MaxxDaddy (415) - 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.
Clownoisseur (405) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 vintage. Pours a deep mahogany. Copper hues. A small tan head that fades to a ring. A bit of leg creeps up the glass. Aromas of roasted malt, wet oak, whiskey and dark fruit. Hot! Taste follows the nose with the barrel character being very prominent. Rich roasted barley, dark fruits and some earthiness carry the body, but ultimately, it is the wet oak bourbon that leaves the final impression. Good stuff, but a bit too barrel-forward at this time.
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!
jethrodium (366) - 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 (356) - 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.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as bad as someone might think. The bourbon is so well controlled it works wonders with this brew. Its still in there and works right along with the 14.5%, but its not really offensive and you can enjoy the beer without having to deal with it. Sweet and malty with a big bourbon finish, this was another treat from the Winter Michigan Beer Fest.
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at a Tampa crew tasting 7-22-2010. Pleasant bourbon barrel notes, caramel, vanilla. The moderate sweetness was spot on. Great brew.
Dunt (301) - Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brought this bottle that I received as an extra from a generous trading partner. Pours a deep mahogany in color with almost no head. Slightly murky, but still see through when held to the light. Nose is rich with malt, bourbon, butterscotch, caramel, and light booze. Flavor mirrors the nose with the booziness a little more in your face than the nose. Could probably benefit from some more time. Smooth mouthfeel despite the booziness. Full bodied with a long finish. Good barleywine, but probably doesn’t touch the upper echelon of BA barleywines. Still very good beer though.
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks a ton ryan. Pours a very thick and dark brown. Has a very strong aroma that’s *almost* perfectly balanced, but it’s a tiny bit boozy- other than that, a nice mix of bourbon, raisins, alcohol, and sweet cherries. Taste is quite strong the whole way through, starting off dominated by sweet raisins and bourbon, fading to alcohol and bitter malt. Finish has some bitter malt, alcohol and bourbon.