BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A brown color with faint head. A butttery strong aroma. Bourbon. Soggy malts as well. Tastes like butter. Interesting.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 22 oz. bottle via trade with ditmier - Pours a hazy brown color with a small tan head that didn’t last long. No lacing. Light carbonation. Aroma is toasted caramel malt, dark esters, oak/bourbon, and vanilla. Flavor is the same. This is good stuff. Medium body. This is a wonderful sipping beer. Thanks Eric.
emacgee (4139) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks turdferguson for sharing. Pours a dark brown with a noticeable viscosity. Head is one to two fingers thick and light tan. Nose is bourbon/vanilla, rich, caramelly, malty, some alcohol. Flavor is rich, syrupy, caramel, bourbon, malty, bready, toasty, Palate is rich and alcoholic.
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
( 22oz bomber and rating #800! Thanks to BA piclee for this) Pours garnet red with no head and nice lacing. Nose of honey, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, and rum. Taste of cola root, wet wood, and burnt caramel. The body on this is nice.
Perhaps I built it up too much, but I really wanted this to be a top 10 beer for me.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of gillard. Pours a amber to color brown color with thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, oak. Flavor is about the same with more sweetness and somewhat stronger barrel notes. Medium to full body with a pleasing malty booze finish.
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Pours a ruby tinted root beer stream with a short lived dark tan head that recedes to nothing. Only a few sips in, but no lace. The appearance should be a 4, but I’m adjusting it to bump the taste to ~5.
S - Damn this smells great. As I started pouring this I could smell the sweet sweet bourbon. Fantastic toffee, raisins, oak, vanilla, and I think some nuts?
T - Thick brown sugar, vanilla, and rum soaked raisins. This is freakin’ delicious, and is making a great dessert night cap. I might be crazy, but it reminds me of Nutella a little bit...
M/D - There really isn’t much of an alcohol presence, but I also enjoy a glass of good bourbon. The mouthfeel is awesome; oily and coats your whole mouth with light carbonation. It’s a sipper, but one I seriously can’t put down.
vtafro (3795) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Brune pour with some tan head. I like to ask where this 13.5% is because this was smooth and had only a slight warming. Bourbon barreling probably smoothed out any sharp edges. Flavors include but are not limited to bourbon, oak, big malt flavors, vanilla, and dark fruits. Great barleywine.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured rubyish brown. aroma was fantastic with bourbon, dark fruit, brown sugar, and cherry. flavor was right on par with the nose plus some alcohol. nice slick and full body.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at toncatcher’s 2. Dark red amber color. Malty. A bit of booze. Sweet. Very good.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a big fucking boozy beer...too early to drink...would like to see how this will age
hot as of thanksgiving....but I am sure it will improve....tons of hot bouban and whatnot
will age well