Scubatrip (609) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the bottle, pours very dark red with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and heavy, a bit of dark cherry. Taste is fantastic. Thick, sweet, cherries, molasses, a hint of alcohol even though you know it’s there. Very smooth, a hint of hops in the aftertaste but balanced by a malty sweetness. There is almost a wine quality given to the flavor and feel, though that could be influenced by the named Cabernet aging. This is a really good beer. Probably my favorite of the mutiny fleet so far.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is ruddy brown with two fingers of quickly dissipating kaki head that left very modest lacing. Nose is a beautiful swirl of ultra creamy vanilla, velvety caramel, dark molasses, wood, and I don’t know how, but something very similar to cherry. Taste is verbatim to the nose, and delivered in the utmost decadent of dessert fashion. I enjoy Below Decks, but this CAB barrel takes it to a different world! Get this if the opportunity presents itself, as long as you can indulge a hell of a sweet tooth!
Cybercat (4743) - Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Comes out of the tap an opaque chocolate-brown with a fairly thick light tan head. Malty aroma has subtle notes of chocolate and cinnamon. Flavor has a strong, fruity alcohol bite that still lets through malty, chocolate and toffee notes. It is somewhat sweet, but not overly so. Texture is quite thick, almost syrupy, with subtle but persistent fizz. Drink with care, lest you end up "below decks"! ;)
Goodgrief (1965) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chestnut brown pour, with surprisingly big head and some nice lacing. Light boozy nose. The flavor really picked up the cab flavor, like a nice twist of beer and wine. Sweet malty flavor with the bitter tannin twang. Velvety in the mouth. I liked the beer/wine hybrid.
Butters (4020) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Sampled this on a bottle that’s about a year old. Developing very nicely. Has lost a good deal of the alcohol heat and now this is quite a smooth drinking brew with a pleasant warming sensation. Pours a murky brown with small ring of khaki head. Aroma is only slightly better than the flavor and has notes of caramel, fig newton, toffee, raisin, biscuit. The red wine vinous woodiness is only semi spicy and melds oh so nicely with the base beer. Great example of how to properly barrel age a beer. Great beer.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber-Mahogany pour w/a very slight tan head which quickly fades into great, long lasting lacing. Fruity, winelike aroma. Cabernet Barrell Aging is quite evedent, very winelike flavor, really like drinking a fine port wine. Complex, multi layer flavor. I have always found the regular Below Decks Barleywine to have a harsh, short flavor.....this Cabernet Barrell Aging totally changes that. Very Enjoyable!!
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great grape peel, black cherry, caramel, wood. Pours red with great lacing. Taste is wonderful with toffee, grape peel, and chocolate. Fantastic and better than the bourbon.
jgb9348 (5479) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich deep brown and ruby coloured body with a thin, fast-dying large bubbled tan head, about 80% opaque. Aroma of super pungent and strong alcohol, wine and oak notes - nice and deep. Further smells of chocolate, honey, raisins, figs, earth, sour cherries and a lot more alcohol - this one smells great! Full-bodied; Deep rich chocolate and malty flavours dominate then come the pit fruits with the caramel and raisin tastes coming strong. Aftertaste shows a dry oaky note, some light alcohol and a big dose of vinous notes along with cognac and whiskey. Overall, a very complex and well-rounded barrel aged barley wine with the oak and dry notes showing up, the ridiculous pit fruit sweetness and the earthy malt and toffee still vibrant. This one is definitely not one to miss and while I aged mine for a while, and the aging seemed about right for me, it perhaps could use another year or so. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (Logan Circle, P Street), DC on 15-February-2013 for US$7.99 sampled at home in Washington on what will most likely be the last day of snowfall here in the 2014 season on 25-March-2014.
2012 Vintage Bottle // Purchased February 2013 // Sampled March 2014
dlovell2 (1573) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown with amber tint. Sweet aroma of fruit and wood. Smooth feel in mouth. Sweet fruity taste with wood and wine flavors in the finish. Alcohol is masked nicely. I really enjoyed.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours cola looking color with white head. Aroma is dark fruit, caramel, wood, and wine. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and finishes smooth. The wine barrel component is really noticeable and adds to the enjoyment for me. Solid.