djd07 (3473) - 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.
RobertDale (3399) - 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.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold wax dipped bomber. The pour yields a clear, deep burgundy colored body with a glint of darker chestnut. A small, smooth head of dark khaki foam slowly settles to a thin but lasting blanket. Splotchy branches and trailing spots of lace mark the glass. The aroma is instantly big and boozy, loaded with hot, woody bourbon, showing unwelcomed hints of glue or solvent (though not prominent). Eventually, the foreign scent blows off, revealing further layers of burnt brown sugars, caramel, and a touch of raisin. Flavors show more of the same searing bourbony heat and sweet burnt sugars. Hints of buttery toffee creep in, as do some earthy, woody tones. The palate is predictably big, sugary, and hot, but what is unexpected is the intensity of the carbonation on the back end, which tends to dry out and sting the tongue. Overall, this brew is a major disappointment. Note to brewers....if you’re starting out with a mediocre base beer, barrel-aging is not likely to save it.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at dak’s 1/2/11.
hazy. maple-y honey color with no real lasting head.
it smells like coppertone!... lots of green spicy wood, bourbon, umami, cumin, brown sugar, green peppers and vanilla-y coco-nuttiness.
the flavor is quite savory and picks up some white chocolate business along with all the stuff from the aroma. there is a mald bitterness on the finish which helps clean up after the medium body. nice. 8.5/3/8/4/17
vtafro (3224) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown pour with some light head. Aroma is sweet and has a bunch of malt overtones. Flavor is mostly malt tones with a but of warming on the finish.
SpringsLicker (3127) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown body with garnet highlights under a thin tan head.
Complex aroma of brown sugar, vanilla bourbon.
The flavor is well balanced and follows the aroma. Some alcohol.
Well balanced overall.
JanLaursen (3063) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled, 22 oz, courtesy of Pinball, thanx. Beautiful reddish amber colored, small beige head. Woody nose, bourbon, vanilla, sweet toasted malts. Full body, lots of alcohol, thick sugary texture, malty, oaky tannins in the finnish. Not exactly well balanced.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red-brown, beige cover. Aroma is fusel, alcohol, caramel, light fruit. Taste is fruity, caramel, vanilla, oak, whisky. Nice enough but a little harsh.
ads135 (2890) - 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.
DrnkMcDermott (2790) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from bottle at DLD in April. Lightish brown color, but that color is solid. A thin layer of foam. Smell is a little sweet, not far off from a Bigfoot. Oh, my! A lot of stuff going on in the tongue, Makes for an excellent barleywine. Just a little bit of hop layer at the start. Then pretty sweet malts,but with plenty of malt character. Noticeably alcoholic. But with a light soda texture. A little oak in the finish.