SpringsLicker (3170) - 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.
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Post-EBF at Clark’s. Dark brown, decent off-white head. Bold earthiness amidst peaty and meaty malt. Complex salty bourbon hints never justify a 12% ABV. A fruit harvest in every sniff (pumpkin, apricot, grapes, apples...) One of the better balanced big barrel-aged beers I’ve had. A slight vegetal peak quickly morphs into a sharp ashes and tobacco oiliness, bringing peaty and smoky finish hints. Tart earthiness all around carries the sweet vanilla notes with skill. Mellow vinous hints, but mostly good rounded malt complexity. Moderately carbonated, slightly liqueur-like texture, medium body. Very satisfying first Kuhnhenn experience.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Deep brown color. Thin head fades quickly and leaves no lacing. Rich malty and fruity aroma. Bourbon notes a abundant. Raisiny flavors. Very nice.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 Thanks to Davo for sharing a growler. Color is a muddled mess of black and brown with an amazing aroma of bourbon, vanilla, molasses and ripe and dried dark fruits. First sip is Raisenettes soaked in bourbon. The hops taste like they’ve been soaking in bourbon as well with some flavors of cherries and toffee. Amazing stuff.
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2006 Going to rerate this beer. Was at the brewery a couple of weeks ago with Artusory, Pailhead, and punkrkr27 sharing some good beers with each other and the Kuhnhenn brothers. When Eric went to the back room and brought this out. This was the best bourbon barrel what ever I have had. It was well balanced the borbon flavor didn’t over power the other flavor, It didn’t seem like I had a glass of Jack in front of me. I just hope they will make this more often and it could rival the Raspberry Eisbock. Thank you Brett and Eric. This is my second 5 from my favorite brewery. from the tap.poured a dark brown with hints of mahogany around the edges nice tan head. aroma, plums, raisins, toffee, chocolate, malts, hints of wood, cherries, alcohol red wine flavors . flavor, licorice, honey, chocolate, toffee, malts, alcohol a nice blend of sweetness and bitterness. a nice smooth mouth feel. this is a kicken beer. WOW
Pailhead (5073) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2011 Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon. It’s a transparent orangish-brown with a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with lots of caramel and toffee. The finish has light-moderate vanilla and light bourbon. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 Great Taste of the Midwest. Dark brown/amber body. Orange and licorice with some spicy vinous qualities. Pretty good.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 2003 vintage sampled July 2004. This fine brew was about 14 months old when I was given a sample. It was dry hopped with 3 different types of hops after being removed from the barrel. I was given a siphon drawn serving right out of the plastic keg that it was dry hopping in.
Pours a deep golden-brown, with some bright yellows and even some light green specks from the dissolving hop pellets. Head was minimal, anything arising quickly dissipated.
Aroma was divine: earthy and juicy hops mix with caramel, toffee and butter. A solid aroma stays around while the beer is still in the glass. Not too overpowering bitter or sweet. A wonderful mix.
Flavor is moderately sweet, but the addition of dry hops only a few weeks ago serves to drive away a good amount of the sweetness. The hops are fresh and soily tasting, but no hugely high-alpha hops were used, so it gains a wonderful hoppy flavor, but not overpoweringly bitter. Some hints of chocolate and touches of toffee linger on the finish.
Mouthfeel is gritty and lightly chewy from the dissolved hops. There is almost no carbonation in this, just what has naturally arisen. Body is a touch too loose, but for such a huge beer, it is very delicate and drinkable.
11/04 release Deep dark brown appearance with a dark brown head. Notes of hops, caramel, coconut (from the bourbon), raisins, yeast, dark fruits. Flavor is lightly sweet at the start, with plenty of brown sugar, yeast and dark fruits mixing together (plums, grapes, blackberries). A bit of sourness in the body, which is medium-full to full. Smooth palate and plenty, but not too much, bourbon on the finish.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmm. Quite nice. I had this at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Buttery, scotchy, and generally overpowering.