ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great cellar find at the North Coast shop, this is a rich Barleywine aged in oak whiskey barrels. Nose of caramel, dried fruits, cherries, with a upfront flavors of caramel, vanilla, and traces of hazelnut, oak earth and dried fruits in the finish. Very warm and rich throughout, but a dry, bitter and roasty finish.
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep beautiful clear body, big bubbled head; Huge intense nose that is good but lacks depth and complexity; Big soft textured body, to big to sharp carbonation, it is way to lively; Lots of aroma in finish, here the texture is wrong. Not enough love has been put into this confused brew.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Grabbed this gem in a trade with Solomon420 a few months back. 375mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a dark hazy caramel brown with a small cream-colored head that hangs around as a decent collar for a while and doesn’t leave much lacing.
The first aroma out of the bottle was the bourbon which remained the dominant smell throughout. There are plenty of other things in the nose with some caramel sweetness, figs, raisins and molasses. On top of all that is the vanilla from the barrel.
The taste followed the aroma but with more of the underlying beer coming out. The sugary sweetness comes out more aggressively and the bourbon plays a more supporting role (which is a positive for me).
The mouthfeel is sticky sweet and medium bodied with minimal carbonation. There is a slight alcohol burn through the finish.
This is a great, great beer and very drinkable given the ABV. A (very) small notch below the Brandy Barrel, but that’s pretty good company. Big thanks to Damian for sharing this rarity.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Lots of alcohol latent fruits, plum, cherry, raisin. Sweet brown sugar, light oakiness, vanilla, and of course loads of bourbon, to much for most, but just right for me.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, rich brown color. Aroma is boozy and strong. Bourbon barrel aging is very prominent. Flavor is very bourbon-forward and very strong. Not bad, but a little to boozy and harsh for me.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle, courtesy of davecooks, huge thank you Dave. Dark brown, hazy pour with virually no head. Big bourbon aroma, came right out and smacked me in the nose. Very sweet and pretty hot as well from the bourbon. I do like it though,its my kind of beer.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 2005 bottle.
Pours a copper color with lots of particulate and a thin off-white head. Aroma is a bourbon, candied sugar, vanilla, wood, Taste is very bourbon, brown sugar, caramel.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one had a slightly different presence to it. The sweetness in this one was just a little over the top for me. Still a pretty good tasting beer.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark clear bronze with a minimal head. Dark fruits, oak, subtle bourbon and an odd tinge of chlorine in the nose. Flavor notes of caramel, wood, vanilla, raisin, fig, bourbon, brown sugar and earthy hop character. Pleasant level of sweetness. Full, round body with a medium level of carbonation. Very good.
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Amorphiss. To be honest, I did not have as much expectation as I had with the brandy version and it might have something to do with the fact that I enjoyed this one better than the Brandy one. Dark mahogany color with tan head that leave thin lace all along the tasting. Strong aroma and flavor of caramel, vanilla, bourbon and somewhat maple. As with its brandy counterpart, the body is thin and the alcohol gets a little overwhelming but the fact that the beer has some complexity and depth makes it very enjoyable to sip in a cold winter night. Thanks Peter!