beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This Barley Wine pours a murky dark reddish brown color from a corked 375ml bottle. Small sized white foamy head, that quickly disappears. The aroma is caramel, dark fruit, raisins, oak and bourbon. The barrel character is more pronounced here than with the Brandy Barrel beer. A medium bodied Barley Wine. The malts are caramel, dark fruit and sweet. The hops are earthy. This one is more oak and bourbon sweetness than the Brandy Barrel aged version, it has more oak and wood than fruit. Still very smooth tasting. . Hides the 14.5% alcohol very well. Some chocolate and toffee flavors emerge as it warms. Nice beer. There are lots of flavors mixing going on around here. It is interesting how the different barrels completely change the character of this beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
dmac (4282) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #700 375 ml bottle from padrefan98, thanks Jon. Poured the exact opposite of what I was expecting. Well it did have the classic muddy murky brown color but instead of no or slight head there was an average very fizzy beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, booze and barrel. Medium bodied but with lots of carbonation, very uncharacteristic for a barley wine. Flavor of lots of bourbon, wood, and finishes with some caramel and toffee notes. This one has great flavor and aroma but is still very hot. Worth seeking out and is something to cellar for a few years.
bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 2005 vintage. Rich dark mahogony with a tan head. Earthy, caramel, light bourbon aroma with a bit of vanilla. Rich malt, light bourbon, slight alcohol flavor with some sweetness and brown sugar. Nice complexity. Medium bodied. Lingering brown sugar, caramel, slight oak. Alcohol present. Very nice, but definitely a sipper.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
20071216 375ml sampled at Madness with the Moose. Thin, hot, and full of bourbonís kick. Mild wood notes throughout and nice vanilla for balance. nice enough and worth sitting on for a short while.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at Tomís UGT Pt. 2.
Dark brown amber colour with some big streaky legs. No head but the high abv doesnít help. Looks good enough to me though. Iím really not a fan of bourbon and it is fairly evident in the aroma. Husky, chewy caramel malt with a bit of paper and big coconut notes from the barrel. Flavour is very good. Creamy and rich with some spritzy alcohol, big burly barley and more of the caramel malt from the aroma. Beautiful delicate barrelly sourness. Damn this is boozy. Enjoyably perverse. Great stuff but I enjoyed the regular Old Stock.
kramer (5177) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle, via TheCheeseMan. Pours a dark garnet to amber body with a small fizzy beige head that faded pretty quickly despite the vigorous carbonation. The nose is heavily bourbon-y with oak, vanilla, big brown sugar, moderate alcohol vapors, and tons of heavy malt. The flavor is actually pretty mellow on the bourbon thankfully, way way more of the vanilla and woody notes up front. The boozyness comes out a little on the finish, but just like the regular Old Stock, itís second fiddle to the huge maltiness. Nice char, oak, and vanilla linger on late into the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth with zero stickiness, it really has a wonderful aged feel to it. A good bit of warmth radiates from the chest with every sip, but I really wouldnít say that this is "hot" at all. Nice soft gentle carbonation after it was allowed to sit and breathe for a while, right out of the bottle it seemed a bit fizzy. All in all a pretty tasty beverage.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 Bottle generously shared by Ty5592. I owe you man! Thanks! Pours a murky brown with a light tan dissipating head. Aroma is divine- vanilla, brown sugar, malt. Full bodied with a nice earthiness and soft carbonation. Rich texture without being syrupy. Flavor of rich malts, vanilla, sweet bourbon, and dark caramel. Mid palate- you get some subtle hints of tobacco, smoke, and oak. I like the balance between the sweetness and bitterness. The finish is boozy without being hot or peppery. Amazing beer that should be in the top 50.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 vintage from the brewery. Iím surprised this is rated so much lower than the brandy...I guess Iím just a fan of these bourbon bombs, or that I just donít care much for brandy. Either way, this really is pushing the limits of "beer". Bourbon, oak, musty wood, leather, toffee, sweet malts, booze...all seap from the nose and in the flavor. A ton of heat in the finish, but it is still pleasant enough for me....This is more a snifter type sipping beverage - and a damn good one at that (depending on what youíre in the mood for).
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Dough77 for this one! Cracked this bad boy w/John_adam and man it was impressive. A carmel, vanilla, brown sugar, and bourbon treat!! Unreal the amount of flavor this thing creates. Very drinkable for 14%, I was quite surprised actually. Drank an 06 old stock before it just to see the difference. This is much better than the regular. The bourbon really blends well with this brew, I recommend trading for this one. I actually enjoyed this more than the angels share!!!! crazy talk right?
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of the therealbastard. This guy has no problem opening anything at anytime. Big aroma of bourbon. Sweet malt mixed with bourbon and vanilla flavors throughout. Finish was kind of harsh. Not bad for almost 15%.