JMerritt (1887) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled, labeled as Straight Jacket Barley Wine, courtesy of cousin Kristen. Pours a dark chestnut red with a thin yet dense tan head. Lightly burnt nose with notes of bourbon, vanilla and pecans - a very thick, pungent and "syrupy" aroma. Vanilla sweetness in the immediate flavor, followed by mellow oak, smooth bourbon, brown sugar, maple sap and roasted nuts. Wow, what a smooth bourbon flavor! There is a lot of residual sweetness which hides the booze almost completely. I could sip this all day (and likely get into trouble).
Beerman6686 (5281) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a caramel color with a white head. Aroma was barrel, caramel and stale hops. Flavor similar, oxidized and not very complex.
hopscotch (10077) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours lightly hazy and burnt-orange with a tiny, fleeting, white head. The aroma is a malty collage of coconut, vanilla and bourbon accompanied by toasted oak and caramel malts. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and lazy carbonation. The flavor is a rich melding of Caramel, vanilla, toasted oak and buttery toffee. Boozy, caramel and coconut finish. Another world class beer shared by the one, the only, the ever-generous newcigarz! I’m really digging the bottles coming out of Revolution. I look forward to more of them.
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ FoBAB 2014. Pour is red/orange with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor of heavy molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and slight vanilla. Finish is cloyingly sweet with a hint of whiskey.
Art (2210) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2015 On tap at fobab. Pours a cloudy golden orange. Aroma of caramel and slight vanilla. Taste is sweeter. Medium body and medium light carb.
BA barleywine tasting.
1. Flying Mouflan
2. BA Behemoth
3. Deal with the Devil
4. BA Gratitude
5. BA Numskull
6. Straight Jacket
drfabulous (4717) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a shared 22 ounce bottle. Big boozy bourbon nose followed by the taste and sticky light brown sugar.
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good sweet Bourbon BW tending towards the sweet and molasses part of the spectrum. Not super complex, doesn’t have any real fruitiness for me and lacks a nice spiciness that bourbon can sometimes impart, but definitely worthwhile.
Ernesto987 (4556) - Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
bomber, hated it. Intense unbalanced sugar and sharp malts. Smelt like a hangover, lowest amount of drinkability in this one.
tmoreau (2905) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co. and snifter served, displaying a mahogany brown color, with a presentable layer of off white/light tan head foam, and lacing that was mainly spots. The nose was sweet, dark fruit, lurking alcohol, and barrel induced vanilla. Full bodied, with sufficient carbonation to transport the goodness to the palate, the taste was continued sweetness & dark fruit as prune, a bit of treacle, with a light tartness, and pleasant, bourbony warmth. An excellent brew to sit with and sip.
BMMillsy (1750) - Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (this is Straight Jacket) from trade. Pours dark amber with lots of reddish color and a beautiful creamy two finger off white or khaki head. Aroma is lots of fruits, figs, toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Flavor is sweet rich caramel covered figs with brown sugar, vanilla, tinged of dry oak. The bourbon is here but oh so smooth with very little evidence of the 13% ABV. Silky smooth and thick, rich body with low plus carbonation. Man, this is really good. And apparently my trade partner grabbed it off the shelf? More please!