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 (1091) - 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.
fletchfighters (1077) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A-- Poured a deep, dark amber brown. Great looking ruby hues to this. Little to no head at all. Just a thin layer of film with this. Lots of spotty lacing on the sides of the glass and ABV legs.
S-- Holy crap!!! Rich bourbon, total kick in the ass smell. Big amounts of bourbon, melted brown sugar, Carmel, vanilla, toasted oak and dark fruits. Spent several minutes just smelling the nose on this.
T-- Matches the nose but bigger. Sublime taste as just blends very well together with the barrel. Still get the dark fruits and bits of strawberry jam. Not a lot of hops so a dead give away that this is more slanted to an English Barleywine. Kick ass beer.
M-- Rich, thick, decadent. Sublime really. Silky smooth. Biggest fault is the obvious alcohol. Very obvious sipper, still quite smooth though. Heavy feel and low carbonation. Honestly a beast of a beer.
O-- Damned good. One is enough though. Heck, honestly this beer is a monster. Would love to have again. Not as good or as rounded as MOAS, or older vintages of Arctic Devil but pretty much a world class beer worth looking for and hording as much as possible
walleye (1066) - 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
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, 2010 edition, courtesy of ibrew2or3. thanks, dave! pours a beautiful, russet/burgandy brown with a thin, whispy, light khaki head leaving slivers of white lace. aroma is fantastic with huge notes of buttery toffee, praline candies, and light maple syrup backed by rich, intense woody bourbon, spice, and light vanilla with subtle notes of raisin, dates, and earthy hops. flavor is absolutely delicious with bold, woody, slightly smokey bourbon and light spice notes layered atop sweet toffee, molasses, and light maple with rich, slightly tart, dark fruit notes of berry, fig, and yellow raisin on the back end. palate is rich, full bodied, and lightly carbonated with an intense yet smooth, woody, bourbon finish. overall, and outstanding barrely aged barleywine.
Experiment_Ale (1004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Stephens House with Stephen, Aaron, and Dave. Pours dark murky bronze. Aroma is huge pungent awesome caramel fig raison, old malt. Taste is rounded caramel malt, nice old musky notes, burnt sugars.
BRW (1001) - 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.
NeoHippie2 (990) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour with almost no head. Aromas of dark fruit, oak, cocoa, bourbon, and some yeast notes. Initial flavor is of raisin with notes of cocoa and dark fruit. Finishes with the oak and bourbon character. Very complex. Abv is well-hidden, barely noticeable in the finish but even then in that nice warming way. Truly a great beer.
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