nuplastikk (4935) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Old Fashioned. Deep brown-red color. Oily head. Some hops in the aroma, but seem covered up in thick malt. Bourbon really takes over. Very malty. Solid hop backbone, with this is closer to Barleywine than IIPA. Lots of fruity caramel tones. A little underwhelming flavorwise, while overwhelming in body. Begins to finish scotchy and smoky, a little fig. OK, but not that impressive overall.
Aurelius (4592) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Standard long neck. Great label. Foggy tea - colored brew with a small khaki head. Very malty aroma with caramel, wood, dark sugars. Woody and a little boozy up front. Some peat and leather. Vanilla. Acidic, not too sweet. This is barleywine. Heavyish body. Warming. Finishes out a little syrupy with peppery hops and wood. New Leaf Market.
wlajwl (4415) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is bourbon/barrel aging and a background of fruit. The flavor is bourbon, pine needles, medium sweetness, malts and a mix of alcohol and hops in the finish. Barrel aging this 20 months turned it into a barleywine, really.
bytemesis (4232) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours hazy red amber, medium creamy beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is rich bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Flavor follows, full sweet, light bitter, rich, bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark sugars. Full body, creamy, lingering bitterness. Nice, but this is a barley wine...
sonnycheeba (4128) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber/copper with fizzy off-white head. Aroma is caramel and toasted malts, pear, and some floral notes. Flavor is sharp hop bitterness, some malt sweetness, some toast, and faint stone fruit. Medium body and carbonation.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Romans and my last beer of 2010. Ruby red with a medium foamy tan head and a ring of lace around the glass. Aroma if bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel and light floral hops. Taste is very oaky right out the gate with vanilla, citrus, bourbon, alcohol and caramel as well. Pretty smooth with a moderate bitter finish. Not overly boozy and not as hoppy as I anticipated but overall pretty solid.
kaser (3764) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour from bottle at 3 Floyds. Has a huge bourbon aroma and flavor. Not sure why this is called an ipa. Buts it's good. Sugary and malty honey taste with a pretty thick pallette.
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very balanced but very nice hop profile. Oak, if any is subtle. It adds to, rather than is the main component. Nice bitter grassy hops. Vanilla. Medium mouthwatering mouthfeel. I do not usually like a BA IPA because it normally does not work. This one did.
madvike (3059) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Pours rosy amber with a film of tan head. Nose is pleasant caramel nut bread. Light yeast, gentle barrel, and a bit of piney citrus hops. Well-integrated. Taste is like a big barley wine. Malty, nutty, caramel, light booze, bourbon, a bit of oak. A hint of hops in the finish. A bit gritty, but the bourbon is complementary, not overbearing. Slick and thick. Real pleasant stuff.
tmoreau (2819) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2014 Nearing the end of this year’s batch at Green Bay according to Joe K., while sampled at the upstairs tasting lounge bar, displaying a brownish copper color, with a creamy, off white head, and wavey cling to the lacing. The aroma was some malt sweetness, resin, citrus, noticeable bourbony alcohol, and a touch of dark fruit. The flavor contributed medium hop bitterness, moderate carbonation, a medium+ body, decent alcohol warmth, a bit of cask wood flavor, and a slightly dry finish. The DIPA hop bite was a little past prime, as the malt sweetness was starting to mellow the effect. Still nicely potent, with the Barleywine comparison not too far off. Next time, shared a 16 oz. bottle with craft friends, poured to snifters, with a similar appraisal, noticed more grapefruit, and barrel influenced coconut in both aroma & taste.