EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by ryan. Slightly hazy brown pour. Light tan head. Aroma has bourbon, but unlike other barrel aged beers is not overpowering. Notes of vanilla. Sweet fruity flavor. Notes of chocolate and apple. Honey and molasses malt. Subtle bourbon throughout. Warm bitter finish. Alcohol is noticeable but not harsh or overpowering. Really hides the alcohol well. Iím surprised its 11%.
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2011 Draft at 2010 Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice. Murky brown color with no head. Served very cold, and had to let it warm for a bit for the aromas to show through. Aroma of bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruits. Very balanced aroma, not overpowering in the bourbon department. Taste is quite sweet, not overly so. Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, with just the right carbonation. Delicious, nice work Kuhnhenn!
Tweaking rating on 2/1/10 after drinking bottled version: amazing in the bottle, maybe even a bit better than draft!
deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery during the 2010 Winter Solstice. Poured a hazy muddy brown with a tan head that started and remained at the edges. Aroma had a nice but hot bourbon note that combined nicely with caramel and sweet grains. Flavor was similar with a slightly hot bourbon note that worked nicely with the sweet grains and caramel that came through.
polomagnifico (1157) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Aroma has notes of dark dried fruits, bourbon, caramel. Dark brown hue with an average off-white head. Palate is heavy sweet and bitter. Surprised at how balanced and well integrated the bourbon was. Really enjoyed this one.
Sammy (7718) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed on cask at the brewpub, courtesy of the owners. This aged in bourbon cask was rich and thick. The aromas were delightful, and that carried even more so in the taste, which demonstrated wine and cognac notes. I would love some of this after a special supper. Thick carmel body. Reddish brown
thedm (4851) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of medium sized clear colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a transparent dark orange brown colored body and a oily lacing. The old ale aroma was nutmeg brown malt and woody. The smooth mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The nice flavor contained notes of old ale and vinous. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
nimbleprop (3872) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours a darker copper, amber than the non barrel aged version. Nose of raisins, prunes, grapes, caramel. Salty aroma too. The malts here have oxidized, salty, sweet, caramel, apples. Finish is still a little hot, boozy, full bodied. When I say things have oxidized, thatís an acquired taste... and one I like.
Travlr (9840) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle. Thin brown color. Aroma of caramel, butterscotch. Some bourbon in the taste. Interesting and tasty.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle- red wax. Pours a cloudy amber with not much of a head. Aroma is huge toffee, gold raisins, tiramisu, rich chocolate, vanilla. Very nice. Taste is gold raisins, toffee, spices, very barleywine like. Some of the 11% starts to show through in the finish. Sweet, thick, sticky.
jarspag (601) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2010 2005 Bottle shared w/ Chris & Simon. The type of beer you crack open, hold to your nose, smile, then laugh...donít get much better than this. I really wanted to objectively "rate" this ... Very few beers that Iíve come across can compare. So rich, so decadent, so "WOW!". This is just about perfect for my taste ... that deep, dark, caramel - raisin - choco - fig - amazing wood combo ... smoothed out with a ridiculous velvety mouthfeel...a gum massage. Sweet, but in an amazing way ... that powerful sweet that stays dry. If there was ever a beer that overwhelmed the taste buds with the smallest of sips, this is it. Amazing how well this has held up. Slight oxidation, but no where near going far south. Hopefully we meet again