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 (8329) - 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 Feís standard barleywine ale, but I wonder what would happen if a more excellent barleywine had been aged in those barrels...?
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, 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 canít 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.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle courtesy of a great new mexico trader, thanks a ton! gold waxed bottle with foil label. not sure of numbers, supposed to be a fairly small release i believe. iíve been waiting nearly a decade for a true bbbw on a production scale, so i am very excited! Pours a nice slightly murky amber that is much darker once the glass is full, virtually opaque. nice frothy, ample, orangish head leaves nice lacing. the aroma is sweet and oaky right away, has alayer that reminds me of things like schlafly bbbw and backwoods. the flavor is nice, and im sure i like it more than i should being a homer. very deep and dense, earthy, heavy flavor. tons of wood coming through, but only a moderate amount of bourbon, very well balanced. lots of sweet vanilla, butterscotch, a mild hop bitterness right now, will probably be gone within a year at most. glad they waited to do this properly, this barrel aging on this beer is very nice and a definite upgrade imo. good stuff, worth looking for.