Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep amber colored body with a bit of an orange hue. Finger-width, creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is rich caramels with some wood, hints of molasses, and a nice rum note. Touches of toast and a light fruitiness. Flavor is similar. Rich caramels with a bit more of a molasses sweetness, wood, some vanilla, and a nice rum note. The rum gives off a slight fruitiness and really adds a nice complexity to the rich caramels. Finishes dry and somewhat woody with a deeper caramel, some toast, a light woody spice, and a pleasant rum note. Just barely a hint of alcohol warmth before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Fuller, somewhat sticky body with a creamy, light carbonation. Overall, this is pretty impressive. The rum barrel adds a nice complexity to the big caramel malts without overpowering the base. Really well done anniversary beer.
fitwitchik (173) - 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 (39) - 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 (2256) - 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 (7523) - 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 (350) - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
HonkeyBra (3108) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle crushed with the dude. Pours a dirty brown color with almost no head. Big sweet aroma of tons of booze, rum, sweet malt notes, vanilla and barrel notes. Flavor is sweet with big booze notes. Fruity sweetness, barrel notes. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Finishes boozy. Nice.
That1Guy (1866) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber crushed with Honkeybra. Pours murky brown with a little head. Tons of vanilla on the nose, with some ethyl acetate and booze. Flavor is more vanilla, some sweetness and more booze. Not much rum to speak of. Pretty damn good though.
jcwattsrugger (11001) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@RBWG-JAX Grand Tasting-22oz bottle-offwhite-copper. A-sweet med malt-caramel. T-sweet med malt-caramel, spice hops. Hot still, alcohol.
JPDurden24 (1491) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour with an off-white head. Dark fruits, sugar malts, with some caramel and oak. Some nice rum booziness as well. Good damn beer.