JoeTheYounger (1153) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from DA. Cloudy copper pour with bubbly thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon and spicy black pepper. Taste is very similar with a bitter astringent taste that lingers. Low to med carbonation.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oakshire hellshire. 22oz bottle suplied and shared by Todd at beer mongers... Pours a mostly transparent lighter toffee hue and topped with a thin wispy light beige head... Toasted malt, a touch of coconut, and a semi-sharp bourbon note. Assertive and somewhatabrasive... Flavors are pretty sharp and boozy with deeper charred bourbon bent which hits upfront and finishes on a larger bitter emphasis that totally detracts away from its experience.
Thinner bodied overall. Touch too hot, well maybe more than a touch. This one certainly needs time to settle down a bit.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at PIB. Pours a murky brown/orange with a thin white lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, yeast, butterscotch. Flavour the same, but including bourbon, and yeast. Quite sweet. Dark flavours which leave a tingling/light burning mouthfeel. Good.
mcberko (7244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from bottle at PIB, pours dark orangey amber with a small head. Aroma of butterscotch, yeast and dark fruits. Flavour is quite yeasty, with dark fruits, toffee and caramel. Mildly sweet, boozy and caramely finish. High carbonated, Well-made.
brokensail (11612) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is a cloudy amber color with pretty minimal head formation.
S: Smells really good. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak right away, giving a huge barrel presence. The barleywine aromas of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and dark fruits are evident and impressive as well.
T: The flavor just really falls short. Toffee, nut shells, and wood dominate the flavor. There is a bit of vanilla and some mild bourbon, but the oak and booze are just overpowering. It really lacks refinement, cohesion, and balance.
M: The body is medium with low to medium carbonation.
O: A really nice nose but the flavor was disappointing.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours ruby in color with just a slight bit of head. Smells of citus hops, toffee, chocolate, vanilla and also has a sour smell to it. Taste is much of the same toffee, vanilla, grapefruit, chocolate, and pine. Mouthfeel is thick and the finish is long with pine hops.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Last beer tasted with the Chicago guys, thanks again. Brown pour with good carbonation. Aroma was as I expected, brown sugar, malty, sweet and boozy, same goes for the flavor. Easy to drink but I don’t typically reach for BA barely wines all that much so I wouldn’t search this one out again.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark hazy ruddy with a creamy head and a light halo around the top of the beer. Rich citrus fruity hops initially hit the nose but give way to sweet caramel, vanilla, and a rather strong toffee presence. In the back there seems to be a touch of oak and char as well. Very nice aroma actually. On the palate there is caramel, toffee, and vanilla coupled with flavors of oak and char. The finish is hoppy dry and bitter.
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
HUGE thanks to Nate for this... medium brown with light tan head, not much to looking at... nose is typical ba bw, mostly malty, caramel with lots of bourbon on the finish... the taste just really isn’t that good, TONS of oak, pheynol alcohol, bitter chemical finish, just really not that good... I probably wouldn’t have this again unless its free, don’t give up much for this at all
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled as Oakshire Baleywine at FOBAB 10. Hoppy nose caramel malts citrus pine caramel awesome nose. Alcohol caramel bitter green flavors. Bitter finish. Ok flavors. 9/4/7/3/15