Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this one twice now, first at the Bier Stein’s Bourbon Barrel Fest last week and then again graciously shared by Mike of 16 Tons at the release party on Saturday. Poured an orangeish amber with about an inch of light brown foam. Big aromatic notes of bourbon and is that scotch as well? Also smells of oak and vanilla, very pleasing nose. Tasted of bourbon, oak, vanilla, malt sweetness and surprisingly little heat for something so soon out of the barrel. I thought that what I had at the Stein might have just had little heat compared to the other big beers I had that night, but I noticed the same thing the second time around. This is a pretty awesome beer and I look forward to seeing what some time does to it. Great job, Matt and the Oakshire crew!
boFNjackson (4183) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2011 Bottle graciously shared by a member of the Portland beer media with a bunch of us ecstatic BA/RB folk... Poured an amber, burnt orange/copper with a thin beige-ish head. The nose had lots and lots of whiskey and scotch tones. Very in your face, it gave off a muted whiskey character. Amazingly it was quite smooth with a thick body and low carbonation. Your typical barleywine flavors of malt sweetness and dark candied fruits with a hint of whiskey soaked pastries. The hops were in the background as the oak, woody tones, whiskey, and wine-like tannins really shined and balanced the sweetness. This will age amazingly and makes me really want to hoard as much as I can.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
at Fobab. pours amber with white head. nose is hoppy, citrus grapefruit, and caramel. flavors are sweet caramel, grainy citrusy, a bit hot. couldn’t even tell this was aged in a barrel.
hombrepalo (1882) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled @ FoBAB 2010. Pours a dark coppery brown. The head is rather thin, but this is looking pretty good to me. Nice pungently sweet malty aroma. SLIGHT toffee, but nothing substantial going on here. A little bit of booze of the nose is a bit distracting. There is a light citrus and pine hop aroma, but the malts are dominating. A little hot, towards the end.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at FoBAB 8. Pours a very English looking murky amber. Nose is intensely hopped with perfumey bourbon intermingling. The nose is quite nice with floral hops playing well with the vanilla of the oak. On taste, big bitterness that is necessary to stand up to what is going on. Bread and donuts are propped up by the huge blast of still fresh tasting hops and superb bitterness. One of my favorite barleywines. Fantastic!
TheAlum (5964) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at FoBAB 2010 (Chicago, IL). Pours a murky dark amber hue, some fire behind it. Frothy tan head, sticks around small layer. Aromas are rich bourbon, wet sticky toffee, vanilla, dried fruit, nuts. Initial rich toffee, nice bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, light oxidation, mellow biscuits, dried raisins, orangle marmalade. Finish is mellow sweet, rich fruits and nuts, wet sweet toffee, finish is mellow sweet. A sweeter Barleywine overall, lighter and spirit and more invested in caramel, toffee, dried fruit, and touches of marmalade. Could it use more barrel time? Maybe.. Nice beer