kimjongill (180) - - MAY 10, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From tap. Deep ruby pour. Great scent of bourbon, caramel, and malt. Flavor is spectacular and sweet, without being overly so.
NikkTwist (891) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Snifter. Dark copper brown pour with slight tan foam that disappears. Notable Bourbon notes off the top. Nice mix of barrel-aged dark red fruits. Boozy chocolate covered raisins. Toffee. Red plum pits. Salted caramels. Butterscotch. Sweet burnt oranges. Root beer. Heady vanilla bourbon. Pretty tasty.
hayduke (2933) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got this great beer from Strykzone who sends so many great beers. This poured a dark garnet red with a bit tan head and very little lacing. Nose of bourbon on caramel malts and some ripe fruit. Bold body from the when I suspect. Flavor is very rich with the bourbon leading the way. The ripe fruit follows. Finish is boozy but in a good way. This is a sipper for sure as it is amazingly rich.
OLDMANDUSTY (70) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle a deep copper with a tan head. Aroma of raisins, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and slight booze. Tastes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, sweet grains, bourbon, oak, and booze.
thomas15 (521) - USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma is bourbon, toffee, slight salted caramel, some booze. glowing ruby red brown small head little to no lacing. taste is whiskey, boozy, with a noticeable softness. some wood, some sweetness, slight bitter floral finish. body is sticky, medium to light. interesting.
queenholly (1853) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Boozy bourbon , brown sugar malt, cherry, black bread aroma - reminds me a little of fruit cake. Clear viscous chestnut with a small beige head, thick creamy lacing. Boozy bourbon, vinous fruit, very astringent oaky flavor with an herbal bitter finish. Smooth full body, very dry, alcohol warmth.
ICEatALAMO (535) - Troy, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour is amber with little head. The aroma is full of bourbon, but not too overpowering. Strong barleywine smell as well. The taste is a little heavy upfront with bourbon, but finishes smooth. Overall I am impressed with this offering, I would tend to guess this ages well.
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umich03jm (912) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into snifter. Pours a clear very dark amber color with a thin white head that quickly fades. Must be filtered to make a wheat ale this clear. Aroma is raisins, toffee, burnt sugar, bourbon, and apples. Taste is sweet syrup at first and then the bourbon takes over all the way through the finish. You get the raisins and apples early too. Very little alcohol burn is very nice. Slight spiciness in the finish too. Fairly thick and syrupy. I like this but donít love it. A little too syrupy and I would prefer more hops to balance.
allendodd (112) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark, transparent brown with a half-inch head. Initial nose was actually a bit of alcohol, so I let it warm for a half hour to be a closer to 50 deg or so.
Second run at this still had the boozy/bourbon to the nose, but much toned down. The warmer nose was still bourbon, but had the candy-sugar notes and much less alcohol. The initial large head had dissipated, but there was still much carbonation and the mouth feel was a of the alcohol bite, but relatively smooth and sugary/malt finish.
Iím not sure what other wheat-wines would do, but I donít know that the bourbon barrel thing was the way to go.
Regardless, the remaining two bottles are going to the cellar where weíll all hope they mellow with age. Remind me to re-rate in a couple of years.
michaelinwa (454) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with Umicho3jm. Pours a beautiful copper color, moderate head, big aroma of sweet malt and a hint of bourbon. Taste is sweet malt, touch of carmel and bourbon and some alcohol heat. Somewhat syrupy, a bit on the sweet side for my tastes. A nice barley wine, but like most I would want to cellar this for at least a couple years.