dfinney23 (1573) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber with a thin tan head. Caramel malt, vanilla and bourbon -- whatís not to like?
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle - thanks to bu11zeye.
Hazy brown pour with some tan head. Aromas of brown sugar, bourbon, sweet cherry, and caramel. Tastes like dark fruit, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Very good - the barrel aging adds a nice demension to the original.
ansermadide (1509) - 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.
italarican (1470) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the NY meet the TURD tasting; thanks jcwattsrugger! Pours a dark caramel. Lovely bourbon aroma with butterscotch. Massive butterscotch flavor with notes of cognac and oak. Bourbon feel. Really good stuff.
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours hazy amber with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of bourbon, sweet caramel, vanilla, and a touch of green pepper. Flavor shows the same with an additional brown sugar sweetness as well as some oak to round it out. Overall body is moderate to full, with some nice warming alc on the finish.
SlackerMads (1419) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy red amber with a small white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is vinous, oxidized, caramel, vanilla, oak. Taste is medium+ sweet and light bitter. Full body, oily/sticky texture, soft+ carbonation. Soft vinous finish with a little alcohol burn. Nice.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Picked up a bottle of this because i like Santa Fe beers. $11.99 22oz. Huge head on this at first which is always a little odd for a barrel aged barleywine. First couple whiffs were plastic (uh-oh). Flavor was strong fruits and a hint of tartness. I honestly struggled with whether I thought this beer was slightly infected. The aroma as it warmed was very high alcohol like rubbing alcohol, hint of bourbon, plastic went away. Flavor was grapes, fruit, heavy alcohol, slight vanilla, slightly tart. This may or may not have been infected but its just not very good. :(
Serving type: bottle
kbutler1 (1349) - 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.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Live Rate! Bootle shared at Dakineís house -- thanks! Pours a hazy amber color with a ring of beige foam. Smells predominantly of red apples and bourbon. Thin in consistency. Tastes of further apples, caramel, and brown sugar. Not bad.
Beaver (1264) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
22 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber with a small creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet sugary fruity candy, peppery alcohol, flowers and a little oakey bourbon.
The flavor is extremely sweet sugary candy and cola with some slightly tart fruits and some bitter alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some prickly carbonation.
Overall, itís a bit of a mess - way too sweet and sugary.