hopscotch (9559) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours hazy and caramel-colored with a mid-sized, fluffy, white head that dissipates faster than you can say “quick.” The bouquet is a blend of oaken funk, medium-dry sherry, bourbon, caramel, vanilla and coconut. Medium to full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and jazzy carbonation. The flavor is lightly tart and mildly sweet, providing far less caramel and bourbon that the barrel aged base beer. This version is more attenuated than the regular BBA Dipsea . Less body and more carbonation. There is still a load of bourbon flavor without a lot of bourbon heat. A bit thin in places, this version. The finish is sweet and faintly tart with hints of brown south Florida cane sugar and a nice splash of bourbon. Dries out a good bit afterward. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!
jkwalking05 (3939) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Deep ruby brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is of toffee, bourbon, caramel. prune and a light lemon tartness. Taste is of brett, caramel, bourbon, and oak.
illidurit (2175) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours dark cola brown with a small khaki head. Thick milk chocolate and caramel in equal proportion on the aroma, plus a little added brett fruitiness. Flavor is strong caramel, light toasted coconut, and depending on the sip, a burst of tart pineapple. Finish is very short and dry from the brett, almost too short actually.
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Mahogony beer with a cream head. Yeast and light tart aroma with light earthiness. Caramel and yeast flavor with light brett. Medium bodied. Caramel and yeast lingers with light brett.
peteinSD (1407) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a murky brown/red with a slick of tan foam. Aroma is tart cherry, dry brett, vanilla, oak, and light bourbon. Taste is tart fruit up front followed by bourbon with vanilla, some brett, darker raisin and sweet malt, and more dry brett with bourbon and a prickle from the alcohol. Smooth, coasting mouthfeel. The brett is secondary to the tart fruit flavors and bourbon. Very unique and enjoyable barley wine.
Huhzubendah (2674) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Matt, courtesy of Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!
A: Hazy, reddish brown color with very little head. The head hastily withers to a thin, wispy layer and leaves virtually no lacing.
S: Sweet malts, toffee, alcohol, an atypical scent that must be brettanomyces. I am quite unfamiliar with brett in this context, and find this beer quite intriguing.
T: The beer is decent tasting. The flavor is unusual, but not off-putting, like I feared. Of course, it’s malt heavy with some nice toffee notes. Bourbon comes through in the finish.
M: Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation and warming alcohol in the finish.
D: A fun and interesting beer. I’d have this again. This is a good bottle to share a few ways.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-02-2011
bhensonb (11534) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 (see picture) bomber shared by IrishBoy. Pours very dark brown with a transient beige head. Aroma of sour brett and cherry. Med+ body. Flavor is sour chocolate cherry. Brown sugar in the background. Excellent.
marcus (6788) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber with red wax shared by IrishBoy. Pours brown with a thin beige head and a cherry and alcohol aroma. There is a chocolate cherry flavor over a sturdy sweet malt base with a bourbon finish. Nicely aged and a good use of brett.
IrishBoy (3889) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from iowaherkeye. Nose is berries, bretty funk, toffee, and bourbon. Clear very dark brown with a medium tan head. Flavor is toffee, fruity, light sweetness, only a slight bit of brett, and candisugar.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy dark plum color with a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing.
Sweet, slightly boozy aroma with a decent barrel presence countered by leathery malt, toffe and dark fruit. Hints of dry oak, bourbon, vanilla and spice followed by notes of dark cherry, plum and grape.
Medium bodied with a strong barrel presence that slightly overpowers the other notes. Lots of dry oak and alcohol flavor but not much heat, vanilla or sweet bourbon. Could use more body and bourbon flavor. The barleywine flavor is overpowered with subtle leathery malt, toffee and caramel and there’s also a strong dark fruit presence. Becomes more complex but as it warms but is still lacking in bourbon flavor. It is becoming more dry and spicy but still not balanced enough.