wchesser (1241) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
About 6 months old. Deep slightly cloudy reddish brown. Nose of some bourbon, wet wood, oxidation, toffee. Taste follows, with wet oak, slightly sweet toffee and bourbon and vanilla, but finishes tart. Not bad, but suspect infection and didnít want a glass of this. Few sips was enough. Kind of a mess. Have another I guess Iíll age and see.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a hazed, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of coconut, a touch of Bourbon alcohol notes, and perhaps even a touch tart, which accentuates a fruit character here; melon, some plum notes, and green raisins. The oak character also contributes notes of toasted wood, a touch of nutty character, which is also perhaps brought out by a touch of sherry like character. As the beer warms up more of the malt character comes out with notes of English Biscuit like malt, brown-sugar coated brown bread crust, and perhaps even some touches of molasses.
The beer has a light carbonation, which offsets a chewy body that really isnít all that heavy for a beer of this strength. The beer has lots of barrel character, touches of coconut, definite vanillin notes, spicy wood notes, some astringent barrel character, spicy bourbon notes, melon like Bourbon fruit, and spicy, warming alcohol. The beer does have a tartness to it, that actually adds quite a bit to this beer, it really accentuates a nice fruitiness , and definitely comes along with a nice funky edge to this beer (fermenting this next to all the wild beers has had an effect); tart floral plums, tart raisins, a touch of melon notes and a bright fig note. The malt has a caramelized edge to it, plus lots of sweet, chewy, brown bread flavors to it.
This is actually quite nice, the funkiness and light tartness definitely brings a complexity and character to this beer. Of course I can be a bit burnt out at times of normal Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley. This can be a bit hot at times, but it is still pretty tasty in the end.
OldGrowth (2751) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, from Jubilation Wine and Spirits. sweet. get vanilla and caramel, bourbon, tad oxidized. orangy brown color, small head that faded quickly to a ring, no lace. Sweet flavor. thicker body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. interesting. very smooth for 12%. but doesnít make me want more. aroma not particularly appealing, not offensice, just dull, flavor moderately better, but nothing special.
Taosmax (25) - - JUL 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours slightly cloudy with a nice, creamy head. Strong, smoky flavor, reminiscent of whiskey. Alcohol warmth. Malty sweetness with a hint of hops. Full bodied with almost a nitrogenated mouthfeel. Thick covering of the palate. High oak presence. nuts, roasty, alcohol.
SPDickerman (989) - Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours cloudy, murky brown with a small light beige ring of fizz. Smells strongly of bourbon, bold malts, hints of hops. Taste is bourbon, sweet malt, hints of bitterness, and subtle tartness. Full-bodied with a a slick texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Santa Fe Kickin Chicken finishes with a slightly tart oakiness.
ads135 (3077) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 2, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
This was a pretty horrible barleywine. Incredibly sour and difficult to finish. Lots of alcohol but it was covered up by the vomit aroma.
RobertDale (3701) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Comes a cloudy amber with a small biege head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and bourbon. Taste is bourbon, caramel malt, fruit, and wood. Nice.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby in color with a white head, which looks pretty darned bright atop the dark, glowing, reddish beer. Ana says it tastes sour. Although thatís expected given that itís a bourbon-barrel aged barleywine, Iím going to try not to let that alter my view of it. But it is pretty sour on the nose, though. Sweet, alcoholic, and packed with yeasty and woody sourness.
It starts off just about as sour in the mouth, but that transforms more into that of a very wet, alcoholic barleywine with a light addition of bourbon. This likely will taste better after a year or so. Itís unlike most bourbon barrel aged beers, as this tastes less of fresh bourbon or wood, and more of a sour strong ale with an English edge. Although itís good, itís a little too much, a little uncomfortable. Yes, Iíd give this a year to age for best results. Still, fresh, itís smooth and slick, and sweet... but BAM! The sourness and characteristics of the barleywine just arenít very compatible.
Santa Fe: do this without making the beer sour (and maybe even infuse more bourbon flavor) and youíd have a winner. As it is, though... not so much. Still, if it makes sense, itís still pretty good - I think, mainly, because of its alcohol content.
M82 (319) - Kansas, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz into 15.25oz Spiegelau Soiree Cognac snifter; pours up a murky deep copper with loosely structured off white head leaving thin, elongated splatters all around, half sheet persists; nose is bourbon and water with light fruits and very light caramel malts, as this warms, dates and very light tobacco come in, charred oak when reaching room temp; taste follows with a big expression of tropical fruit juice complexities, sour-ish oaky fruit notes, light fruity esters, minimal spice; after follows with mild toasted oak layers on a medium, smooth body; a lot to be said on this, yet I canít help but miss the big, deeper layers of something in a similar category such as Abacus, decent, and really quite unique with the big tropical fruit spiraling out from the bourbon characteristics
Pinball (10922) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear brown, small light brown head. aroma is sweet malty, alc.wood. flavor is boozy woody malty, dry. nutty and boozy barley wine.