slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Pours from the growler a dark chestnut brown...one of the darker barleywines around. little to no head. huge sweet aroma of dark fruits, carmel, vanilla, bourbon. Body is nice...slick, sweet, low on carbonation because the growler had been open, but it works well for this deeeelicious sipper. Drinks like a fine spirit, with little heat. Complex, sweet-leaning barleywine, always with a raisin undertone, and obvious but not overpowering barrel influence. Would LOVE to try the base. Far and away the best I’ve had out of Susanville!"
anders37 (16948) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ SF Beer Week Opening Celebration 2013, Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco, CA. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty strong bourbon and vanilla aroma with hints of caramel and dark fruit. Sweetish malty spicy bourbon and dark fruit flavor with hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit finish with hints of bourbon and vanilla in the aftertaste.
joeneugs (3335) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at the SF beer week opening celebration. It pours a brown color with a small orange head. The aroma is full of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruity raisins, and alcohol. The flavor is fruity with plums, dates, raisins, big bourbon, cocoa, and some alcohol heat. Very bright barley wine dark fruitiness with nicely balanced bourbon barrel notes. A very pleasant surprise from a new local brewer!