hopheadsbrew (142) - Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Cloudy brown. Nutty vanilla nose. Thick creamy head. Toasted coconut, chocolate and vanilla flavor. Smooth lasting finish.
alexsdad06 (5363) - Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Dutch’s Feb. 2013 notes. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malts, lightly toasted bread, some fruitiness, rum barrel, slightly boozy, golden raisins, wood, molasses. Solid stuff, I have a bottle I should try soon.
beastiefan2k (2410) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 27, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle poured into a Rev sampling glass. Apparently, this is a year old. Hazy dark amber color with visible carbonation. Aroma is as expected, strong sweet raisin malt, lots of alcohol. Even a good deal bit of rubbing alcohol coming through, maybe that’s the rum. Flavor is similar with maybe less rubbing alcohol. Eh, long sweetness.
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Frank (2832) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I didn’t realize this was aged in rum barrels and was quite relieved to find I was not insane when I found out it was. This stuff fairly well reeks of white rum. I like rum fine and all but I do like a little more beer character to come through in the finished product. This is a clear brown brew that pours pretty much headless in the glass. There is maybe a bit of bubblegum and caramel to go along w/ the slightly medicinal rum character but not much else. I like big, boozy barrel aged beers but both the beer and the booze seem to be sub-par in this case.
pete4999 (1035) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, dated January 2013. Poured a deep dark brown. Had a little bit of a sweet feel to it, slightly boozy but not overly so. Big caramel notes. I can’t recall having a rum barreled beer before, so I’m not sure what to compare it to. Nice beer though.
fitwitchik (295) - USA - APR 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from an over an year old bomber into a Revolution Brewing Company glass a dark red amber with a thin head
Aroma is boozy sweet-thinking rum vanilla & prunes?
Flavor is straight up molasses & rum here with some toffee caramel.
Balance creates a smooth satisfying finish syrupy malted sugar.
Have had this 4 x over past year including on tap @ Revolution. Age makes this a superb BW!!
cernjoh (120) - Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a 14 month old bottle into a Revolution pint glass. Was a clear red amber with a 2 finger light tan head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, and rum. Taste is a slightly hopped caramel rum and vanilla goodness. Palate is good and smooth with nice carbonation. Overall an excellent American Barleywine.
xxthedudexx (3) - - FEB 9, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasty beer but not digging the rum aroma and the aftertaste is alright. I definitely prefer straight jacket for rev barleywine
Huhzubendah (2496) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown to burgundy body with a soft, light beige head. The aroma offers booze, sugars, raisins, toffee, oak. Sweet breads and fruit soaked in booze. Maybe some cotton candy. Apples and rum in the finish. Lots of big flavor, but perhaps this would mellow out a bit with age. Overall, pretty good.
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My Bottom Line:
The deepest malt caramelization quickly seduces the nose, leaving the indelible print of salient cereal sugars and fruit jam onto tastebuds writhing in pleasure.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the cloudy amber brown.
-Alcohol helps lighten the back end.
-Straight Jacket and this one are obvious proof that this brewery is to be taken very seriously in any very malty endeavours they undertake.
-This one is only a year old and it already feels wiser than most Barley Wines out there.
-This is in the same family as Angel’s Share, J.W.Lee’s Harvest Ale, Dieu du Ciel! Solstice d’Hiver Bourbon, etc..
Bottled in Jan. ‘13.
jbrana (448) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sticky sweet with very boozy rum flavors. Has some bitter resinous notes from the hops that attempt to balance the sweetness, but it doesn't quite marry. Good, but not great.
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