TheEpeeist (3272) - 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.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Mike for sharing! Bottle pours dark amber color with off white head. Aroma is booze, caramel, and oak. Viscous mouthfeel. Flavor is ash,wood, bourbon, the caramel was like it was made by a candy maker, and finished with the bourbon flavor. I liked the finish the best. I got a sense of the bourbon and what it tasted like as it melded with the other flavors. Just brilliant!
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Mike I think for cracking this open though it could have been someone else. This is my first experience with Marin and hopefully not my last. While bourbon barrel aging big beers is not novel when done right the results are fantastic. This is no exception though I might place it just short of world class.
Aroma / Appearance - Ruby red with little carbonation the body is a rich blend of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. I picked up a bit of something a bit off that came through despite the heat of the alcohol and barrel.
Flavor / Palate - Tasting like warm caramel icing followed by a rinse of bourbon this is big and complex. The hops have taken a back seat to other aspects including in the warm but smooth finish. A decent example of how to properly age a barleywine I think this one has potential to make a name for itself.
hopscotch (8781) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours a murky caramel-color with a small, creamy, white head. Hurricane-like, swirling retention. The nose is an intoxicating swirl of oak, whiskey, caramel, vanilla and coconut. Full-bodied with tingly carbonation. The tangy, sweet flavor offers caramel, bourbon and a rumor of oak. There is a lot of bourbon flavor without a lot of bourbon heat. The lengthy finish is sweet and tangy and bequeaths lingering, rich notes of brown sugar and whiskey. Big time thanks to daknole for sharing his bottle of this world class beer!
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 65 cl. Pours a cloudy opaque dark brown with a creamy, beige head. Aroma has lots overripe fruit, bourbon and licorice allsorts. Quite full-bodied, again lots of caramel and overripe fruit. Sweet caramel and a warming alcohol in the finish. Absolutely no bitterness. 110709
bu11zeye (11929) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(A couple 22oz bottles) Pours a hazy mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and toffee. Flavor of caramel malt, hops (herbal), dark fruit, vanilla, and bourbon.
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle #16 from iowaherkeye. Damn what a beauty. Pours a nice cloudy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is pure sweet bourbon, caramel and oak. Flavor is so well rounded. Smooth and sweet with such wonderful bourbon notes. Vanilla flavors, brown sugar, oak, and more. Damn this was amazing. I wish I had more of this!!
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, Heaven Hill Barrel. Huge thanks to Daknole for busting out this super rare beer. Pours hazy brown with a small beige head. Nose is intense caramel and brown sugar. A little cinnamon and a whiff of bourbon and smoke. Fantastic nose. Flavor is intense fruity caramel. Layers of vanilla and chocolate, a little bit of brown sugar and molasses. Bourbon on the back end. No real alcohol bite even as it warms. This is super balanced with perfect carbonation. Probably the best American Barley Wine I’ve had. Simply outstanding.
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy dark orange to brown with a small off-white head. Smooth and fruity barrel aged aroma. Light eye burn. Vanilla and chocolate malt flavoured. Mild wooden and vanilla finish. Very smooth.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Old Dipsea Barleywine Style Ale, BA
Date: July 11, 2009
Source: RBSG 2009
Appearance: hazy dark amber, scant head
Aroma: sweet dark caramel and vanilla aroma
Flavor: rich caramel malt flavor, nice bourbon, sweet vanilla, balancing oakyness, touch of alcohol
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20