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 (469) - 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 (11830) - 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.
jkbachman (181) - - MAY 1, 2013
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Aroma consists of bourbon, vanilla, molasses, and caramel. Taste is very astringent, almost solvent like. This is the third time I've had a Santa Fe barleywine and every time I get this solvent flavor.
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dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by my good friend Dosbeerigos, thanks buddy! This had a good bit of bourbon in the aroma, but wasnít overly boozy to the taste. A pretty good barley wine, one that Iím glad I got to try.
jkwalking05 (4551) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber in color with an average beige head. Aroma is of melting plastic, wood, and spicy hops. Taste is slightly tart, bourbon, wood, spicy hops...different.
travita (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The smell is light bourbon, fruit, alcohol, toffee, and candy. The look is clear, beige head, and has a amber color. The taste is bourbon, alcohol, sweet, tart, malt, fruit, and wood.
Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big BIG thanks to Doodler for reading my mind and send me this NM barleywine. I owe you man! The gold waxed 22oz bomber pours opaque copper with gold hues and supporting a short lived tan head of foam. The aroma offers up a tart sort of red wine note and then it starts to get into some oak, vanilla and bourbon. The taste is similar where Iím getting bourbon sliding into a barrel tartness and a bit of red wine. Wow, there is no beer left here but just vanilla, bourbon and a slight infection. Sure glad I didnít try and age this one.
crossovert (10891) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitley notes of infection which is a shame because other than the tart fruit notes it is a good beer with lots of vanilla and caramel.
wedgie9 (2585) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 3/19/13 from a waxed and capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Quarterís in 2010. Pours clear dark burnt orange with a thin tan head that recedes to thin lace. The nose is full of sweet caramel and toffee with tons of oaky brown sugar and maple bourbon, some toasted bitterness, and just a touch of dill oak as well. The flavor is much the same with the toasted bitterness coming through nicely, the caramel and toffee maltiness are there as well as tons of bourbon. The body is full with just lighter than average carbonation and a long malty caramel and maple bourbon finish. The heat is not hidden on this one as well as the regular version.