Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at GTMW. Poured brighter medium golden with a short, sticky cap of white head. The aroma picked up sweeter bourbon and toasted pale malts paired with spicy bourbon (that singed the nose hairs a bit) and floral hoppage.. dry and decidedly English-style. The flavor had warm, toasty pale malts at the core with a touch of citrus zest and a hint of acetone surrounding.. increasing bourbon toward the finish.. didn’t give the best impression at the end. Medium-plus bodied and quite sharp on the palate.. warmed the belly greatly.
MIBRomeo (2566) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. The beer pours a bit hazy muddy type of color w/ a small dense white head and good lacing. Aroma is big full of bourbon and oak, a good amount of alcohol bordering on fuesal, some orange rind and basic grapefruit aromas hints of toffee.. Full well coated pal. Flavor is pretty good a lot of barreling comes through, a pretty aggressive alcohol, some light perfume almost hoped bittering, that is very light and hints of a toffee.. It’s ok.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Hazy medium amber color with small white head. Aroma is big bourbon cherry and alc with a good amount of malt sweetness, I am really digging this aroma. Flavor is alc and boozy upfront but is very well balanced with the sweet malt body, very fruity with the bourbon cherry, citrus, grapefruit, orange, big hop prenscene as well. Medium body, creamy. One of the best BA beers I’ve had from RB chicago, a very well balanced BA Barleywine.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy amber with a thin head. Mild fruit aroma and some vanilla. Heavy caramel flavor and it was actually very sweet. Almost seemed like I was drinking syrup. Served a little too cold at first. Although it didn’t have a lot of the bourbon I was expecting, it was still good.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 on tap at RB Chicago. Let me start this review by saying the menu attempted to claim this was BA SubZero, but it is obvious it is the English Style Barleywine released 5 months prior. This version was aged 4 months in the barrel. The color and flavor is similar and the timing of the non-barrel aged release was about 5 months ago... SubZero did not look or taste like this beer. On to the review....pours hazy light amber with off white head. aroma is loaded with vanilla, bourbon, sharp oakiness, as it warmed more very sweet cotton candy came out in the nose. flavors of vanilla, oak, bourbon, sweet caramel, and cotton candy. a rather boozy and syrupy body. this is one of those beer that i liked quite a bit at first but towards the end got rather cloying. i think the beer needs to age longer but the bourbon would truly take over if that happened. still tasty and i would love another sample of it.3.8.
7/28/08, draft, this version aged 6 months in the barrel. Oh man those extra 2 months made this cloyingly sweet, vanilla bomb, and really boozy. this is really hard to drink and not nearly as balanced as the 4month version. still I dont think this beer was right for the barrel, and I wish I could try it just aged in kegs for a few years (not aged in barrel at all!).3.2.