ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thin ring of bubbly head around the edges. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind very little lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet rich caramelized malts with some dark fruit, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some booze.
T - Starts off with some rich sweet caramelized malts, some dark fruit including some raisin and fig, and a bit of vanilla and licorice. Through the middle, some more Bourbon and oak flavors come through with a bit of brown sugar. The finish is a mix of sweet caramelized malts, dark fruit, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Feel smooth with a syrupy, warming, and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Much more Bourbon flavor than the other version. Also a bit less carbonated. Though the Bourbon also balances out the strong malt flavors nicely.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle, #46 of 216) Pours a hazy mahogany body with a small white head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, coconut, and toffee. Flavor of bourbon, vanilla, pine, caramel, and oak.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours a murky brown with flashes of ruby and little to no head. The bouquet furnishes gobs of caramel, lightly toasted coconut and a whisper of maple. Full-bodied and silky with soft carbonation. The flavor presents sweet caramel and dark fruit flanked by lots of bourbon and wood. The hops are herbal, earthy and medium to heavily bitter. It’s quite hot and somewhat unbalanced with a ballsy, boozy, biting finish. Given enough time in the cellar, this is gonna be a very good barleywine. Being unafraid of alcohol, I’m digging it now. Kudos to richiesd for providing this rare treat!
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at redlight, pours a deep red, very rich to the mouth, alcohol and maple, the barrel aging really overtakes the rest of the beer.