jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A dark black with a foamy brown head that quickly laced. A huge aroma with dark fruits, brandy, raisins, and figs. A full body and noticeably burning palate from the alcohol. Rich and delicious.
zach8270 (3472) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Black pour with a frothy tan head. Huge malt and bitter hop aroma at the start with a good amount of fruit, oak, vanilla and dark malts under it. Flavor is big and bold with tons of malts at the start. Alcohol is still very heavy and prevalent in it. Really puts a burn on the beer. Could probably benefit from a year or so of aging.
Rando7 (736) - Iowa, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting beer. Bottle pours black with a frothy off-white head. Aroma heavy bourbon, malts. Taste initially sweet caramel with bourbon and dark fruits creeping in, with warming almost has a American Strong Ale sense to it with less sweetness, more hops, some dark fruits and vanilla. Finish dark fruits and slight hop bitterness. Palate thick, not quite syrupy, slight carbonation. Alcohol apparent.
Really complex beer but not so much that it loses it’s appeal. i agree it will be interesting to see how this ages. Certainly not your average barleywine.
rayOfBeer (670) - El Cerrito, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours from bottle a rootbeer brown with rather large tan head. Aroma is raisin and fig, almost burnt toast, notes of whiskey and a little toffee. Flavor is thick with maple, caramel, toffee, toast, hints of whiskey, some wood and a little vanilla. Palate is sweet and thick but somewhat slick on the tongue with a mild alcohol burn. Wow, for a recently released BA barley wine this one is rather smooth and has softer edges with nice depth of flavor, I’ll need to get more to age to see if different.
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice copper brown pour with a decent head. Fairly strong flavor. Figs, plum, roasted malt. Very nice brew.
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
First thing is incredible aroma of coconut whiskey and figs. Very similar to Goose Island BCS but thinner, tastier and more complex with all the fruit they added. The most amazing thing about it is that the whiskey barrel element is not overbearing like so many other barrel aged beers. Man O’ man this is good.
nickd717 (3483) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Bistro -Bal Aged Fest. Very dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma is big on whiskey with toffee and caramel and some fruits. Sweet caramel and toffee with whiskey and good dark fruits - figs and dates. Fairly full body, a bit syrupy, with average carbonation. Nice beer but did not stand out among others at the fest.
bhensonb (11066) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Bistro BA fest. Pours ruddy dark brown. Aromas of dark fruits and rye. Full bodied. Very smooth. A little vinous. Med dark fruit. Rye and vinous notes. Just excellent.
marcus (6497) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest. Pours black with a modest tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a rich fruity chocolate flavor with a sweet finish. and a warim bourbon trail.
dchmela (2640) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bomber. Pours a deep brown with a quickly fading off white head. Huge nose of Figs, dates, vanilla, whiskey and touches of caramel. Thick body, but not cloying. Taste has lots of burnt toffee, dark fruit, vanilla and whiskey all popping through. Well done BW that make a great sipper on a cold night.