KnowThyBeer (26) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A beautiful aroma of fudge, coconut, and praline. A serious candy factor to the aroma. Appearance is ruby red with hardly any carbonation. The taste is very similar to the aroma: loads of coconut and hints of carmel with a lasting finish. Nothing is overly bitter at all. A fantastic, but a very different barley wine.
rajendra82 (1021) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reddish amber colored body was clear, and formed a two finger thick head in the glass. This looked more similar to a DIPA pour than a darker one I was expecting of a barleywine. The aroma was sweet, with the malts showing up as brown sugar, and hops revealing some orange peel. The taste was quite sweet as well, with the first impression of honey and brown sugar. Mid palette the oak flavors became very evident, as vanilla, banana, and toffee showed up. The finish was quite dry, with charred wood tannin dominating to a slow fade. Quite a light body for the style with a distinct burn late. One of the better beers from Red Brick in my opinion.
Ibrew2or3 (7910) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of markwise, pours with a nice murky amber body that supports a thin light tan head. The aroma offers up molasses, prunes, brown sugar, some nuttiness and then mild smooth bourbon and booze. Nice indeed. The taste starts smooth and rich with molasses and smooth nutty sweetness and then quickly picking up brown sugar dredged prunes and dates amid a pleasing pine hoppiness. Just as the dark fruity esters start to reach nectar goodness the smooth sweet bourbon notes come to the surface with more nuttiness and some modest booze to help bring this to the finish. This is a great sipper.
puboflyons (2873) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle acquired in trade from a non RB-member. An interesting reddish-brown pour with a short-lived head. Barley malts, some milk chocolate, dark fruits are the key aroma. Medium to heavy body. I really pick up a touch of chocolate with those barley malts in the taste and there is a pungent, bitterness at the end. A very nice beer. I like to sit on barleywines occasionally but in this case it tastes great fresh.
aracauna (3399) - Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ah. So there is bourbon barrel. I was thinking I got something, really more wood and vanilla than bourbon. Rich malts, dried fruits. Nothing overpowers. Big, but balanced. Good job Red Brick.
jcartamdg (2804) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a thick off-white head. Aroma of malt, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is malty, sweet, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, oak and bourbon. One of the most balanced BA barleywines I’ve ever had. Really nice.
edgallow (3332) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle pours amber with a tan head. Aroma sweet toasted malts, whiskey and toffee. Taste is malts, whiskey and oak.
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pfc514 (114) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown/ruby into a snifter. Less than a finger of beige head.
Aroma belies the taste. Bourbony and malty. Super tasty.
Beerman6686 (6010) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a lighter brown with a beige head. Aroma was big only bourbon, cartel, and dark fruit. Flavor was good blend of barrel and quality barleywine underneath, very rich, but a little stringent. Still very nice barrel aging.
chinchill (3777) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Originally served a little too cold quickly warmed up.
The dark red-amber body is topped b a durable bone-colored head that leaves very good lacing.
Smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a full-light body. A bit hot, but not really more than expected for 9.3%.
Sweet and appealing aroma precedes a fine flavor with ample, but not overpowering, flavoring from the barrel aging. Notes of toffee, dates and wood.
O: very good barrel-aged barleywine but a bit too boozy and hot: this would likely improve with some aging.