Suttree (5186) - 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
decaturstevo (5145) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with creamy tan head and lace. Brown sugar and dates on the aroma. Brown sugar, light dried fruit, and a nice abv warmth. Medium bodied but just a tad thin.
nuplastikk (4565) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber. 35th birthday present from Elise. Thick, unfiltered viscous brown amber. Oily thin head. Rich and boozy, thick, sweet bourbon caramel tones. Tastes like they added bourbon to a beer barrel. Intense. Firmly planted in the Barley Wine style, which I fully appreciate, but also fully showing off rich barrel tones.
JK (4520) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2012
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bad bourbon aroma and alcohol burn. Overwhelming flavor of bourbon. Brown, and virtually no carbonation. Boozy and unpleasant, and very dry. The high alcohol content with teh bourbon makes this virtually undrinkable to my palate.
boFNjackson (4143) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a recent bottle share... Poured dark, amber-brown with a nice white head. This hit the spot. A nice BA Barleywine. Dark charred grains and wood with whiskey notes and smooth sweetness similar to vanilla and toffee.
travita (4053) - Frisco, 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.
TURDFERGUSON (3961) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Jcwattsrugger. garnet brown with a small sudsy head. Nose is malty, light bourbon, vanilla, oak. Nicely balanced and fairly complex. I was impressed by this one as Iím usually not a big fan of this style.
jkwalking05 (3811) - 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.
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.
djd07 (3699) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as shown thanks to Kendall. Pours a murky brown with medium creamy beige head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. Thick mouthfeel with light roasted malt and caramel with light tartness in the finish. Hides alcohol decently, a good barley wine from Santa Fe.