malrubius (2611) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 6, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from Brewtopia. Dark Amber with lasting ring. Burnt caramel bourbon vanilla woody overripe cherry aroma. Very roasted caramel lots of fruit and some cherry syrup. Finish is woody burnt old hop bitterness almost to astringency. Full body. Bold and badass, but definitely a zipper. I hope the next trend is "fresh hop drink before" barleywines. Because I’m tired of this woody vanilla bourbon sweetness. I’m not even sure I liked it in the first place.
Lukaduke (3038) - Gray, Maine, USA - DEC 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep copper sienna color with a finger of eggshell foam that settles out. Nice harmony of bourbon sweetness and complexity throughout. Notes of creme brulee, caramelized sugar, leather, vanilla, bourbon, hint of butterscotch at just the right moments. Nuances of floral honey, earthy bitter rawhide, boozy bourbon. Well constructed and tasty.
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pour has a dark brown color and a thin ring of tan head. Aroma has sweet bourbon, barrels, roasted char, mild bitterness, and aged hops. Mouth feel is medium full with great coating. Flavor is more of the same, roasted, aged hops, big and chewy.
djd07 (10520) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Team Boston. Pours a dark amber with small off white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong toffee, caramel, dark fruit, bourbon. Thick mouth, candy sugar, raisin, bourbon, vanilla, very good.
thornecb (5539) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle. Pours mahogany into a tulip. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to mottle surface. Vanilla, oak and bourbon. Soft with sweet bourbon and vanilla upfront turning midly sour in the lasting bitter finish.
GIJOE (1084) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark ruby red with a moderate, foamy, off-white head that dissipates quickly. Nose is powerfully sweet and boozy malt with notes of nougat, umami, and oak. Taste is a pleasing combination of huge malty sweetness and a nice hop bite. Full bodied brew with lively carbonation. Very nice!
TXBadger (2565) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown color with off-white head, not much. Dark fruits, caramel, and some toffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes sweet. Too sweet for me.
AirForceHops (6301) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
10 oz. snifter @ Portsmouth Gas Light Co. Deep Crimson color with slow diminishing head. Aroma is pretty nice, light bourbon on top of brown sugar, vanilla and alcohol soaked raisins.
The taste is sweet, boozy and decadent. Bourbon nauances sitting on top vinous notes, vanilla bean, and oak tannins with a syrupy texture. A bit of chocolate hints in the backend as it warms. Medium body with a sweet and woody /oaky finish. Nice light warming sensation after the sip. The Gas Light Co. is really stepping up their tap list in a big way, lots of solid offering on the Street level! This was a treat to get without having to drive to Portland.
bbbeer (745) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with red tinge, small tan head. Aroma malty, caramel, dark dried fruits, a little citrus and pine hops. Full body. Some warming alcohol. Flavor is great balance of sweet and bitter. Spicy and piney hops. Caramel, dates, molasses, a little wood. Quite complex. Nice bitter hops but the sweeter flavors predominate. An ideal barleywine.
puboflyons (3123) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 650 ml. chilled bottle. 2013 batch. The pour is a nice, medium to dark amber with a tan head. Red hues. The aroma emits plenty of barley malts but there is actually a chocolate thing going. No kidding. I think they use chocolate malts to give it that extra twist. The body is medium to full. The taste is lovely with its sweet barley malts playing footsies with the chocolate malt and a modest, dry finish. Fresh, this is a fine take on a barleywine. I wonder how it will be a year from now?