MatSciGuy (906) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Bottle] shared by bdr. Thanks! Pours hazy caramel with a frothy soapy beige head. Aroma is alcohol, light barrel character, light cheesy nuttiness, some caramel. Flavor is cheesy, barrel character, tons of alcohol, plenty of hop bitterness. Not an improvement over the base beer.
wchesser (891) - 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 didn’t want a glass of this. Few sips was enough. Kind of a mess. Have another I guess I’ll age and see.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle courtesy of a great new mexico trader, thanks a ton! gold waxed bottle with foil label. not sure of numbers, supposed to be a fairly small release i believe. i’ve been waiting nearly a decade for a true bbbw on a production scale, so i am very excited! Pours a nice slightly murky amber that is much darker once the glass is full, virtually opaque. nice frothy, ample, orangish head leaves nice lacing. the aroma is sweet and oaky right away, has alayer that reminds me of things like schlafly bbbw and backwoods. the flavor is nice, and im sure i like it more than i should being a homer. very deep and dense, earthy, heavy flavor. tons of wood coming through, but only a moderate amount of bourbon, very well balanced. lots of sweet vanilla, butterscotch, a mild hop bitterness right now, will probably be gone within a year at most. glad they waited to do this properly, this barrel aging on this beer is very nice and a definite upgrade imo. good stuff, worth looking for.
SlackerMads (855) - DENMARK - 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.
JoePeesie (848) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not sure of the vintage. Pours a nice cloudy brown orange with almost no head. The BBAing was done very nicely with this beer. Warm, sweet, malty, a bit boozy very drinkable and quite tasty I would definitely grab a few more of these to lay dawn and enjoy over the next few years if given the opportunity!
SPDickerman (827) - 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.
Brouwerij (721) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque orange-brown with minimal head and no lacing. Aroma is bourbon, alcohol, oak. Flavor is fruity up front fading quickly into bourbon, oak, and alcohol tones. Hints of vanilla oakiness. Bourbon is undoubtedly the dominant character of this beer. Reminds me of bourbon barrel Olde Skiddy. Soft carbonation, medium body, and smooth texture. A very boozy bourbon barrel aged barleywine. Exactly what I was hoping for.
freeofthoughts (595) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2013 Pours medium brown with beige head. Smells sour with a soapy grainy sweetness with the vanilla and sweetness of the barrel peaking through. The taste is very rich with lots of grains and a prevailing tart/sour with barrel notes. The sour brings a vinegar light acidic cherry melon fruit flavor with the roasted barley giving it a really nice bed to play in. The bourbon barrel is a close afterthought, showing nicely in the finish. The carbonation is smooth and it all sets up like sour beer, but has a great barrel aged barleywine flavor. It could rank under the sour wild in my book not a barleywine outright. It finishes mostly clean with lingering bittering grains in the back of my tongue and a sweet sugary barrel feel in the front. The bourbon warms as it goes down and coats everything leaving the desirable light boozy warming sensation. Got one to age because this could go anywhere, good or bad.
kevinator (558) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good bourbon aroma with mild hoppiness. First BBA Barley Wine for me and it works but not as well as a stout or quad. Cool dark tea color that gave the impression a lot was floating around in there. Not big pieces, mind you, just cloudy. The palate was full but oily. The taste had a sour tone that may have been intended or not. Nonetheless it appeared to age well. This new batch appears to have produced a lower ABV at 10%, which was still noticeable. Good and unique but not perfect.
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lätt grumlig orange i färgen, litet offwhite skum. Sötare doft av nypon, karamell, fatkaraktär, vanilj, kola. Smakar alkohol med nypon, fat, kola, karamell, lång alkoholig avslutning.