Suttree (5474) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy red, not much head. Smells like bourbon and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, caramel and a molasses. Pretty good, but maybe a bit heavy on the bourbon. Thanks to lithy for bringing this one
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a hazed brown body with a tan head that slowly fades. Aroma of bourbon, fusel, ethanol, toasted coconut, alcohol, pine and peppery. Flavors of raisins, brown sugar, alcohol, bourbon, very dry, splinters. Some carbonation. Thick and tasty. Tannic, fresh, spicy oak. Shockingly good!
bu11zeye (12147) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a hazy amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of bourbon, cherry, vanilla, and caramel. Flavor of toasted coconut, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and toffee.
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours hazy amber with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of bourbon, sweet caramel, vanilla, and a touch of green pepper. Flavor shows the same with an additional brown sugar sweetness as well as some oak to round it out. Overall body is moderate to full, with some nice warming alc on the finish.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bottle). Hazy mahogany with tan head. Aroma of light bourbon, alcohol. Taste is sweet with a slight bitter finish and alcohol burn. A little hot, but nice.
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - JAN 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Live Rate! Bootle shared at Dakine’s house -- thanks! Pours a hazy amber color with a ring of beige foam. Smells predominantly of red apples and bourbon. Thin in consistency. Tastes of further apples, caramel, and brown sugar. Not bad.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy caramel color pour with a thin light head. Aroma is dominated by bourbon, along with caramel, vanilla, wood and malt. Flavor is malt, bourbon and a touch of earthy hops. Pretty good brew.
daknole (10218) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From my NM friend Gabriel! Reddish/brown pour with a nice white head. Caramel, bourbon, honey, oak, fresh cane syrup aroma. Flavor is a wonderful liquid caramel aroma with bourbon, toffee, tiny bitterness at the end. Awesome.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When opening this bottle, make sure you have a few friends for sharing, because this brew is strong. Also, make sure you like the aroma of bourbon, because that is easily the most dominant element. This beverage pours a dark amber-brown, mostly opaque, with a nice frothy head. The alcohol aroma is almost overpowering. Beneath generous layers of bourbon, hints of vanilla, burnt caramel, raisins, prunes, and spices emerge. The liquid is thick and oily. The flavor is sweet, fiery, and moderately bitter. It has potent, heady effects. This is an improvement from Santa Fe’s standard barleywine ale, but I wonder what would happen if a more excellent barleywine had been aged in those barrels...?
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured into a duck rabbit snifter glass a slightly cloudy reddish mahagony color with a slight tan head that collars arund the glass. The bourbon notes about burn your nostril hairs off when you take a big whiff of it. I can’t really get anything out of the nose other than the bourbon. Medium mouthfeel. Again, the bourbon dominates the flavor profile with little else making itself known. Really trying, notes of caramel and vanilla can be tasted along with some spice. Alcohol warms as it makes itself down your throat. Getting kicked in the mouth by a chicken is not all that pleasant. The bourbon is way overdone and kills this beer in my opinion. As it warms it gets a little better and drinkable but still not outstanding.