DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft notes from the brewpub. Hazy brownish pour with minimal off-white head. Nose was a complex medley of bourbon, cognac, caramel, vanilla, hops, and fruit. Hefty on the palate, witha reigned in heat but still apparent, with notes of bourbon, vanilla, hops, earth, peat, and a finish that got more spirited as it warmed.
auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at the brewpub. 2010. Warm boozy nose of bourbon, malt and ale alcohol. I love the amalgamated aroma that comes from a barrel-aged barleywine, it’s so distinct, unique and enjoyable. This one comes with an extra twinge of hops. Pours a well-hazed and slightly cloudy ruddy amber with plenty of ultra-fine off-white cask head. Flavors are rich, but to me surprisingly full of fresh hop flavor and potent bitterness. Snappy malts play off of the sinous bourbon warmth and a creamy sensation, then a strong rise of bristling, dry parched hop cone character. It gets a little dusty in the backend. I thought this was solid, but that it would actually be a bit more palatable with less hop character and some more of the sumptuous pale malt character that’s so expressive in the base beer. Somehow, this got a touch out of balance.
vferg (17) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on cask. Very mellow due to cask but that’s not a bad thing. Bourbon and lots of malt flavors that work very nicely together. Very smooth as well. Overall a very balanced beer which I believe was due to the cask.
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the handpump. Very, very strong aroma. Can smell the bourbon a mile away. Very pleasant smell. Looks are a dark amber with thin head. Taste is very strong. Heavy notes of alcohol. Has some kick too it but very smooth. Long lingering taste of alcohol. Perfect for a long cold night or after dinner drink. Charlie has made a very fine barley wine. Cheers!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a beer engine. Attractive amber-copper body with a lasting, silky beige head. Aroma of sweet maple, brown sugar, vanilla, cognac, and light smoke and earth. Sweet, deep malty flavor with well-matched bourbon characters. A huge, decadent, and tasty beer.