mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tempting aroma and dark pour with a smoother than expected taste and warming mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Lothore (455) - California, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A- Pours a ruddy, brownish hue with little to no head.
S- Smell is absolutely phenomenal. Tons of brown sugar, hints of bourbon, fig.
T- Wow. Before describing the taste my first thought is ... smoooth. Starts off slightly fruity, possibly hints of cherry mixed with figs, brown sugar sweetness comes in to balance. The end is an alcohol warming balanced exquisitly with very sweet, sugary notes.
M- Thick with a good bit of carbonation left for a beer this old.
D- This is another out of the park brew by kuhnhenn. I truly hope they produce more so I have another chance to drink this one. The main thing I truly loved about this one was the balance. It was huge yet seemed to balance the alcohol perfectly with rich sweetness that a lot of other "extreme brews" fail to do. Totally lives up to the hype in my opinion. Although there probably aren’t many bottles left in circulation, if you have a chance trade whatever you can for this one.
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.
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, amazing extra courtesy of bulldogp04, cheers Dean! Hazy tea pour with very scant head, tons fo buttery caramel in aroma, veru rich and inviting, flavor si same super rich, sweet, butterscoth acn caramel, a smooth flavorful elixer, 15% abv nearly indetectable, a truly amazing brew, so glad I got to try it!
MaxxDaddy (392) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Spuyten Duyvil. Pours ruby with no head whatsoever. Very sweet and fruity aroma, though there’s no bourbon. Can pick up a bit of that 14.5% ABV in the smell. As far as taste goes, another winner from these folks. Very malt-dominated, with dark fruits coming out en masse along with a touch of tartness. Somewhat sticky palate with a lingering slightly bittersweet finish.
Advocate_Ames (391) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. A nice diminishing head that turns into lacing on my glass. The scent of bourbon hits my nose intensely. It is followed by carmel malts. The BBBW flows with malt and bourbon flavor. The bourbon is more tamed than the scent led me to believe. The sweet roasted malts lend a hand to balance things out. In the end there is slight bitterness and minor dryness. Overall this is a very tasty beverage.
alliance100 (375) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at MBG Winter Festival - pours a hazy brown. Caramel, toffee, and bourbon aromas. Fair amount of alcohol. Lots of caramel and dark fruit flavors. Excellent .
jethrodium (357) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a dark brown with very small white head that settles to a ring and leaves close to no lacing on the glass. The aroma is big caramel, toasted marshmallow, bourbon, toasted oak, and vanilla. The taste is sweet with oak, caramel, bourbon, toasted marshmallow, and vanilla. The finish has a bit of lingering oak. Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Quite enjoyable.
jckp64 (355) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 2009. Pours dark amber with no head. Aroma has hints of bourbon, dark fruits and a bit of vanilla. Has sweet flavor with very little indication of bourbon. Can hardly tell this is a 15% beer.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I could literally copy trbeer's review for this word for word and feel satisfied with the review. I too had this at the Polar Beer Fest right along side trbeer. This was such a drinkable barleywine, that it blew me away. The flavor exploded in the mouth, with hints of spice and a wonderful buttery flavor present. An outstanding beer. Kuhnhenn...I'm in love.