kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of Ryan. Thanks a ton, dude. Pours an oily, dark brown color with a thin perimeter of light-tan bubbles; an oily, viscous, heavy pour. Gorgeous, dense aroma: dried dark fruits, maple syrup and toasty, soft bourbon notes; intensely generous, sweet without being sticky, and a gorgeous caramel / soft viscous bourbon character, with a touch of roasted meats / smoked malts; awesome nose. Full, impressively dense mouthfeel: soft carbonation; lots of dried dark fruits, caramel, and maple syrup; the bourbon character is soft, toasty, slight vanilla presence, and lots of sweet dried fruits; beautifully aged at this point, with a touch of dried caramel coming through, seeming like oxidation (though light); remarkably drinkable and well-integrated; a touch of sour-mash character from the bourbon, adding a bit of acidity; minimal alcohol, if any, which is pretty sweet for 14.5% beer; I could drink a ton of this, and will likely never get the chance to. Awesome, perfectly blended stuff. A touch of smoked meat and smokiness / charred malts. Long finish: sweet, intricate bourbon, dried dark fruits, and maple syrup; great bourbon barrel aging serving to restrain a previously unhinged barley wine. This is how barrel aging should go.
markwise (5085) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy mackarel! Thanks to goryshkewych for this bottle. This was amazing! Pours slightly hazy orange-copper with an off-white head. Nose is cotton candy, roast, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, slight brandy, raisin, almost no booze, and lots of wonder. Flavor is virtually the same and lingers with sugar, fruit, brandy, and raisins. Exceptional barleywine.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2009 courtesy of xmarcnolanx, thanks man! wow. this thing is huge, and scarily smooth. tastes like backwoods and utopias or something, crazy delicious! great finish, warm and fuzzy mouthfeel, great beer.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012. Just bottled and shared by Brad at Kuhnhenn. Pours dark toffee colored brown with small tan head. Aromas of sweet caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, and coconut. Smelled amazing. Probably the best aroma I have ever experienced in a beer. Flavor of sweet caramel, rich bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and some molasses. There is some heat, but is insanely drinkable for such a big beer. Sweet and bourbony. So complex. Awesome 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
wetherel (1858) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 1, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Thanks Jon! Tasted at Jon’s 2000th tasting. I’ve been waiting a while to try this, drooling at it in Jon’s mini fridge. Excellent aroma. Crazy good. Rich buttery oaky brown sugar. sweet. Tastes as good as it smells.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared w/ J, K, and Simon at the 6/27 Del Mar Doom. Thanks Derek! F me...this is unreal. Silly, stupid, ridiculous. You know those beers you crack, sniff, and laugh? What you’d expect in the nose - but to perfection. Oak, bourbon, sweet malt/toffee, mellowed and powerful. Flavor boasts PLUM, sweet (a good sweet), oak, bourbon, raisin, toffee, candy apple, caramel, slight roast in the finish ... a really pleasant heat. Palate is aged to perfection and soft... beginning to push the limits of a "beer". This was a ’wow’ type beer in every way. You guys should probably make this again.
beernbourbon (1488) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by John at DLD pre-party, thanks man. Pour is insanely viscous deep rich caramel color with a very very thin ring of white bubbles. This pours like maple syrup, my god it looks good. Aroma is way huge toffee malt with loads of brown sugar and light bourbon. Palate = awesome and smooth. Flavor is also like maple syrup with notes of bourbon and almost no alcohol to be found. Hell yes.
arkurzynski (2142) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to FlandersNed. Deep brown with red hues and a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Amazing aroma of sweet, dark cherry, bourbon-soaked, candied plums and raisins, sweet molasses, caramel, dark fruit, a hint of mustiness and some booze. Flavor is candied dark fruit, raisins, molasses, and woody bourbon. Thick, sticky mouthfeel that coats the palate. Lingering wood and sweet, dark fruit. Sweetness makes this a sipper. Booze, while fairly apparent in the aroma, is barely noticeable in the flavor or finish. Top notch!
PhillyCraft (5210) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 Bottle with Bill during the birds game. Pours a deep brown with red hues, barely any head or lacing to note. Aromas of bourbon, wood, dark fruit, candy sugar, and malts. Taste is plums, cocoa, cherries, brown sugar, bourbon, and oak. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth slightly syrup. and layered with flavors. Reminds me of a perfectly cellared thomas hardy. Full bodied. Top 3 barleywine for me.