kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750 ml bottle, 2006 vintage) medium amber, generous white head that settle fairly quickly, some lace. Aroma is malt, caramel and whisky. Flavor is oak, caramel malt (slightly sweet) with noticeable alcohol in the finish.
decaturstevo (4626) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2010 re-rate from a bottle 2006. Brown pour with light tan head and lace. Aroma is dried fruit, sweet malt, a tad of oak, and abv. Flavor mirrors the aroma with just a hint vanilla. Full bodied and well carbonated. Very nice beer.
NachlamSie (2618) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rich O’s. Pours a bold amber color with a small white head. The nose is very caramelized with strong bourbon character. I’m thinking this one isn’t gonna be subtle. Yep, loads of bourbon in the flavor but it is very, very creamy and smooth. Plenty of charred oak, vanilla is present with a sweet and slightly fruity finish like dates or apricots perhaps. Though it did draw a lot of flavor from the barrel aging, it hasn’t become completely one sided. I’m getting a little more undertones like Werther’s candies, maybe a little earth. Hey, it’s pleasant but nothing to seek out.
drewbeerme (3838) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 sample from bottle at DLD. pours clear copper with tan head. nose of caramel and oak. flavor was sweet caramel, vanilla, pretty hoppy, and oaky. nothing special.3.0.
6/26/08, 750ml bottle. 2007 vintage. thanks to johncorkscrew for this pours caramel color with tight tan head. aroma is oak, vanilla, caramel, toasted malt with a pnw hop character to it. flavor is much of the same, a bit sweet and sticky but rather tasty too. i bet this would age well.
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 ml bottle sampled at DLD. Pours a clear amber with a tall beige head. Red fruits in the nose, candied sugars, toffee and carmel. Fruit flavors, lots of carmel, some heat and a weird bitterness. I pucker my lips to figure out what it is. The oakiness and earthiness with hop bitterness .... something about it makes me not want to drink it anymore.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle. Pours a caramel color with very little head. Nice, dark aroma of malt, oak, nuts. Bit of toffee, perhaps. Flavor is rich and complex ... nice woodsy, earthy malt. Bit of hops there on the end. Liked this one a lot.
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, 2006 vintage. Fragrant aroma, strongly scented with oak and
caramelized malt sweetness, combined with touches of vanilla, toffee, and
doughy, estery yeast, and featuring background hints of orange peel,
cherry, earth and leafy hop spice. Vibrant medium-dark copper color,
mostly clear, with a lasting, fine head and lacing to match. Flavor profile is also rife with tannic oak character throughout, along with a powerful, toasty, sugary maltiness, a substantial spicy, fruity and bitter hop presence, warming, peppery alcohol and tinges of almond, dried flowers, raisin and candy apple. Substantial, sticky mouthfeel with a plentiful body. Enjoyable.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a brown color with a white head. Aroma is of malty with some diacetyl. Flavor is malty with some wood and a hint of diacetyl.
theisti (3064) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Tasted at Schlafly tasting at the Lukas KCMO wine bar. Nice barley wine. Aroma is sugary with a bit of the oak coming through. Taste is a bit more alcohol than I would like. Barley wine is good, though not as much body as I would like. I am also aging a bottle of this, hoping that helps.
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep caramel, large rocky off-white head, clumps of lacing. Nose of maple syrup, caramel, candied orange peel, walnuts, vanilla, and bourbon. A bit more simple on the tongue, warming bourbon, some alcohol is noticeable. Also subtle elements of candied orange peel, grapefruit, and walnuts. Slightly astringent, a little green, and definitely hot. Body and mouthfeel are fairly moderate, just not enough malt backing for this big boy. Lingering citrus peel, cookie dough, and young bourbon. Tiz fairly good, but needs some time to settle down. Young, immature, and likely not big enough to carry for more than a few years. Could also stand to be a bit maltier. Still enjoyable tho. Thanks John for this one!