BigBeer45 (1301) - 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.
pentaz (1254) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ CBC2014. Pours clear dark auburn with a tiny tan head. Aroma is bourbon, fudge, oak, candy, dried fruit, raisin, vanilla, plenty of booze and coconut. Taste is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is moderate. Finishes dry, boozy and warming.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shit,lucky number 13.Hand bottled from ClarkVV.nose,aaaaaaahhhh,the lovely
aromas of oak,bourbon,sweet malts,
vanilla,toffee and dark fruits.Dont wanna’ drink this,just wanna’ sit here and let the olfactory sense enjoy the show.The flavor isn’t as Bourbony as I expected which lent someroom for all the other flavors to each be singled out.
Very nice and,again,big thanks toClark.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bourbon and some strong caramel malt in the aroma. Black with no head. Full palate. Bourbon warmth hits right away and slowly reveals some thick, syrupy, sugary malt flavors. Interesting.
fletchfighters (1205) - 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
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.
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.
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.