Theydon_Bois (12731) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Chriso’s post GBBF minidig, 16/08/14.
Chestnut brown / dark amber with little in the way of a head.
Nose carries prominent bourbon tones, dark toffee fudge, spice, woody booze, vanilla.
Taste comprises rich malt, caramel, creme brulee, good dose of bourbonics, rich fruit cake, light spice.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the close.
Decent enough barley wine, doesn’t drink at 12%!
sudomorph (910) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 12oz bottle. Pours a bright, ruby/caramel with a thin head. Aroma has smooth, sweet notes of bourbon barrel, dark fruits, and caramel. Taste is sweetwr with large notes of caramel, bourbon, dark fruits, a hint of nuts. Full body with a medium carbonation. Pretty clean though slightly syrupy with a dry finish. Overall tasty. Smooth bourbon barrel notes with caramel and dark fruits.
nimbleprop (5892) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Black Squirrel’s Michigan beer event during DC Beer Week 2014. Pours a clear amber with some creamy off white head. Nose has some booze, some tropical fruit, caramel, bits of wet coconut, sort of candied pineapple, honey. Flavor is like pineapple upside down cake, caramel, orange, vanilla, booze. Sticky finish.
Benzai (10060) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from bottle @ ChrisO after GBBF day 3. Clear dark orange to red color, average sized off-white to beige head. Aroma is sweetish, dark fruits, raisins, quite strongly vanilla and bourbon. Taste malts, sweetish, raisins, lots of bourbon, lightly vanilla, wood. Full body, medium to full carbonation. Wow, very nice!
solidfunk (5291) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good showing for style, with candied malt balanced with some florals, a properly subtle barrel injection and light booze. Some light sweet orange. Finishes sweet. Pours clear amber with ok head and lacing. Tap at Black Squirrel.
DCLawyer (1866) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle->snifter. Amber with faint offwhite head. A: caramel malt, dark fruit, syrup, vanilla. T: caramel, sweet brown sugar, raisins, bourbon kick. Smooth with a snap. Chewy. Slight cardboard on the finish, but overall a very good brew.
DialSquare (3399) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Daily Growler. Deep orange - brown pour slight off-white ring. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, nutty. Tastes are sweet candied malt, vanilla, Bourbon, oak. Sweetness gets knocked down by the booze balancing everything out for the most part - just a little hot late. Good sipper. 7.4
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Reddish caramel, deep, frothy sandy head, little lacing.   Sweet up front, bready, pale breadiness, a touch of mango.   A very malty example of a Barley Wine.   Seems to be a heavier Wheat Wine.   Big rich maltiness, bready, some soft dark pitted fruit, with a touch of tropical fruit.   Fairly full bodied.   Finishes rich, thick, with strong caramel breadiness, some dark pitted fruit.   Bigger than expected.   Thanks Kevin!
BeerInHeaven (258) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from my boss. Thanks Shawn! Pours a deep copper brown. medium beige head. aroma is strong malt and alcohol. definitely has a bourbon taste with a syrupy finish. High quality, but not my style.
Tmoney99 (11908) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark copper color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy bourbon, dark fruit and sweet malt aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit sweet bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy sweet alcohol finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.