stumpyiliz (211) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2013 After complaining to the brewery about this being the worst beer iíve ever forced down the gullet, 5 weeks later i get some xhicken killer and a properly cellared kickin chicken; here is my re-rate;
Initial nose is bourbon followed by anise from the calavados barrels. Initial sip is overly hoppy followed by anise and old bourbon. Much better fresh than off the shelf.
Development with this in the cellar will require a constant bit of maintenance to maintain a low temp to prevent any kind of infection.
Last one i had was sour crap shit acid beer. This one- 95% better.
Cheers brian lock for taking care of me!!
nuplastikk (3839) - 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.
barley32 (3) - - NOV 13, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer! Definitely a nice sour taste. Kinda numbs the palate a bit. Overall warming finish. Im going to age my other one for a few years. I like the sourness and worth the 12 bucks! Bourban comes out my nostrils after each sip...love it!
Brandman (1768) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dirty brown to amber body, offwhite head. Aroma has sour caramel, some resiny hops, cookies, chocolate, sorbus, bourbon, vainilla. Very round palate, balanced. Smooth and oily. Huge beer with huge sourness. Cookie dough and alcohol. Just great.
rosenbergh (5619) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. (Macadoodles) Branson, MO. HHOK XV.
Murky brown colour with a small greyish white head.
Sourness, berries and strong brett in a delicious aroma.
Brett, whiskey sweetness, red berries, tartness and sourness in the flavour. Nice. Tasty.
wchesser (899) - 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.
FlacoAlto (3677) - 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.
OldGrowth (2351) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, from Jubilation Wine and Spirits. sweet. get vanilla and caramel, bourbon, tad oxidized. orangy brown color, small head that faded quickly to a ring, no lace. Sweet flavor. thicker body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. interesting. very smooth for 12%. but doesnít make me want more. aroma not particularly appealing, not offensice, just dull, flavor moderately better, but nothing special.
Taosmax (25) - - JUL 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours slightly cloudy with a nice, creamy head. Strong, smoky flavor, reminiscent of whiskey. Alcohol warmth. Malty sweetness with a hint of hops. Full bodied with almost a nitrogenated mouthfeel. Thick covering of the palate. High oak presence. nuts, roasty, alcohol.
SPDickerman (835) - 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.
ads135 (2392) - 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.