperingly tannic) red wine presence, and soft, rounded bourbon / spirit notes; this is surprisingly very drinkable, not at all harsh, and really enjoyable. I’m impressed, and, to be honest, amazed that this beer handled its barrel time so well! Long finish of darker fruits, caramel, and toasty woodiness; never cloying, but always enjoyably sweet and generous.
Ron (3170) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Tap and mallet. Dark but translucent pour with a film and ring of white bubbles with nice lacing as well. Nose of bourbon, honey, more bourbon, caramel, and brown sugar. Taste of brown sugar, bourbon, alcohol, honey, fairly smooth, vanilla, chocolate, spicy and alcohol in the finish.
Beerdedone (3058) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head that left nice lacing. Sweet bourbon aroma with caramel, vanilla and fruit. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and nice carbonation. Flavor was bourbon, vanilla, caramel, oak and toffee with a warming alcohol finish.
LinusStick (3052) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A delicious barley wine! Much better than the original version. Aroma was perfect. Big and full caramel smell. Just a hint of bourbon but the caramel overpowers everything. Pour was a dark murky brown with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was a little weaker than the aroma would let on but still very nice. Heavy caramel and vanilla flavors with just a hint of wood and not much bourbon to speak of. Tastes like there was not a single hop addition to this beer as it is very sweet and sticky. Mouth feel was a little thin but it had nice carbonation for a barley wine. Loved this beer!
jrob21 (3046) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a muddy reddish brown. Syrupy vanilla and a big raisin flavor. Nice barley wine here with the ageing adding to and not overpowering the overall experience. Bourbon alcohol aroma. A bit of muted spy sauce ont he flavor definitely a sipping kind of beer and would do much better on a cold witty night as opposed to the sunny warm spring day we are having here today.
keepersj12 (2985) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a very thin head. The aroma is quite subdued with just a bit of wood and some caramel. The flavor is quite nice, the caramel comes through with a good bit of hoppy bitterness. The after taste is quite nice and lasting.
eaglefan538 (2965) - 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.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep caramel amber with a faint reddish hue, small creamy beige head. Just the right amount of caramel, toffee, vanilla and bourbon in the nose. Fairly heavy on the barrel notes but not overly boozy in any way. Damn tasty.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Boozy with vanilla, caramel and oak. I would gladly drink this again.
Minderbinder (2793) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown/mahogany with nice creamy beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of figs, bread, dark fruits, sweetness, butterscotch, alcohol, malt, bourbon. Taste is of bread, figs, dark fruits, warming alcohol, malt, bourbon. Palate: oily mouthfeel, full bodied, malty. Very good. Impressive. This is my kind of beer.