AWISLguy (1967) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Rays in Tosa. Cellared for 2 months. Reddish brown pour with a tan head leaving some streaky lace. Aroma had sweet dark fruits, nuts, grapes and bourbon. Taste is of sweet fruit, nuts, strawberries, grapes, biscuity malts, and tangy cranberries - all soaked in bourbon. Medium to full bodied. With alcohol. Finishes sweet and fruity but not cloyingly so. This was better then expected. Not having the original, tough to know what all the bourbon treatment did, although it shows through a lot. Tasty with the different fruits. 14.6
Cybercat (4272) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours transparent chestnut with a thin but serviceable buff head. Bourbon-infused oak dominates the aroma while letting caramel, fig and subtle nutty tones share the stage. Bold flavor rushes bourbon, wood, figs, caramel and toasty malt across the palate. Mouthfeel presents firm body, if not much fizz. Go on this pilgrimage.
rollsrace (71) - - NOV 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Comparing this to Kentucky bourbon barrel. Itís darker and smoother. Has a strong alcohol presence.
alexsdad06 (7430) - Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Dutchís at home. Pours a clear deep amber/copper color with a small ivory head. The aroma is moderately sweet with caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, and some alcohol standing out. The flavor has quite a bit of sweetness to it. There is caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, raisins, a nutty character I donít remember in the base but I havenít had it in a while, the alcohol is present in the form of a slow burn as the liquid travels down my throat. Medium bodied, a bit sticky, and definitely warming. Solid.
DrSilverworm (9090) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, from Dutchís. 2015 bottle. Hazy darker red, slight brown color. Ring of off-white head, few bits of lace. With the second pour, it actually has a good thin head, touch frothier. I can dig it. Up front, great dark fruit, oak, vanilla. Great, long oaky malty aftertaste. Tasty, desert-like caramel. Moderate sweet taste, moderate bitter, very pleasant mild warmth. Bigger body. Kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Mild dry finish. Great barrel aged barleywine. Awesome that this is available in 12oz bottles. better than I remember the regular Pilgrimís Dole being... Although to be fair, when I tried that base, it wasnít a fresh example. Towards the end, it does get a touch nutty, little overly dry, bit more rough. But overall, enjoyable stuff.
metalhead0043 (174) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz for 4.39 from Samís. Pours clear copper/dark amber with a small head. Aroma is huge oak, vanilla, caramel, some bourbon and a little fruit as well. Taste is nutty, vanilla, bourbon. Heavy, thick body. Overall a nice wheatwhine. The barrel aging really adds a nice touch.
drjay44 (3086) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Vintage 2014. Pours a thick well retained ivory head, with heavy lacing, over a clear copper body........nose is moderate dried fruits, with raisin, date, fig, hints of plum, heavy alcohol, minimal hops,,,,,,taste is sweet, with fig, date, raisin, notes, light whiskey, slight wood, nuttiness, light vanilla, minimal hops......mouth feel, heavy, sticky. chewy body, alcohol burn present, carbonation low. This is a huge, highly complex very alcoholic beer. The alcohol is ethanol, not fusel. BJCP 8/3/13/4/7
jcnielsen (2771) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Pours a dark amber brown color with white head. Caramel, plum, malty, raisin aromas. Caramel sweet, malty, butterscotch flavored ice cream malt, , slight oak, light booze flavors. Light bodied than Iíd expect from a 12% beer. A touch of oak, but I donít get a huge bourbon influence. One of the more easy drinking barley/wheat wines Iíve had.
ads135 (3690) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím glad more breweries are experimenting with the wheatwine and the barrel aging on this adds a level of complexity you donít have in, say, a Blvd Harvest Dance.
ajnepple (4074) - Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Hy-Vee in Muscatine. Amber to brown and clear appearance with a small, lingering tan head. Light sediment and active carbonation. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, oak, bread, vanilla, nutty, light fruity esters and a touch of bourbon. Similar flavor, medium to heavy sweetness, mostly hiding the alcohol. Full body with soft carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Pretty sweet, rich and somewhat complex. Pretty solid barley wine, definitely a sipper.