rumproasts (3750) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at 2013 michigan winter beer fest. pretty dark with minimal head. big boozy beer. intense with lots of bourbon.
umich03jm (2549) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewery. From memory of visit on 1/19/13. Aroma and taste was dominated by bourbon and raisins, with a hint of vanilla. Low complexity but fairly tasty. A decent barrel barleywine.
mikem409 (1782) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler. pours brown with not much head. sticky almond aroma. taste is lots of dried fruit and vanilla barrel i like it
Pailhead (5430) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, toffee, fruit, vanilla, and bourbon. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and toffee. The finish has fruit, vanilla, bourbon, and faint citrus hops. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation.
blackflag321 (559) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft in snifter. Milky, bourbon aroma, but not boozy. Caramel, with just a hint of fruit. Very smooth with no big alcohol kick.
jtw (1138) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft in a snifter - a dark murky liquid with bourbon notes among dark fruits. Raisin, plum, grapes, and vanilla woody character as well. Tannic and full-bodied, booze is nicely covered. Warming and smooth, and overall a tasty barley wine.
Reynolds314 (2753) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Standard sweet flat barleywine base with a nice barrel treatment. The barrel character really made the beer with light bourbon vanilla and nutty tones.
Ernesto987 (4415) - Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler, sweetish barleywine, light bourbon flavors. Good carbonation, light finish
drdisque (621) - Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Michigan Winter Beer Festival. Outstanding barley wine. Quite tangy with sweet notes. Bourbon barrel adds just the right amount of spice/tannin.
tmongoose (1593) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours dark amber almost brown with off white head. minimal lacing on the glass. the aroma is of a barley wine style with kicks of bourbon, dark fruit (raisins) and alcohol. the flavor is of warm alcohol burn with the bourbon and fruit in the for front. wondering and thinking if you let this one age a year or so what changes will take place i have another bottle that will go in the vault for future use. the body is almost thin but yet the fruitiness of this is a bit on the strong side.