zebra (1775) - Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap @ brasseriev, where menu said aged in elijah craig 12-year-old barrel. barley wine nose, barley wine sweetness, barrel, a hit with my nephew, too.
Bacterial (2822) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown pour with a slight head. Malty toffee nose. Thick mouthfeel, syrupy, malty, bourbon, toffee, caramel with some candied fruit. Quite nice. Very sweet. Glad this is a small pour.
gregwilsonstl (2108) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cloudy brown. Lots of oak. Woody. Boozy. Brown sugar. Vanilla. Dry. Somewhat sweet.
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. Copper colored pour with a white head. Baked sweet potato, pineapple, and vanilla aromas. Some brown sugar and whiskey, too. Good caramel aroma. Flavor is certainly on the sweet side. Nice caramel, brown sugar, and dried pineapple. Sweet potato, slight spiciness of whiskey and oak, and some cocoa powder. Lots of rum raisin, too. Good stuff.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Tasted at RBSG grand tasting. About 2 years old. Mostly clear red color. Thin off-white head. Interesting dark fruity malty nose. Great vanilla in the flavor. Moderate sweet taste, light bit of heat on it. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Bigger body. Interesting tasty flavorful stuff. Good long warm whiskey aftertaste
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at Hampton Inn pre-DLD party. Pour is hazy brown with an off-white head. Aroma is strong with notes of bourbon, vanilla, toast, caramel, and wet grains. Flavor has some bourbon heat up front followed by oak, dark fruit and brown sugar. Boozy and sweet.
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by phaleslu. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have quite a bit of caramel, bourbon, vanilla and some boozy alcohol (more in the nose). Some lightly charred wood adds som character. Plenty tasty. Always worth trying stuff from these guys.
crossovert (11345) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big caramel booze, wood tannins, some vanilla, a very nice and complex barleywine.
Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Clear mid brown with some red. Minimal head. A bourbony aroma. Bourbon is tasted first. Dark and other comp,ex fruot, too. The bourbon settles and this becomes a more classic BW. Both versipns are good. I am a fan.
jandd1983 (3831) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. What can you say, this was an awesome beer. We had a vertical with the Heart of Gold from 2011 and 2012 then the Devils Heart of Gold. It poured a dark orange/golden color with a small off-white head. The aroma was of oak, vanilla, some caramel, a little fruitiness, some sugar with some wheat and grains. The taste was very similar with a big oak barrel aftertaste. Glad I have a bottle aging in the cellar. Will re-rate after that one ages a while.