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 (3426) - 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 (3488) - 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 (10884) - 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 (10284) - 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 (5700) - Pennsburg, 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.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy Ibrew2or3. Clear, dark ruby/amber. Zero head, just a few bubbles. Smell dat bourbon. A ton of vanilla, old wood, whiskey, rich caramel, with a couple pieces of tropical fruit thrown in there. Not as complex as I had hoped, but very tasty, impactful. Full body, smooth, lightly viscous. Excellent barleywine.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from 12 ounce bottle at the Mondial, Montreal (May 2007). Dark, unfiltered maple in color with just a touch of lasting head....nose very sweet, with just acres of bourbon-oaky-vanilla, faint piney hops, and an interesting whisper of mint....the body alternates between extreme thick, almost cloying sweetness and a strong alcohol character, finally settling after a few minutes into a thick dark caramel with soft rasiny undertones, very little in the way of hops, rather sticky but oh, so very rich and decadent. I’m liking bourbon more and more these days, and I’m thinking it works better with an American barley wine than almost anything else, this being a fine example.
Bierotherapeut (43) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Coup de coeur du Mondial de la bière 2007. De l’alcool, du caramel, du fut de bourbon (vanille) bien balancé. Une finale sucre. Se rapproche d’un vin fortifié. Wow!