mcberko (4843) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap for Hard Liver ’12, pours a cloudy dark orange with a small beige head. Aroma of light bourbon, liqueur-covered fruits and toasted bread. Flavour of very pleasant wood / bourbon notes, vanilla, toffee and light hops. Light-bodied for a barley wine but very pleasant.
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver ’12. Pours reddish orange. Bourbon-soaked fruit on the nose. Great balance, with just the right amount of bourbon coming through. Really nice.
daknole (8013) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lightly hazy orangish pour. Sweet oak/whiskey notes hit the nose followed by some great brown sugar, and citrus. Flavor is big time whiskey, sweet oak, syrupy notes. Quite a big beer and good!
HonkeyBra (2873) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at FoBAB 2010. Reddish orange with a very small off white head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, light vanilla and fruit. Flavor is pretty similar. Lots of boozy bourbon and caramel. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Finishes on a sweet boozy note.
hombrepalo (1716) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled @ FoBaB 2010. Appearance is a clear, copper color. Moderate, malty aroma. Sherry notes with sweet caramel and some dark fruits. Taste is a light caramel, malty sweetness that is very well balanced by a the bourbon flavors in the finish. Mildly warming and hides the 11% very well. light body. Soft carbonation. Very easy drinking...
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ the brew pub. Pours a cloudy caramel brown with a small beige ring. Nose was bourbon dominate but not over the top. Some candied tree fruits and toffee in there as well. Finish was a little hot but pretty tasty overall.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Stone 14th Anniversary. Golden pour with nice head. Aroma was brown sugar, burnt caramel, and some whiskey. Taste was mild bourbon and sweet sugars. Mild carbonation. Overall pretty good and not over the top with the bourbon.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Stone 14th. Copper red hue. Sweet and caramel-forward barleywine, whiskey/vanilla warming tones from the wood, dark fruit and alcohol warmth, smooth and drinkable at 11%
manuchampions (1223) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at Maui Brewing in Lahaina. Poured a taffy brown with thin head. Aroma was boozy and unsettled with sharp hops and treacle. Taste was severely uneven. Booze overpowered any subtleties. Hops are evident with some malt backing but this feels like a beer lacking refinement and finish. Not a good quality barley wine, more of a booze monster.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 Sample at the Stone 14th. Rating# 3. Very clear copper pour with a dirty off-white head. Caramel malt was the dominating aroma. Flavor is quite nice, rich caramel, a little fruitiness, a bit of heat, but still very drinkable. (1359)