MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle number 264/276. Split with Ryan011235.
A- This beer is another darker one, darker than most of the style but not by all that much. Its really a deep red with some purples, caramels and browns. A small cap of soft, pillowy froth washes up against the sides of the glass. Its prone to patches of lace and pillows of floating bubbles. Swirling easily coaxes out lots more soft carbonation.
S- Right away barrels are on your nose, they eel with wheat and very honey.
What Im trying to say is that there is a musty, old barrel smell that only has trace amounts of bourbon notes left. The honey is there providing a nice clover aroma and some sweetness that helps keep things together. Wheat is obvious. Its grainy and snappy. Plenty of stinging alcohol, some of which is smoothed out by bourbon, but most of which is from the 12%abv.
Let this warm before fully enjoying the aroma. It really needs to open and once it does some of those odd must barrel notes fade out.
T- The taste also highly benefits from some time to warm and open. Bourbon is more apparent here than it was in the aroma. It gives the flavor profile a silken vanilla flavor that rides over an earthy oak base. Wheat livens things up towards the mid to finish. It has a nice snappy flavor. Honey is nicely perceivable. Unlike many beers with honey, Wood Ya Honey actually tastes like it had honey. There is a clover honey sweetness that lingers in the back of the mouth. Its very nice.
M- Low carbonation. The bubbles are as soft as they look when the glass is swirled. Its actually a pretty smooth beer with a full body. Yes, this is Jackie Oís so the finish is dry, but not overly so.
D- One of the better ones from the Athens crew.
mcberko (4044) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from St. Fun (thanks Josh), pours a deep dark mahogany with a medium beige head. Aroma of wood, honey, caramel and vanilla - quite strong and boozy. Flavour is very alcoholic and barrel heavy, with notes of wood, bourbon, vanilla, booze and honey. Extremely boozy and heavy. Not very complex and very difficult to drink due to the booziness. Yet another ridiculously over-rated big boozy BA barleywine. Not for me.
JK (3966) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 vintage, bottle 194 of 276. Lightly sour aroma. Opaque brown beer, and lightly carbonated, fine for a barleywine. Some bourbon and brown sugar. This beer foes bourbon better than most, which I typically find unpalatable in my beer. Fairly hot palate.
DrSilverworm (2701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, shared with brew3crew. 2010 vintage, 5 / 270. Totally hazy hazy dark brown / red color. Chunky particles in the body. Minimal khaki head, dots of lace. Medium to bigger body. Very dry texture. Very light carbonation. Light sweet taste. Pretty boozy. Alcohol head in the finish. Light floral aroma, honey. Wheat, caramel malt base. Bourbon barrel influence lends nice wood notes, and vanilla. While cold, it was harsh. But as it warmed and moved, this got way better. Nice.
50belair (1328) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Murky brown pour with an off white head. Wonderful caramel and honey aromas. The bourbon is taking over. Undercurrents of smooth caramel malts and honey. Like everything from Jackie-Os, the body is thin and watery.
ryanfolty (1449) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
February 23, 2013 bottle at skyviews. Muddy brown pour with limited head. Bourbon, wood, honey and caramel in aroma. Taste was consistent with aroma and a dry heat in the finish. 2010 vintage, bottle 194 of 276.
Bacterial (410) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Bobís - wow thanks! Caramel sugar bourbon nose. Slightly hazy pour. Honey, bourbon goodness. Very good!
BVery (4247) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Doug - thanks! Murky deep orange pour with a white head. Big time wood aroma with vanilla and bourbon. Rich and boozy - excellent. Bottle #194 of 276. Rare treat!
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, #74/180, from the 2011 release. pours a hazy copper with hints of garnet around the edges capped by a razor thin, pale beige head that leaves just a trace of lace around the edges. aroma is excellent with heavy notes of caramel sauce, honey, sweet breads, vanilla nougat, and wet wood backed by dark fruits, spices, bourbon, and an interesting note of floral sweetness. flavor is delicious, but surprisingly a bit tart, with heavy dark, vinous notes, black cherries, and fresh figs up front backed by sweet toffee, vanilla, honey, and mellow, woody bourbon. palate is medium bodied, probably lightented a bit by the tart notes, with light carbonation and a lingering finish of dark fruits, caramel, and bourbon. overall, a damn tasty barleywine whether it was supposed to be tart or not.
burg326 (2325) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle shared by a guy at Mattís tasting in Chicago, poured an cloudy amber color with aromas of malt, tofffee, light caramel, honey, and some vanilla. Flavors are the same, light bourbon in the finish, nice beer overall.
Damico (1914) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours unclear murky brown with a decent amount of sediment and tan head. The aroma brings sweet malty notes with light toffee, strong. The flavor is similar, sweet, light toffee and a decent body, not too thick or syrupy, but the birch comes in pretty potently with light honey notes.