drewbeerme (3838) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz, big thanks to walleye for this. poured deep ruby with just about no head. nose is impressive with fresh plums, bourbon, sweet chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of alcohol. flavor has very nice candied dark fruits, caramel, raspberries dipped in chocolate, butterscotch, brown sugar, cotton candy, and just hints of bourbon. mouthfeel is syrupy but not cloying. alcohol does warm a bit but doesn’t bite and for a 14.5% it’s impressive. the bourbon just accents this wonderful bw and adds even more complexity.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks go out to Chris for the chance to try this beer. Served in a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle that says 14.5% alc. Not the 12% the site has it listed at. Poured very vigorously to try to agitate it and get some sort of head from the beer....but nonetheless it formed a nice caramel dark toffee colored head for all of a couple seconds than falls out very quickly to no head what so ever. The aroma is VERY good on this brew...lots of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toffee, sweet dark fruits, brandy/bourbon notes with a little bit of oak woodsiness that leads to a small amount of vanilla. The alcohol is also pretty dominant in the aroma. On to the flavors...this truly is a sipping beer that could be enjoyed for an hour before finishing the bottle. The flavor is sweet and thick with lots of molasses, dark brown sugars, a nice amount of vanilla and oak from the barrel comes through in the flavor. And then is a really warming sensation from the strong alcohol presence melding with the bourbon barrel. Overall a really great barleywine that I can only hope to try again. Thanks Chris!
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque dark brown, with deep auburn tones. Almost no head, but somehow it maintains decent lacing throughout the glass. With an aroma full of sweet dark malt, molasses, vanilla, and bourbon, this just may be the best smelling beer ever. Seriously. Although I was very eager to drink it, I really was content just to sit there and sniff it. And every time I did, I just smiled and smiled. And I wasn’t even lit. Yet.
The flavor is full of caramel, sweet toffee, bitter oak, vanilla, and a huge raisin presence. And of course, bourbon. The bourbon flavor is oaky and almost cherry like straight into the finish, where it gives way to a straight mild bourbon aftertaste.
Nice full body, gently carbonated, and emminently deceptive in its masking of the alcohol presence. By far the best bourbon beer I have ever had.
This beer is changing the way I think of bourbon barrel beers. Although I do like them, my appreciation for them has always been along the lines of "interesting, tasty, but let’s move on to something else." I think for the first time I am experiencing the bourbon flavor as such an integral component of the overall character, rather than just a tasty ’added extra.’
This beer might even teach me to like bourbon. Uh oh
hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Almost clear, deep orange ale with crimson highlights and a small, creamy, off-white head. The nose is vinous and fruity. It’s a swirl of caramel, port, fig, dried plum, wood and light bourbon. Vinous, woodsy, heavily sweet flavor with notes of caramel, toffee and bourbon. English style barley wine for certain. Faint bitterness. No real alcohol bite. Full-bodied and chewy/syrupy with subtle carbonation. Lengthy, sweet, dark fruit finish with a splash of port. BIG, bold, excellent beer!
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Solstice party. Pours a ruby-brown color with very little yellow biege colored head. Aroma is sweet malts, brown sugar, alcohol, boubon, oak. Flavor is huge caramel malt, browm sugar, bourbon, oak. Palate is full bodied, basically no carbonation, sweet sticky finish. Wow, this is really nice stuff!!
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled provided by the Kuhnhenn brothers. Murky, muddy brown with a small, fading, off-white head. The aroma is smokey, bourbon, toffee and dark fruits. The flavor is figs, caramel, brown sugar and light bourbon. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth. The alcohol is well hidden.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shit,lucky number 13.Hand bottled from ClarkVV.nose,aaaaaaahhhh,the lovely
aromas of oak,bourbon,sweet malts,
vanilla,toffee and dark fruits.Dont wanna’ drink this,just wanna’ sit here and let the olfactory sense enjoy the show.The flavor isn’t as Bourbony as I expected which lent someroom for all the other flavors to each be singled out.
Very nice and,again,big thanks toClark.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 The Lure:
Regal bourbon licorice sticks act as a proud prow to this baccate toffee vessel. Its sails are swollen by sweet cocoa and palm sugar as it glides forward in confirmed smoky fraternity.
Harmonious berries wade in a wealthy, slick sea of bubblegummy candied malts and bourbon heat. A very fine carbonation allows the flavors to float in synchronicity, as sugary dates, raisins and a peaceful alcohol warming assure a lip-smacking posterity. Alcohol bitterness plays the role of the hops and skillfully diversifies the malt. As inspiring as Alesmith’s own barrel-aged ventures, this luxurious barley wine is as velvety as they get.
An old-world monarch gets comfortable with his preferred libation, forecasting glorious, dominion-shattering decisions.
First hand-bottled from Clark, and more recently tried from the official Kuhnhenn bottled release.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to ClarkVV for sending this one!
Hand bottled from a growler.
I’ve been disappointed by several other "barrel" beers, but this one was near perfect!
The pour produced a small fleeting head of off white which I can only imagine was greatly diminished from what it once was. Carbonation was accordingly low, but for this type of beer, I only look for a lower carbonation rate anyway.
Murky dark brown color.
The aroma was a delightful blend of Bourbon soaked cherries ( and I don’t care much for Bourbon).
The flavor is sweet from beginning to end with a long finish. Expect fruits, vanilla, Bourbon, all blended with an excellent Barleywine. Perfectly balanced and a very tasty sipper overall.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whisky barrel aroma is apparent notes of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Dark opaque brown-amber with fair tan head that recedes to ring with sudsy lacing. Grapes, raisins, plum fruit flavours some underlying roastiness and a hint of alcohol. Bourbon barrel aging has done this one well and brings out notes of vanilla and the obvious bourbon flavours. Fair carbonation with a thick almost syrupy texture and medium-full body. Sampled at the post-XBF05 gathering with ClarkVV, Eyedrinkale and Rastacouere.