Mittenator (1204) - Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2012 bottle. Deep brown with some haze and no head. Plum, sugar, caramel and booze. Holy wow. Just amazing. Completely hides the ABV. First 20 overall I've ever given.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Notes of bourbon, caramel, dark dried fruits, vanilla, wood and salt. Deep reddish brown hue with an off-white head that mostly diminished and left some lace. Flavor is heavy sweet and heavy salty. Full bodied and oily soft. Overall a dissappointment. Too much bourbon and the saltiness was gross.
brystmar (1189) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011. Body is dark brown/black, minimal beads of white head & lace. Boozy, complex aroma showcases the bourbon character amidst sweet malts. Alcoholic, yet age-y and fantastic.
Plenty of bourbon against the barleywine backbone. Tons going on here: caramel sweetness, bready, barrel character, boozy warmth. Arguably the best barleywine I've ever tasted; I actually prefer this over KH. Truly unfortunate that I don't have any more of these :(
2010 is more boozy and leathery, lacks the same magic found in the '11. Need more of the '11 ASAP!
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Robe brune claire surmontée d’une mousse beige qui s’estompe. Arômes de chêne, de vanille, de caramel et d’alcool. Saveurs d’alcool, de levures, de vanille, de chêne et de caramel.
hackobock (1167) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample @ CBC, Pours clear dark red with an off-white head. Very nice aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak, dried fruit, earth. Taste is sweet dried fruit, vanilla, bourbon and light bitter, some dry woody notes. Mediumd/full smooth oily body with soft carbonation.
mathieuc (1143) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2013 Bottle thanks to tom10101 again, someone stop this guy!! Thanks! Pours a clear copper with a low carbonation level hence almost no head. Not really a defect for a barleywine. Aroma is really and rich, with a lot of brown sugar and a little rubbing alcohol. Taste is more of the same but now with toffee, syrup and various sweets notes. As mentionned earlier the carbonation was soft so texture was oily, thick, sticky... quite fun! Overall a really nice BW, bourbon was discrete but this is how we like it!
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW, what a beer! thanks to Styles for getting the Kuhnhenn Holiday gift pack. aroma is all about the bourbon with some vanilla and dark fruit. flavor is a great mix of sweet malts, earthy oak, plums, vanilla, bourbon and some brown sugar. this is one of those sippin’ beers that would be easy to gulp down. yeah, it’s that smooth. most other bourbon beers are hot or one dimensional, but this is just smooth and very drinkable. Kuhnhenn’s continues to impress and I hope I can get ahold of this one again next year!!!
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out a dark brown color that had some highlights of red throughout it. Aroma was sweet, malty, with nice notes of bourbon. Flavor had hints of vanilla, bourbon, raisins, and malts. WOW. I liked this one. Great brew!
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright copper pour. Small off-white head, rapid dissipation, speckled minor lacing. The coloration of the body is a most marvelously captivating shade, invoking memories of travels through Egypt; it looks like melted metal you’d find encased in a pharoah’s tomb. Raisins mingle with a full, gentle bourbon and vanilla liqueur composite in a soft, well-rounded nose. This shrouds roasted caramel and just a touch of alcohol. A vinous dark fruit quality speaks volumes about the quantities of malts and sugars employed in the brewing process, of their quality as well. It really seems like the ideal marriage of malt and extracted bourbon and barrel character was reached. Flavor is very sweet, woody and whisky enhanced. Is this what bourbon barrel J.W. Lee’s Harvest Ale might taste like? Ample alcohol provides a strong bitterness that seems as if it’s a strurdy mold for the other flavors to frolic in. Hops are discernible but don’t really make a resounding difference in the whole of the flavor. The finish is delicate and very warming with lingering toasted grains and vanilla. Mouthfeel is light bodied for a beer of this magnitude, medium overall, with high viscosity and very little carbonation fizz.
This recipe is scripted well, it gets right to the point.
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. 2005 vintage. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head which dissipated quickly. Nose is of rich, dark fruit and bourbon. The bourbon is not overpowering, but complimentary in this. Taste is of dark fruits and bourbon. Very complex. Mouthfeel started off medium-thin, but progressed to chewy and dry. Hmmm. Interesting. Some alcohol noticeable. Very nice.