joeneugs (3817) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Tap 25. It pours brownish orange with a small off white head. The aroma has loads of caramel and toffee with a bit of hard cherry candy and maple syrup. Amazing. The flavor is sweet and alcoholic with toffee, caramel bitter pine and dark fruit. An awesome American/English barley wine hybrid.
TheEpeeist (3463) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, barrel aged Vintage 2011. Darkish brown with a foamy beige head. Nose is caramel and light bourbon. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is bourbon, caramel and bitter hops. Bourbon up front with a bitter finish. Least dynamic of the brews in this barleywine tasting but still quite good.
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Vintage 2011. Barrel-aged. The aroma on this has a good deal of really nice bourbon-y notes to it. Light chocolate and some molasses are also present behind the bourbon character. Nice vanilla hints, too. Extremely quaffable. Scantly transparent mahogany body with a smallish off-white head and good oily, legging present. Starts with bourbon character, before there is some sweet caramel chewiness. Lightly buttery mouthfeel with perhaps some diacetyl in the middle. Becomes a bit roasted in the middle. Finishes with some nice tobacco and leathery flavors and has a small amount of ethanol. I really solid beer. My one complaint would be that this beer seems a little thin. Still, a hell of a beer.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
$15.99 bomber from Olive Tree Market in OB a couple weeks ago. I hope this is a rendition of Old Inventory from Steve when he was at Valley Brewing. Clear ruby brown with a one finger beige head, swirly with decent retention. Caramel, toffee, toast and bourbon (the old delicious oxidized type, not a fresh boozy barrel) blend pretty well, as the latter two temper the sweetness of the first. Digging a bit deeper some dark ripe figs with a tinge of prunes comes forth with a bit of vanilla and cream. The flavor adds a slightly harsher booze presence, and even adding a little roast moving towards the finish. A bit boozy in the finish (doesn’t even try to hide its 10.5%), as the bourbon is becoming of the more fresh persuasion (maybe young is a better term, as opposed to my earlier statement on the aroma). The finish is bone dry with bitterness peaking at a 2-3, faint char showing up way way way late. Low carbonation with a full body. Still pretty good, but I’m glad I have one bottle for the cellar/base/ment/closet/windowsill(joke) to save for a year or so to see if this mellows.
jazz88 (2583) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A dark brown color with a tan head. Intense raisin, dates, toffee, and caramel aromas. Smooth and sweet with a toasted malts.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big spirited aroma of bourbon on this one and that follows through in the flavor. After you get accustomed to it, coconut and vanilla comes into the picture. Sampled at collaboration LA at the Belasco theater.
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Pours opaque dark brown with crimson corners. Pruney iodine aroma with some evident booze, maybe a little raisin. Not the best aroma, nor is it very robust. Flavor is much better. Earthy chocolate with burnt brown sugar, a touch of soy, and a buttery toasted coconut finish. Not sure if this is bourbon barrel aged but it sure seems like it. A sweet warming beer that captures the English style pretty well.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nicely made brew. Love the deep color and creamy head. Really nice roasted barley taste.
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Proud to be the 1st rate on this. Pours deep brown with a tan ring for a head. Nose is subtle and smooth, with toffee, caramel, dried fruit and bourbon? Flavorful and sweet with the same influences as the nose, with the addition of hops and minus what seemed to be bourbon. Extremely full mouthfeel with a little bit of heat and a dry hop finish.
JPDurden24 (1626) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown pour, off white head. Aroma is boozy and caramel with some toffee and vanilla added in the flavor. Damn good!
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