GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks! Poured a clear copper color with an off white head. Boozy nose with distinct notes of toffee and raisin. Medium to full bodied and sweet with toffee, raisin, bourbon, vanilla, and caramel flavors. Solid stuff.
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
# 1700 !! 375 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized beige head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla and dark fruit. Taste of bourbon, oak wood, vanilla and dark fruit. Excellent stuff. This has aged very nicely.
JAXSON (550) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours dark chestnut brown with a thinn, fizzy head. Rich nose, quite boozy with raisins, pungent whiskey, a bit of vanilla. Flavor is quite different from the brandy version, more chocolate and vanilla sweetness in the mouth. Hot and pleasantly boozy, as expected. Nice sweetness with a lot of that vanilla but not an overly complex flavor. A little bit thin. Nice beer, but I donít think itís an extraordinary barrel-aged barleywine by any stretch.
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle shared by dbuckingham on BA at a beer event I held in SF to celebrate my liver surviving another year (not taking that for granted!). Huge thanks to David for this awesomeness.
Pours clear medium brown with a small tan head that fades.
Aroma is awesome - caramel, toffee, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. This is a great base beer that really stands up well to the barrel aging.
Flavor is sweet and bourbony with spice. Caramel malt and toffee are huge in this one, and you get some oak/vanilla from the barrel, as well as maybe some sherry.
Smooth and medium-full on the palate with low carbonation, which is appropriate in this beer.
Really excellent overall. Just as good as the brandy version. Going to have to make the trip up the next time they release this bad boy.
MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to the one and only daknole.
A: Pours a dark brown hue with a small tan head. Light retention with some legs.
S: Aromas of sweet malts, bourbon, oak, and vanilla.
T: Lots of dark fruit, and sweet candy malts. The barrel melds perfectly. Light oak, sweet sweet vanilla, and the perfect amount of bourbon.
M: Fairly full in body, smooth, light on the carbonation.
D: Very I am honored to have tried this one Dakine!
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of daknole. Pours a dark brown to black with a thin off white head. Some glass lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, light smoke, chocolate, ripe dark fruit, sweet goodness. Flavor is also sweet and malty with notes of overripe cherries, vanilla, oak, light coconut, dark fruit, toffee. Medium to full body with a pleasing boozy finish. Very nice.
BuckeyeBoy (5970) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Thanks to Sam Pours out a dark brown topped with a thin head. Aroma is bourbon with light brown sugar and vanilla notes. Taste is more of the sweetness caramel, vanilla, and some oak. A little hop but a little over powered by the sweetness.
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of daknole. Pours rutty dark brown with thin off white head. The aroma is rich dark fruitiness, bourbon, chewy aged oak and malts all running together in smooth smelling harmony. The taste is similar with creamy caramel, chewy sweet malts and solid aged blunted oak notes. It ends incredibly drinkably smooth yet carrying a bigger barrel presence than the Brandy version.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
POurs brown. Nose is big bourbon, wood, dark fruits, sweet toffee and hints of smoke. Flavor is much the same with dry wood and bigger bourbon notes. A little thin, but still nice.
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Moejuck!!!! Brown pour. Sweet bourbon and caramel jump out of the glass and are followed by some oak and fruit. Flavor is sweet with the perfect amount of bourbon barrel. Brown sugar, toffee, oak...great beer.