Arayaga2 (1708) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown with a thin skim of tan head. Aroma is slightly bourbony, with not much else going on. Taste reminds me of a chocolate cola product, with a mineral remnant into the finish. None of the big nasty oxidized flavors of the cabernet variant, but not much bourbon either. $7/22oz
changeup45 (1667) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 bottle. Pours a deep amberish-brown color with a thin head on top. Not much in the way of lacing. Lots of caramel show in the aroma thatís followed by some raisin and a little bourbon. The bourbon is not as evident as expected. This is very smooth going down with a gentle warmth to it. Thereís a little more bourbon in the flavor but still not a lot with wood, caramel, and plum notes. Perhaps a touch of vanilla too. This really does come across as a very basic barrel-aged barleywine. No thrills here, the bourbon seems diluted to the point it almost seems like a standard non barrel-aged barleywine, but itís still plenty enjoyable.
BrewBoxer (1542) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at aPORKalypse at alewife. Deep brown color. Sweet. Bourbon taste. Smokey with a hint of syrup. Very good
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Chudwick (1534) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
El bombero del diablo (2012) - pours murky amber with yellowish-brown head and it lacing. Nose is bourbony and sugary. Flavor adds alcohol, caramel, and rye. Sweetnd quite so. Apple/pear aftertaste. Dominated by the bourbon, but it might reveal more goodness as it warms. Bitter (unripe almond) taste in the back of the throat. Provides a literary buzz (Naked Lunch movie reference).
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is pretty blase standard bourbon barleywine, taste is fantastic, deep caramel base, shit ton of vanilla and oak, hint of sweet bourbon, they really are magicians with barrels.
tastybeer (1485) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2010 ed, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Copper pour, off-white head. Little retention/lace. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Taste is sweet, bourbon, vanilla, molasses. Palate is soft, oily, slick.
Jesterdeal (1466) - 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.
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at clubhouse. Pours light brown thin lacing. Aroma of fruit oak and vanilla. Taste is stick bourbon medium body.
ansermadide (1408) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Itís time! Well, it looks just like a barley wine. Thatís a good sign. Thereís a slight release from opacity, with a dark amber colored body and an off-white head. The aroma is not what youíd normally expect form a barley wine, though. It seems very much of dark caramel malts in the aroma Ė so much so that it almost smells like tobacco. The flavor is somewhat syrupy, thick, and herbal. Wow, itís unique. It feels like an imperial IPA in the mouth, but smooth and light from the oak aging. It finishes much stronger than an imperial IPA, though, high in alcohol, slightly malty, and with a definite hop presence thatís well-infused with that alcohol. I love it. The bourbon is gentle, but defines much of the beerís character. Why do I want to watch TrueBlood?
MadRobin (1396) - 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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