sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Nice looking orange-red-amber pour; almost-fizzy eggshell head becomes a sparse covering; no lacing. Aroma oak, caramel, malt sugar, alcohol--not bad. Rather falls apart in the flavor; sharp, uncharacteristic bitterness, cheap bourbon flavor; finish is excessively astringent, and there are plenty of quality 10% brews that hide it much better than this. Medium-thin, almost frothy body. Not as bad as the first 20 raters suggest, but thereís much better out there.
DavoleBomb (1744) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2016
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Clear deep plum color. One finger of frothy beige head. Retention is alright given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.
3.25 S: The barrel comes through well. Big leather, vanilla, and oak. Caramel, toastiness. Just a few hints of dark fruits including plum, red apple, and a touch of raisin. The base beer doesnít offer a whole lot.
2.25 T: The taste is severely lacking. Itís all barrel and no base beer. Leather, tannic astringency, vanilla, oak. Toasty. Just a touch of plum, raisin, and toffee. Overall pretty dry.
2.25 M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Lacking all creaminess.
2.0 D: This is a pretty piss poor beer. Fails miserably as a barleywine.
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Dorkenstein (257) - - DEC 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The bottle Iím using to rate this was bottled on 10/20/14, so this review isnít entirely the same as when itís fresh. This barely wine smells of caramel and candied dates. Taste is a syrupy caramel with some tart berries. The barrel flavor shows up in the finish. Itís better than when I had it fresh a year ago.
Beerman6686 (5825) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2015
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured a ruby red color with an off white head. Aroma was of caramel, dark fruit and oak. Flavor is caramel upfront by a big bitter and booze punch, something off, and an oak finish. Not great.
crossovert (10313) - Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
355ml bottle. This tastes like a bunch of highly rated oxidized barleywines so the ilk that enjoys that stuff might dig this. It is musty, sweet and white raisin/carmally, some barrel funk, oxidization, typical of the style.
tsd08460 (506) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla
Appearance: clear amber, tan head
Taste: bourbon, oak, vanilla, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly bitter,
Palate: medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, long finish,
Maverick34 (2787) - New York, USA - JUN 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured red brown. Not much head. Wood, vanilla, yeast. OK but something was off here.
jimhilt (2514) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Oak and bourbon nose and flavor is citrusy oak and hints of caramel. High ABV is hidden. $4.20 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.
dfinney23 (2529) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good bourbon notes but the base barley wine isnít really up to the task, lacking complexity and substance.
Emeister84 (1804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aromas of caramel, toffee, and booze, subtle vanilla, subtle bourbon. Dark red-brown with a somewhat lasting off-white head. Mostly dry with some sticky sweetness, warming. Medium-full bodied.
Derek881 (1216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a mostly-clear deep ruby color with a hint of bronze and an average-sized, foamy, off-white head with shorter retention along with mild cling and decent lacing. Its aroma had a pronounced bourbon barrel scent with tones of floral and grainy hops, along with some caramel and toffee malt, and bits of straw, with a slight roasty scent. The taste was somewhat sweet and malty with notes of toffee and a touch of sweet dense fruit, that gave way to a sour and bitter bourbon component. The beer was fairly wet and watery, with an average thickness in the mouth, low-to-average carbonation, and a fairly strong presence of alcohol. Thanks to Siobhan for the Christmas present.