Tinco (572) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Short review due to the massive amounts of beer I drank during the CBC13.) Good!
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Figured I might as well finally rate this, second bottle ever for me. Pours a very thick and dark mahogany brown with an ever so slight layer of bubbles, this is pushing syrupy, but definitely has carbonation. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, dark dried fruits, roasted cashews, and a whole lot of bourbon. Flavor will knock your socks off both figuratively and literally. This is strong, warm, thick, and so damn tasty. Leaves a really pleasant taste in the mouth after, but is a big time sipper.
joshwoodward (567) - - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had a taste on tap at the brewery. Way too boozy and sweet for my taste. Full of raisiny booze flavors.
budznsudz (566) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours murky dark brown with a thin ring of foam. Aroma is spice, caramel, oak, and bourbon. Taste is chocolate, toffee, spice, oak, dark fruit, vanilla, and booze. Really complex. Deserving of #1 in its class.
jdb288 (562) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle opened in 2014. Pours muddy red brown with no head. Aroma is nutty, allspice, slightly floral. Taste is like sticky pudding; lots of toffee here with some great bourbon notes in the background. Super smooth and deceptively drinkable.
Lothore (555) - California, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- Pours a deep, murky brownish hue with no head whatsoever.
S- Smell is huge. Mixed dark fruits, raisins, figs, brown sugar, possibly a hint on bourbon on the back end.
T- Taste is gigantic deep and dark with plenty of raisin and fig notes with a vinous quality to them. Ends very full with lots of bourbon.
M- Thick and sticky with very little carbonation.
D- Honestly, I liked kuhnhennís bourbon barleywine a lot better. This reminded me a lot more of extaneous ale and was a little over the top for me.
Bartzilla (548) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy crap. What a flavorful ale! Thanks to WeeHeavySD I got to taste this monster of a beer. Really sweet with a ton of barrel flavor to it. A sipper indeed, though Iíd love to crush a few of these back to back and see what it does to my state of mind. Delicious. I want more.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on-tap at the Kuhnhenn Brewery on a paddle.
Appearance: Pretty nice. About a finger of a tan head and surprisingly decent lacing. The beer is a dark brown color with red when held to light. Looks better than I expected... I thought it may look flat.
Smell: Compared to the standard 4D (í11), this had a lot of caramel. There was also quite a lot of darker fruits there as well. The vanilla notes that youíd expect from barrel aging werenít really there all that much. A very nice smelling beer all the same.
Taste: Having side-by-side with the regular 4D, this was definitely a bit more mellow, as one would expect given the barrel. Itís not a huge difference, but itís noticeable. The mouth feel is maybe a bit thicker. The taste itself on this one just isnít on par with the regular 4D... of course, thatís just my humble opinion. The BB4D mellows out the fruity notes quite considerably and replaces them with a maltier, sweeter flavor. Itís still excellent, but not quite as tasty.
Iím extremely happy to have gotten the chance to try this beer. I donít think itís as legendary as some people said it would be (like I said, I preferred the standard í11 4D), but I liked it. Recommended.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 12 oz bottle. Pours a thick, dark red with no head. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, toffee, raisin, woody and hints of alcohol. Flavors are so intense. Mouthfell is wonderful. Sweet up front that ends bitter and a bit hot. There is so much to this beer. Gets better as it mellows in the glass. Awesome beer.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Recieved this gem in a trade with badbeer, thanks again. A hard pour conjures up a minimal swirling of head that disappears rather quickly. Thereís a tiny ring of head around the edge of the glass. The small head is expected from such an alcohol bomb such as this. The color on the pour is a muddy brown before becoming opaque dark brown in the glass.
I donít think this beer could even accomodate another aroma. Big nose filling whiffs of dark rye and pumpernickle bread start things off. All this bready goodness is wrapped around a handful of brown sugar and molasses. This again is all wrapped around a sweet oaken whiff of bourbon. Everything comes together flawlessly. Thereís alcohol in there but I can feel the fumes more in my eyes and nose that smell itís presence.
Flavor picks up right wherethe smell left off. The swett notes (brown sugar and molasses) are just the right intensity bringing the bready malts into the oak and bourbon perfectly. The breadiness up front is absolutely mouthwatering and just pulls you right in. The bourbon and oak accompany the breadiness without being too dominant. World class old ale!
The mouthfeel is just as perfectly done as the rest of the drink. Sluggish carbonation leaves this beer sliding slowly along your tongue. As it slowly works through every seperate flavor grabs hold at some point or another. The body has some weight to it and coats the mouth nicely.
The alcohol and big bold flavors keeps this a one and done type of beer. The bottle Iím drinking now will be a pleasure to finish but thatís enough for one sitting.
This is not only a world class olde ale but a world class beer period. The barrel aging sets this beer on an entirely different level. Iím glad I could get my hands on one of these. Itís a great beer to celebrate Christmas.