Beaver (1296) - 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.
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.
wchesser (1166) - 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 didnít want a glass of this. Few sips was enough. Kind of a mess. Have another I guess Iíll age and see.
MaltOMeal (1091) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to Daniel who brought it to the Black Sunday BA Tasting in Houston. Pours a cloudy brown with an off-white head. Nose is of bourbon and caramel malt. Taste is big on bourbon with some caramel malt. Mouthfeel is medium, bitter and hot from alcohol.
SPDickerman (955) - 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.
kevinator (931) - 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.
Brouwerij (929) - 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.
MatSciGuy (907) - 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.
wavers1 (877) - 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. iíve 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.
JoePeesie (860) - 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!