kramer (4562) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From handbottle. Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown body with a minimal head. Really really sweet smelling with lots of bourbon, honey, and vanilla. Some noticeable alcohol, but with the density of the aroma it’s pretty well hidden. Super sweet and bourbon forward flavor up front with a really great honey finish that works well with the caramel malts, all of which plays against the wood really nicely. Thick and full body with a palate coating viscous heft. Slightly clingy on the finish, but the alcohol thins it a bit in the finish. Nice beer, dangerously drinkable for the ABV.
argo0 (11165) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(BCTC, 22oz handbottle) Minimal off-white head, murky brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, oak, caramel. Taste is sweet, honey, raisin, caramel, some vinous. Sticky medium-full body, minimal carbonation.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handbottle via scrizz. Fuck yeah hoes! Big bourbon, honey, sweet caramel and vanilla on the nose.Some honeyed sweetness. Hazy dark red brown. No head stagnant. Sweet bourbon, vanilla, tart oaky notes. Booze. Caramel, dark wheat, honey, green apple, oak. Shit tons of barrel. Extremely light carbonation, almost casj like. Good tasting, but rather boozey.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
BCTC. Pours a hazy murky brown with a thin white head. Bourbon, vanilla, and caramel on the nose. Lightly tart, a little acrid. Finishes lightly dry. Interestingly, I had no idea that this was 12%. Hides the ABV rather well.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle shared at dld09 by miketd! pours hazy amber with tan head. nose is very grassy, malty. flavors are malty, grassy, vanilla, grainy. sort of an odd tasting brew.
BuckeyeBoy (2411) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler pour thanks to ditmier for a pour. Pours out a brown topped with a small tan head. Aroma very nice lots of vanilla and oak. Plenty of sweetness aswell. Tast was nice more of the sweetness lots of honey and oak. A tast one.
BBB63 (5696) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler at DLD 2009: Mahogany hued with a solid lasting head. The aroma has notes of smoked meat, bourbon, wheat husks, caramel, tobacco, and all spice. The taste is twangy lactic fruits of a layer of malty and spicy tones. A hint of sour milk and mineral water upon the finish is a major turn off. The mouth feel is lively and dry. Good up to the aftertaste then it falls flat on it’s face.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from roving 64-oz growler during Dark Lord Day ’09. Pours a semi-clear dark brown colored barleywine with a thin off-white head that dissipates to a film top. Aroma of bourbon and vanilla, a touch of raisin, and buckwheat honey. Taste is full bodied, smooth, with flavors of bourbon, raisin, brown sugar, toffee and vanilla. Finish has a semi-sweet honey and caramel aftertaste that is highlighted with a mild bourbon flavor. One of the better barley wines at DLD 09.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from bgurdman - Pours brown, and still got some small tan head...aroma is straight bourbon barrel...vanilla, oak and boubon, terrific...flavour was similarly dominated by the barrel, honey and booze...finish was a bit of tart oak that kinda brought this one down a peg, but still a great treat!
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared by Brad via bgburdman at DLD. This was a real treat. The pour was a deep brown with little head. The aroma was lots of vanilla, bourbon, honey and caramel--complex and intriguing. Thick mouthfeel with a great sticky aspect to it. The taste is sweet, sticky bourbon, with a great amount of caramel creme and slight bit of honey. This is an amazing brew!