callmemickey (3110) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 2009 Vintage (aged in 1998 Evan Williams barrels).
A: Deep rudy-brown body. Bordeaux like on the edges when held to the light. Lively carbonation forms a fizzy, coca-cola like khaki head. Rises to about an inch before crashing rapidly. No lacing to speak of.
S: Rich bourbon, soft oak, warm caramel, sweet vanilla, roasted brown sugar, molasses and hints of raisin. There are lots of elements coming together here in harmony. Sweet, yet not cloying or desert like.
T: The sweet caramel, brown sugar and molasses dominates. Accentuated by substantial, yet not overwhelming, bourbon. The barrels imparts a nice delicate oak/vanilla character. You can tell that this beer is the product of both an excellent base beer and nice bourbon barrels with a good amount of age on them.
M: There is lively carbonation throughout the entire bomber. Imparting a hefty, yet not massive mouthfeel. Creamy. Perhaps a bit oily. Nice lingering bourbon "burn" in the finish.
O: Immensely drinkable. Looking forward to trying this each year.
BeerCast_Rich (1896) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 22, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
[750ml bottle, courtesy of cgarvieuk] Deep, dark reddish brown. Thin head/lacing. Sweet bourbon. Barrel-aged bourbon barley wines I always tend to find a bit too much. Very hefty – whisky, syrup, sweetness. Not really my style 
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craigs. A dark brown beer with a reddish glow. Big bourbon aroma with liquorice, rolled oats and dark malt. Not subtle at all. Flavours of liquorice, chocolate and dark malts. Mouth-feel is a little oily. Marmite all over this, especially in the linger. OK.
cgarvieuk (15379) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle at home .... deep black ... thin tan head ... dark roast malt ... soft vanilla nose ... dark malts ... rih malts ... huge plum ... huge vanilla ... over sweet and rich ... difficult ... over heavy .. really i dont get the bourbon barrel barley wines... way to bourbon
peteinSD (1414) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an extremely dark brown with a quickly fading tan head that reduces to a ring of foam on the edges of the glass. Steady and lively carbonation. Aroma is thick, decadent bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and a formidable sweet malt, raisin-heavy barley wine profile. Oh wow - this has aged so very well. The rich bourbon, vanilla, coconut dominates the first half of the flavor before the beer opens up into a soft barley wine with raisin, date, caramel, toffee, and a touch of char. As good as the 2010 was this is better for my personal tastes - I only wish I had another 2010 tucked away in my cellar. This beer is worthy of the search.
Earlier Rating: 12/26/2010 Total Score: 4.2
’10 bottle. Dark ruby brown in the glass with a fairly thick and velvety tan head after an aggressive pour. Holy shit this smells great! Vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon, toffee, a slight smoke influence, and some underlying spice. Whoa - this is a big beer in the mouth with semi-hot bourbon right up front, vanilla, soft caramel, thick sweet malt, raisin, date, and lingering booze through the finish. Smooth and chewy feel in the mouth with the alcohol providing a nice tingling contrast after each sip. It’s amazing to me how the aroma is decadent bourbon/vanilla and yet the taste contains a fairly hardcore, big raisin/date barley wine flavor. Very impressive beer.
wedgie9 (2223) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 8/9/11 from a 22oz bomber bottle obtained in a trade, 2009 vintage. Pours an extremely dark, but still clear, brown-amber with a thin tan head that slowly recedes to nothing more than a very thin collar of lace. The nose is driven by malty caramel and maple with the bourbon vanilla and oak acting as more of a backbone, with hints of dark date and fig fruits, and some burnt bitter aroma. The flavor is a bit more roasted and bitter, but very malty with the caramel and maple, moving to bourbon, vanilla, oak, and bitter chocolate. The body is full and oily with average carbonation and a super long caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla, lightly bitter, and alcoholic hot finish.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle (2009) from a very generous BA trader. Deep clear brown/red with tiny head that quickly fades to a small ring and some boozy legs. Huge aroma of bourbon, oak, toffee, dark fruit and vanilla. Flavor is in your face bourbon barrel and vanilla with lots of rich sweet dark malts, warming alcohol presence. Medium body with a carbonation that explodes when the beer hits your mouth and a long boozy finish. This is an excellent beer, big English style barley wine with a ton of bourbon barrel character that comes together perfectly. Really glad I got to try this.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at dak’s 1/19/11.
auburn colored body with a orange tinted tan head.
the aroma and flavor are very warming... vanilla, mellow bourbon, florals, brown sugar starting to burn a bit, citrus, butter and dates.
it is creamy, rich and almost full bodied but not cloying. good stuff. 8/4/8/4/17+
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2011 2009 vintage. Thanks Jason! The beer pours to a really dark mahogany body with a whitish head. The aroma is deep on the sweet caramelized malt with some nice toffee and vanilla. Subtle wood. The flavor is fairly woody with vanilla, toffee, caramel, and some burnt brown sugar. Charred wood lingers and maybe makes the alcohol more pronounced. The alcohol is surprisingly mild for 13.5%, but it’s still there. Super sweet and mildly sticky palate. Full bodied. 8, 4, 8, 4, 15 = 3.9
2011 vintage on tap at Pelican. Pours to a pitch black body with a thin head. Aroma is kind of like calvados soaked oak cask with deep dark chocolate. The flavor is intense dark chocolate with cognac and calvados with burnt astringent black malt, marshmallow, and vanilla laden oak. The palate is a bit boozier than expected. Big bodied beer with a full creamy mouthfeel. Lots going on in this. 7, 4, 9, 5, 17 = 4.2
Ughsmash (7202) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, 2009 vintage. Poured deeper chocolatey brown with garnet highlights and a very short-lived tan head. The aroma picked up deep bourbon-accented darker fruits, a touch of maple, and molasses with vanilla, oak, and more fruit on the back of the nose.. a little too assertive and the barrel played too major a role, but it was still solid. The flavor found aged caramel and molasses at the core, with lots of tangy bourbon and liquid vanilla laced throughout.. finished with peppery alcohol and bourbon over tacky caramel. Heavy-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. again there was a bit too much barrel.. overall good stuff, but not great.