sfontain (846) - 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 there’s much better out there.
Beerman6686 (5481) - 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 (9737) - 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 (314) - 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 (2653) - 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 (2478) - 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 (2317) - 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 isn’t really up to the task, lacking complexity and substance.
Emeister84 (1642) - 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 (1175) - Kiev, UKRAINE - 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.
williamstome (1435) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber pour, small off-white head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, dried fruits, candied sugar. Flavor is quite sweet, with notes of bourbon, vanilla, with a slightly bitter finish with cherry notes. Not great, and hard to drink after a bit.
patrick767 (3741) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle - Pours dark amber and has a nice bourbon aroma with vanilla notes. The flavor is led by the bourbon too with an understated sweet malt body. There’s an oak character in there. While the bourbon is good, the base barley wine really isn’t substantial enough. Overall that makes for little more than an average brew and for the price I’m expecting more.