driver76 (40) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very appealing aroma, but the first taste is overpowering. The bitter hops and extremely sweet malts clash rather than compliment. Bitter aftertaste left on the back of the tongue. Has potential, but needs to be pulled back a bit for better balance. A few years aging maybe?
marcus (7810) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Bistro BA festival. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head and a sour malt aroma. There is a sweet malt flavor with lots of oak and a bourbon trail.
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream colored head. Rich brown sugar aroma with light bourbon. Brown sugar and bourbon flavor with rich malt. Medium-plus bodied. Brown sugar and light bourbon lingers with rich malt.
KCBrown (20) - Missouri, USA - MAR 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brew. Ripe fruit, sweet, nice lingering mouth feel... I’d hit this all winter. Too bad it was 79 here today. A repeat for sure.
IrishBoy (3967) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Bistro’s BABF. Nose of light bourbon, oaky vanilla, and toffee. Hazy brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is caramel, light bourbon, and vanilla
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at the 4th Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest on 11/14/2009. This Barley Wine pours a medium brown color. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is brown sugar, bourbon and sweet. A medium to full bodied Barley Wine. The malts are fruity and sweet, lots of brown sugar and molasses. Very smooth tasting. The bourbon flavors are very mellow and smooth. This is a great beer for barrel aging. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep muddy brown with no head. Nice bready and malty nose and flavor with light bourbon, vanilla and oak. Smooth on the palate.
Ratman197 (11504) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a hazy reddish brown with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of brown sugar, carmel, bourbon, vanilla, pepper and light fruittiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of brown sugar, carmel, vanilla and light bourbon with a smooth dry finish.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Bistro Barrel Aged Festival. Pours a murky, reddish-brown color; light-tan head with solid, fine-bubbled lacing. Lots of sour-mash whiskey / bourbon character in the aroma: brown sugar, charred barrel notes; a light sour-mash presence. Decent amounts of bourbon / sour mash notes, warming alcohol and complex maltiness upfront; solid barrel character, earthy malts, brown sugar, some smoked meat character as well; chewy, dense beer. Lasting finish: basic sour-mash bourbon, earthy maltiness, well-integrated throughout.
washoppinin (19) - Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
another great lagunitas brew. Great balance of hops and malt. Sweet nose and taste from the sugar. Nice citric, vanilla, and maple notes. Much like the Imperial Red, but at 10% you feel this one.