weissblau (17) - - MAR 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vanilla and malt aromas, not overpowering but pleasant. Dark amber hue with off-white, small bubbles in the head. Taste is winelike but malty with vanilla and roasted notes.
deyholla (6644) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy a orangish amber with a tan head that dissipates completely. Aroma has lots of sweet grains, caramel and toffee with underlying raisin and bourbon. Flavor has lots of sweet grains up front with bourbon, raisin towards the finish.
slowrunner77 (2178) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
this dark decadent treat could be a prototype for a barreled barleywine. Ample oak and bourbon, but not so much the beer doesn’t shine. Sweet and deep flavors and aroma of carmel, raisins, vanilla, malt, bourbon. Very light on the hops, but appropriate. Very very nice sipping beer
alexsdad06 (5429) - Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle at home. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, brown sugar, mild bourbon, wood, dark fruits, vanilla, pretty much all malts and sweet barrel stuff, I like the English style barleywines better generally, but this is missing something, not bad, but...
jkwood04 (3950) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours dark brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of light oak and bourbon and vanilla, caramel and toffee malts, light grains and dough, and some alcohol. Flavor the same. Average to smoother texture. A decent barley wine, but a little hot and not that balanced.
zoucrew102 (535) - - MAY 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage bomber, thanks sevenhokie! Rich bourbon aroma with notes of dark fruit and vanilla. Pours dark amber colored with a thin white head and no lacing. Sweet dark fruit flavors to start with a hint of vanilla. Finishes very smooth with excellent bourbon notes as well as a little bit of oak. Excellent barleywine.
Dfonorow (1445) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Hazy deep red with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor of bourbon, fig, vanilla, oak, and caramel. Finish is warming and sweet. Low carbonation.
jackl (4608) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg @ Sedona. Deep amber with a tight off-white head. The nose is strong woody bourbon. Caramel, vanilla. Moderately hot and spicy flavors. Roasted nuts, toffee. Red apple skin. Hot finish. Full body, soft carbonation. Pretty solid.
neuromatt (1155) - 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
Maarten1993 (297) - - 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.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Moving on from the virgin version, we come to the BBA version. It appears lighter in color than the first and has excellent clarity of a toasted honey graham color. No head to speak of. The nose is not dominated by the bourbon character, and actually takes time for me to find. As it warms this character comes through a bit more, but the base still stands: cocoa, english toffee malts. Simple and satisfying.
The flavor is more bourbon infused than the nose. There is a substantial bourbon flavor, but sans boozy tones. Nice toffee and caramel flavors with a little smidge of prunes in the finish. Nice flavor with medium body and light carb.
A nice beer, but to be honest, if this was more than 10% the cost of the original, I would likely pass it up for the original.
Serving type: bottle