Nephilium (1495) - Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Unknown vintage, 12 oz. bottle) The aroma is a strong smack of dark fruits, oak, a touch of vanilla, and something lurking in the back I can’t place. Pours a very dark red, with just a ring and dusting of tan head. Slick oily mouthfeel, alcohol warming in the back of the throat. Not anywhere as sweet as the aroma hints at. Touches of dark fruit linger for quite a while, with hints of spice. Very drinkable for 14.5%...
MeadMe (1456) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: Pours a dark orangish brown hue with a small head. No retention but it does have some legs.
S: Huge aromas here. Tons of coconut, caramel, brown sugar. The barrel stands out in a big way as well with fresh oak, vanilla, and booze.
T: Crazy good brew. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Coconut macaroons, hints of dark fruit and lots of oak, vanilla, and light booze.
M: Medium in body, perfect carbonation, smooth, with a nice boozy finish.
D: Out of this world.
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours hazy orange-amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of caramel, dried fig and bourbon. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of brown sugar covered dates, agave, and oak.
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
’10 bottle courtesy Sean - thank you! Thin and quickly fading head with minimal and sparse carbonation. Dark and somewhat transparent ruby/brown in the glass. Aroma is rich bourbon up front with marshmallow followed by oak, minor coconut, and a slightly alcoholic raisin/date finish. Taste is huge rounded bourbon, rich and sweet malt, raisin/date, and prickly alcohol on the very tail end. Smooth feel in the mouth and the minimal carbonation does not seem to be an issue with the high ABV and huge flavor profile. The transition from the bourbon up front to the sweeter barley wine on the finish is smooth. There’s a lingering chewiness after each sip from the raisin/date and alcohol notes but the finish compliments rather than distracts. Tremendous beer.
BRW (1433) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At CBC. Dark copper colour with off-white head. Bourbon, wood and vanilla aroma. Caramel, vanilla, sweet taste, creamy. Medium to full body.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours hazy mahogany with little head or carbonation.
Smell huge pungent red fruit, sticky toffee, rum soaked raisins.
Taste vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, hint of booze on the end.
Smooth (for 15%) and full bodied.
If you are in to big beers, this is one you must try.
beernbourbon (1387) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by John at DLD pre-party, thanks man. Pour is insanely viscous deep rich caramel color with a very very thin ring of white bubbles. This pours like maple syrup, my god it looks good. Aroma is way huge toffee malt with loads of brown sugar and light bourbon. Palate = awesome and smooth. Flavor is also like maple syrup with notes of bourbon and almost no alcohol to be found. Hell yes.
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.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque chocolate brown pour. Almost no carbonation. Grainy pour with lots of bourbon. Notes of honey, chocolate, and maple syrup. Nice balanced bourbon flavor with chocolate and lots of grain. A bit boozy on the finish.
BigBeer45 (1325) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from a 2009 Bottle and on tap at Kuhnhenn’s,
has a hazy red pour with some brown hues, just a few bubbles appeared on top when poured, bubbles are off-white and light tan colored, light effervescence in this beer, there was some lacing on the sides of the glass, and some light brown sediment in the bottle (this ale is not filtered),
this beer had aromas of caramel, candy sweetness, Bourbon, lots of malt, raisin, honey, a mixture of light and dark fruit, there was vanilla is in the background, toasted malt, and some floral hops but the caramel seems to cover this up or hide the hop influence,
the flavors consisted of caramel, light and dark fruit-raisin and Bourbon aged Dates, bread crust, there was a light earthy floral fragrance,
this ale had medium bitterness at the finish with a little alcohol heat at the finish (the alcohol gave some bitterness on the palate), there is light fruit citrus on the palate, the alcohol grew a little when it reached room temperature but there was a lot of malt flavors to go along with the alcohol,
the mouth feel of this beer is thick,
a great sipping beer, I thought the tap version was better, the mixture of a Barley Wine and Bourbon mixed well, a nice combination.