3fourths (6933) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2008 Draft special at the solstice party. Someone said this was the bourbon barrel and then the brandy barrel. I’m not sure. It could have been both because I’d seen old ales and barley wines on bourbon come off a little fruity/sweet like this. This one smells downright amazing, with a huge red grape and plum and wine-stained oak note along with some bread and peat notes in the nose. Lots of wood tannins at play, and slightly oxidized. Very low carbonation, sweet, spicy, velvety, very amazing. Reminds me of sherry, sour brown ales, red wine, and potpourri.
BBB63 (5406) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 2006 Barley Wine in bottle. Clean mahogany hue with a small foamy ring and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of plum, mango and starfruit esters, sweet honey, bready and caramel malts, herbal and resiny hops. Was this dry-hopped or something prior to re-release for it is shockingly hoppier than any of us expected. Besides the hop forward taste I also got tropical fruit, sweet caramel, toffee, mint leaves and a hint of clove on the finish. Warming and biting with a sticky mouth feel, astringent finish. This is really nice and I still wanted to know what is up with the bitterness. Glad I got one bottle for later.
Bourbon barrel: Tasted at the Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice: Deep murky brown with a minimal amount of bubbles but oily upon the glass. The aroma has a big woody and bourbon character with some wet grains, molasses, caramel, and herbal hop vapours. The taste has an oxidized and cardboard tone up front with notes of prune, chocolate, caramel, anise, clove, and plenty of bourbon barrel. The mouth feel is sharp and biting, lush and dry. Seems a bit too long in the barrel IMO.
Ibrew2or3 (5741) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 Rating #1100
Purchased at the brewery a few months back. I’ve been looking forward to trying this. The aroma can be detected from across the room. There is a great play between dark fruity goodness, sweet caramel, hints of alcohol and woody bourbon-ness. The flavor is a sweet kiss on the lips with figs, dates, minced raisins soaking in molasses and an absolutely delicious river of caramel candy. A pleasant warming sensation does show up around the finish. Competing with the barleywine flavors but a couple notches below in strength is a bourbon and wood sensation. Very nice compliment creating an enjoyable experience. The after taste is a mix of dark fruit, caramel and hints of wood. The only knock I could find would be the body. It’s a bit too thin. Sure hope they plan on making more this next winter.
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 Sampled at Kuhnhenn. We told them we were from NJ and they pulled this out for us. Bourbon flavor was present but not overpowering and balanced out very well with the base brew. Have to get this one again. Rerate: didn’t enjoy this beer anywhere near as much.
GRM (2481) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample, at the Mondial de la bière 2007, savoured June 1 2007; eye: amber-burgundy brown, no effervescence, no head, clear; nose: hops, caramelized malt, bourbon, woody; mouth: caramelized malt, hops, alcohol, pepper, long finale in hops, velvety, syrupy, full body, not much carbonation, mildly bitter, mildly sweet, slightly salty; overall: quite good
Échantillon, bue au Mondial de la bière 2007, savourée le 1er juin 2007; oeil : brune ambrée-bourgogne, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, claire; nez : houblon, malt caramélisé, bourbon, boisé; bouche : malt caramélisé, houblon, alcool, poivre, longue finale en houblon, veloutée, sirupeuse, corsée, peu carbonatée, moyennement amère, moyennement sucrée, un p’tit peu salée; en résumé : pas mal bonne
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly cloudy brown color with a ring of offwhite lace. Complex aroma of mild hops, malt, bourbon and mild alcohol. Solid flavor of malt, bourbon, mild hops and mild alcohol with a bitter finish, very intense but pleasant to drink.The body is medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: BA Barleywine
Date: February 10, 2007
Appearance: muddy brown
Aroma: sweet brown sugar aroma
Body: big body
Flavor: lots of sugary sweetness in addition to the bourbon sweetness, a touch of alcohol warmth, light bittering tries to balance the sweetness but comes up short, still quite drinkable, would age nicely
Name: BA Barleywine
Date: March 12, 2007
Score: 3.7 to 3.9
big sweet dark caramel sweetness with bourbon soaked dark fruits, alcohol is present but not over powering, big sweet sticky candied dark caramel character, vanilla brings out even more sweetness, sweetness is a bit more likeable this time around
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much thanks to hopdog for breaking this open...
Appears a semi-transparent amber with a small, off-white head that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of bourbon, caramel, toffee, rock candy, vanilla, flowers, raisins, cherries...very complex stuff.
Taste echoes the aromas with as much complex characters coming through in the form of caramel, ripe fruit, and oaky bourbon.
Mouthfeel is syrupy, sticky, hot, and lovely. This is dessert heaven. More, please!
hopdog (7650) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with hopscotch (thanks!). Poured a medium mahogany color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, citrus, toffee, raisins, plums, and cherries. Tastes of bourbon, caramel, cherries, dark fruits, and toffee. Light alcohol finish. Perfect for our night cap beer!
egajdzis (4893) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 Poured a brownish amber color with a thin, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of raisins, tobacco, smoke, vanilla, bourbon, nutmeg, a bit of oatmeal, char, and alcohol as well. Taste of more caramel malts, cherry, bourbon, raisins, citrus fruits, light nutmeg, dried fruits, chocolate, and alcohol as well in the finish.