douglas88 (5152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Holiday Ale Festival, listed as Oakshire Brandywine. Pours a dark copper color with a medium beige head. A sweet brandy nose, some toffee and dark candies. The flavor is more heat, a bit of sweet dry malts, rum cake, light oxidation. Marmalade. Quite good. Unusual.
bhensonb (9837) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours very darkly ruddy with a light tan head. Aroma is cinnamon!?! Full bodied. A little heat. Flavor is brown sugar, winy grape, brandy, oak, and once again cinnamon. Or is that a combo of brown sugar and chocolate? Great stuff. Has sort of a brandy burn.
marcus (5621) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Belmont Station. Pours dark brown with almost no head and an alcohol and spice aroma. There is a hearty fruit and dark molasses flavor with brown sugar, chocolate, wine and alcohol. Has aged nicely for over a year.
alexsdad06 (3835) - Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at FoBAB ’12. Pours a hazy dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma had caramel/toffee, oak, apple brandy that became a touch boozy. The flavor was moderately sweet caramel and toffee, apple brandy, oak, vanilla that still had a touch of heat.
pdx77 (785) - Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Roscoe’s. Really bold fruit flavor, especially apple notes. The aging mellows out the hoppiness.
TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at FoBAB 10 - 2012 (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich deep brownis pour, well hazed. Dark with a frothy tannnis head. Aromas are apple brandy, oak, vanilla, gentle spirit. Oak, vanilla, toffee and toast, some sweetness. Initial is smooth medium bodied, a firm apple brandy sweetness, touches of apple. Middle is apple, toffee, gentle spice. Some gentle sweetness. Backend and finish offers tannoic oak, vanilla, apple. Really nice, settles a bit. Tasty, a bit hot, big Apple Brandy influence that gives some good flavors but interferes on the palate a bit with integration.
hombrepalo (1714) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fobab. Pours amber with an off white head. Bourbony sweet aroma with some sweet caramel malty sweetness. The flavor has some bourbony and woody notes with some toffee like malty notes. Tasty.
crossovert (5644) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It definitely picked up a lot form the brandy barrels. Slightly fruity. It is a bold barleywine to begin with so expect a blast of flavor.
boFNjackson (3904) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Saraveza... Poured quite dark, a dense brown pour with a thin head. This was a super solid barley wine. Lots of rich dark fruits, dark sugars like toffee and caramel. Some booziness but it was quite balanced. Low bitterness and was more on the malty sweet side for the style.
mcberko (4813) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on tap at PIB, pours a very dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma of brandy barrels, liqueur, candied sugar and noticeable booze. Flavour of brandy barrels, dark fruits, toffee and English malts. Very full-bodied and well-designed. Sweet, but never cloying. Very rich and full-filling. A world-class BA barley wine here.