chibuck (3507) - 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
pushkinwow (2495) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Alan. Cloudy orange copper with a tan creamy head. Huge alcohol aroma with prunes, oak, smoke, coconut, vanilla (sorta reminds me off malibu rum). low carbonation, full body, lots of alcohol, quite sweet and hot.
argo0 (12921) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle, thanks ygtbsm94. Small white head atop muddy brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit/earthy, some lemon. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit/lemon, some alcohol. Sticky medium-full body.
trevor211 (1584) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver ’12. Pours a dark cola brown, with a big, dark tan head. Moldy fruit on the nose. Yuck. Skunky hops blend with what would otherwise have been a good barley wine, throwing it far off track. I wasn’t a fan of this one.
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pour is a murky dirty copper brown with a tight beige head and fair amount of lace. The nose is actually a rough, notes of bourbon and some cardboard. Rather malty, chocolate and toffee and some stale hop, very messy. Taste is heavy malt, roast and chocolate, notes of bourbon but light. Almost no heat, very little balance. Full bodied, a touch chalky, light carbonation. The malts are overpowering and unpleasant.
jcartamdg (2943) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an amber red with no head. Aroma of caramel, booze and slight smoke. Taste follows, way too boozy. Not a good beer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
murky tan, thin wispy white ring head, light lacing. Oily body, cookie nose with light soy and sugar. Lots of sugar and booze, gritty mid with caramel throughout. Dead body, better and watery.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2015 Bottle: Thanks, Steve. Cloudy, burnt amber pour with a moderate khaki foam that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma of caramel, wood, anise, heavy butter toffee, with a strong backbone of perfume & earthy forestry. Flavor has lots of wood up front. Tons of oak, almost drying things out a bit. Roasted barley, earthy bitterness, anise, mild oxidation, dirt, prune, & a hint of licorice. Kind of astringent, it finishes quite dry for a barley wine & it a touch over carbonated. Kind of kills the vibe. A little heavy on the wood, too. Not terrible, but definitely a bit messy.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2011
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Big thanks to heyta for getting this bottle out to me shortly after the release. Served in a SAVOR snifter as part of last night’s barrel-aged barleywine tasting.
Poured a clear golden-copper color with a small off-white head and some sparse lacing.
The nose brought forward quite a bit of straight grain, highly reminiscent of freshly-cracked pilsner malt. Mild bourbon and oxidation there as well. Fairly boozy, too. Flavor was equally unimpressive with strong grain and booze plus some harsh tannins. Only a mild bourbon flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium and chewy. Quite boozy, though this is the first place the bourbon has a positive effect on the beer. Dry finish.
Not impressed with this at all. I was holding out hope that it’d surprise me, but a letdown even from my already-low expectations.