popery (1119) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBSG09 Grand Tasting notes (thanks to whoever brought it). Heaven Hill version. This beer was a treat, even for someone who isnít the biggest proponent of bourbon barrel aging barleywines. A very nice melded, which is not to say weak, Bourbon flavor. The thick, rich malt flavor is sweet and fruity. Some hops were still evident in a peachy capacity, or maybe that was just malt complexity that I was confusing. There were also very nice notes of brown sugar and vanilla.
womencantsail (6896) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: This is not a particularly attractive beer with a hazy mahogany color with very light carbonation and a small tan head.
S: The nose offers plenty of nice sweet caramel with the oak and bourbon providing a nice vanilla aroma. There are some nondescript dark fruits as well.
T: Like the aromas, this one is full of caramel and vanilla deliciousness. Thereís a nice toffee and molasses flavor as well, along with the nice bourbon and oak and raisins.
M: The beer is a bit warm, but the low carbonation and fairly full body provide for a pleasant experience.
D: I wasnít the hugest fan of the regular Dipsea, but I found that the barrel aging added quite a bit to it. Iím glad Iíve been able to try this one a couple times now.
vyvvy (3225) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to xmarcnolanx for sharing this one. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma has cardboard, bourbon, caramel malt with the barleywine strength and some apples. Medium / full body that is smooth and has light carbonation. The flavor starts with alcohol and barleywine thick caramel malt along with quite a bit of sugariness. the finish has quite a bit of green apple, bourbon and oak.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, Heaven Hill version bottle #
Pours a deep mahogany that shows brighter amber when held up to light and a small bubbly off-white head that recedes quickly to a small collar.
The aroma is sweet with caramel malts and vanilla and the dryness from the barrels coming through as well. There is a watery bourbon aroma that leaves a slight burn in the nostrils with each whiff. Underwhelming aroma to be honest.
The taste steps it up a bit. There is the caramel malt backbone but there are some dark fruits that compliment the bourbon better than the more watered down aromas Iím getting. Itís like rum-soaked raisins. The finish is sweet with brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very slick - bordering on watery, even for a bourbon-barrel beer.
This is a very good barleywine, with the taste really standing out to me. The body is a little light for me and keeps it from being a world-class beer. Itís extremely drinkable and one of the easiest-drinking BBBWs Iíve had.
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is sweet bourbon, vanilla, dull hops, and caramel.
Pours very lightly carbonated.
Taste is bourbon, vanilla, a slight sourness, peat.
Finish is a bit sour and watery. Oak is present, but not overwhelming- in no way aggressive. Bourbon is also well done, but I feel like the overall beer is a bit thin and uninteresting. The bourbon and oak impart the complexity to this beer.
Otherwise, this is a bit underwhelming.
neepsntatties (885) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gad! What a day of treats! Starting with the Hair of the Dog dock sale at 0555hrs., then one heck of a tasting in the evening! Yet another zymurgistic delight courtesy of, "hannont"!! Colour... dark brown with no head at all. Nose... very sweet with brown sugar out the wahzoo! Palate... dark brown sugar, molasses, toffee galore, dark corn sirup, and a lovely long coat for my soft palate and throat to wear this winter!
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 vintage on-tap at Bistroís Barrel Aged Festival 09. Honey brown color with a light haze and small head. The aroma is just bursting with rich caramel, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar and dried fruit. The flavor is similar and very smooth; warming but not really hot. Full bodied with low carbonation. The oak is subtle but the overall impression is decidedly very influenced by the beerís time in the barrel. Very nicely done.
pantanap (3153) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from Joey. Orange label with no bottle number... Pours a mostly opaque muddled caramel brown with a quickly dissipating light beige head... Aroma of semi-assertive bourbon and wood with added notes of caramel/toffee... Flavors are of a similar tone. Sweet overall with a light spicy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel and body has somewhat thinned out. Still pretty solid overall albeit somewhat boozy.
timfoolery (885) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Taps grand opening. This í06 aged brew was one of the best, perhaps the best, Iíve had. Excellent, excellent palate to go with a smooth malt base and solid hops. Amazing.
TheEpeeist (2819) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. I think this was the Heaven Hill version. Foggy brown with a ring and a dot of foam. Nose is caramel, cardamon, orange peel, ginger and whiskey; beautifully integrated. Soft and milky with a slight tang and alcohol warming. Taste is bourbon, raisin, caramel and a touch of brown sugar. Smooth, dry finish with vanilla, wood and grass.