Mad River John Barleycorn (Bourbon Barrel)
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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Heaven Hill Bourbon, 30 weeks.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (7472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Tap at The Rackhouse, 12/17/2012. Clear dark tawny brown with a thin dissipating beige head. Aroma was intense and magical; lots of brown sugar, boozy bourbon, vanilla, caramel, raisins/figs, and a hint of dark cherry and port tones. Flavor was magnificent and full and balanced and smoothly carbonated. Lots of oaked bourbon an brown sugar on the front end, without being too sharp or boozy. Then it gets kinda syrupy and sweet for a moment before returning to an oaked and vanilla twinged wave of caramel, figs, toffee, and black cherries. Brown sugar and oak finish with some boozy warmth. Wonderfully made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14162) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Draft at the Bistro West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Festival. Pours dark orange brown. Aroma is very bourbon. Med body. Flavor is very bourbon/brown sugar. Very nice barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Sampled at the Day After Thanksgiving Tasting 2011. Notes of chocolate, oaky woody, molasses. A little hot. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9219) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
On tap at Bistro BA Fest. Pours dark brown with a bourbon and toffee aroma and a thin beige head. There is a carbonated raisin and bourbon flavor with a very warm alcohol trail.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Draft. Rich caramel beer with an off-white head. Caramel/toffee aroma with light bourbon. Bourbon flavor with caramel/toffee. Medium-plus bodied. Bourbon lingers with caramel/toffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4186) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 16, 2010
On tap at the Bistro -Bal Aged Fest. Pours a slightly hazy reddish-amber color from the tap with a small but lasting off-white head sitting on top. The aroma is excellent, with sweet caramel malts, a nice barrel character with vanilla and slight oxidative notes, bourbon, and a little sherry. The flavor is bomb. Sweet caramel malt and toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and nice dried fruit notes. Very tasty. Medium-full bodied with carbonation on the softer side and a rather smooth mouthfeel. I actually liked this slightly better than the brandy version, although not many others agreed with me on that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
12oz bottle, "Bourbon Barrel Aged" label, bottle #72 / 156, courtesy of my friend Kyle (an awesome surprise gift from his trip up north). Thanks, dude! Pours a deep, dark cola color with high clarity; thin, light-tan head that soon leaves only a thin perimeter of tight-packed bubbles. There’s a sour-mash quality to the barrel treatment that I can’t help but parallel with a pickle-like character, but that quickly tempers out to merely a bit of a rough barrel treatment; some alcohol apparent, a tasty caramel note, as well as a bit of ashiness; overall: a beer overwhelmed by the barrel. Medium-full body; light carbonation. Lots of prominent bourbon notes at the forefront of things, really overwhelming the base beer (not getting the same degree of pickle-y notes as at first, but this is still a bit rough); lots of mouth-filling barrel character that isn’t especially harsh, but it’s really just too much for John Barleycorn; the caramel, chewy notes of the base beer are still pleasant underneath, trying to keep up, but this is definitely a top-heavy and underwhelming barrel treatment; it becomes all barrel with an underweight base. Lasting finish: soft bourbon, caramel; the sweetness here is kept in check; layered, tasty, lightly toasty end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (4947) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
At Strangebrew 2010 in Eureka, CA. This poured a muddy brown with a robust tan head. Nose of ripe fruit, vanilla, oak, caramel malts, and of course bourbon. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is very rich with the same fruit, vanilla, oak, caramel malts, and whiskey found in the aromas. Finish is long and bitter. Takes a fantastic beer and makes it even better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2010
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a cloudy brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, carmel and fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, carmel and fruittiness with a smooth lingring oaky carmel finish.

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