KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown with tiny beige head. Sweet vinious aroma with plums, bourbon, wood caramel and roasted malt. Sweet and somewhat boozy flavor that goes the same way.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hats off to moejuck for sending this bad boy over! Pours dark brown with orangey red highlights and a short-lived moderate tan head. The bubbles are oddly weak on this and rise to the surface quick as soda. Aroma is a lovely mix of brown sugar, peppermint, toffee vanilla, wood, sweet booze, wood, and just a bit of raspberry glaze (like for cheesecakes). Fantastic nose, a bit hot, but what do I care when it smells so good? Flavor is a bit more subdued than the aroma in comparison with a heavily boozy, woody flavor; some brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, vanilla and lot of alcohol make their appearance as well. Finishes very hot with a pleasant vanilla and brown sugar flavor up front, wood and buttered toast on the back and a mellow toasty bitterness. The body of this beer seems a bit strange overall. What should be thick and creamy is only somewhat thick, and completely lacking in that soft creamy mouthfeel that I know this beer should have. What happened to the carbonation? It’s plenty carbonated, but without the creaminess. The regular 05 Old Stock behaves a lot more normally. Anyway, the aroma here is just fantastic, but the flavor could have been a little better and the heat shouldn’t have gotten this out of hand. Worth trying though!
AmEricanbrew (6211) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy chestnut color with a fleeting tan head. Huge bourbon vanilla aroma with pit fruits in the background. Smooth, full body. Big whiskey vanilla and wood flavors riding a heavy, boozy pit fruit base brew. The big alcohol gets in the way a little bit. A great fire side sipper, but not so satiating on this hot, humid summer afternoon.
decaturstevo (5390) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A brown and hazy pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of bourbon flavored raisin juice. Solid flavor of dates and raisins cured in bourbon. Full palate and solid carbonation. A beer I would trade my next born child for.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle via trade with cloudskipper. Thanks for this one man, wow! Pours dark brown almost black with a tiny beige head that didn’t last long. Nose of sweet malts and bourbon. Flavor was big on alcohol, molasses, spice, dark fruit and vanilla. The only that keeps this beer from being spectacular was the abundance of alcohol, it was over powering, still a great Barley Wine.
blankboy (6444) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (375ml) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy dark reddish-brown with a small diminishing fizzy off-white head. Big malty aroma along with alcohol, spices, lots of bourbon and vanilla, oak, dark fruit and light hops. Flavour’s also quite malty, along with vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark fruit, spices and a good amount of alcohol. Very nice stuff but definitely a sipper -- and a little goes a long way.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 375 ml bottle via trade - Pours a hazy brown color with a 1/2 finger thick light tan head that faded pretty quick. Little carbonation and virtually no lacing. The aroma is big oak/bourbon up front. As the beer warms the toasted malt, dark esters, and vanilla becomes noticeable. Flavor is esters, oak/bourbon, lightly sweetened toasted malt, and vanilla. The beer seems a little thin and somewhat fizzy on the palate. Alcohol is noticeable but doesn’t take much away from the beer. It definately get better as it warms. A very nice BW. Thanks John.
Grovlam (4160) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. [After party @ Papsoe, thanks buddy] Average beige bubbly head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Somewhat cloudy dark amber color. Aroma of bourbon, wood, grain, dried fruit. Over the palate came heavy notes of wood, vanilla, bourbon, spice, bread, and toasted malt. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and thick alcoholic texture. Heavy sweet flavor with some counter bitterness. Lingering sweet bourbon finish. 8 / 3 / 8 / 5 / 18
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (375ml - green, corked & caged). Shared with blankboy and garthicus via trade with Irishboy - thanks, Richard - again!. Deep reddish-brown pour, frothy off-white head. Medium alcohol aroma, solid sweet bourbon, but not cloying - thin oak, solid caramel malt and some candied fruit. Taste is big sweet vanilla bourbon alcohol up front, smooth as a baby’s butt, but quite warming. Fairly lively mouthfeel, slick and thick, long boozy finish; this is powerful stuff - not quite as good as the brandy barrel, but good f’in stuff - thanks again, Richard!!
yespr (34303) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
37.5 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown with a lacing off-white head. Alcohol dense malt aroma, spiced too. Flavour is dense malt and solid to burning alcohol. Holds a sharp burn into the finish. Warming alcohol finish with a lingering malt note. Has somewhat of a burn into the far finish. Way too alcohol dense for my liking.