dchmela (2485) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at DDOS tasting. Dark brown pour. Huge vanilla, oak, malt aroma. Smooth malt, oak, vanilla sweetness in the taste.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 2010: Clean dark mahogany hue with some coppery highlights topped by a small but lasting beige frothy head and spotty lacework upon the glassware, some oily legs as well. The aroma has notes of roasted, chocolate, and crystal malts along with moderate vanilla, coconut, oak and bourbon influences. A slight hint of charred smokiness followed by a bit of dark fruits. The taste starts with a heavy sweet maltiness that got a bit cloying. While you can not miss the bourbon barrel character it seems to work well and not over dominate the beer. Prune, plums, fruit cake and a bit of anise is found as well. Finishes with an ashy smoky quality. The mouth feel is sticky and oily, soft carbonation and slight alcohol warming. Overall a successful BB Aged Barleywine but I only wished it was dry hopped prior to being placed in the keg. I would easily drink it again.
sebletitje (6024) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dog Days of Summer Gathering.
pours darker brown, tan/mocha head.
roasted malts and caramel with a more chocolate approach. There is some lingering vanilla that complements the barrel aging that at times might seem too present.
Palate is thick with a mild bitter barrel note. Alcohol is definitely present.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handbottle, courtesy northernbrews. The pour yields a clear, dark mahogany body with a copper tint at the outer edges. A wispy, khaki colored film sits at the surface, giving spotted lacing that mostly rejoins the body. The nose is very chocolaty for a barleywine, showing notes of syrupy cocoa, dark caramel, and toffee, all with a huge, vanilla-laden bourbon oak component. There seems to be a very light toast on the bourbon barrel, as the sweet vanilla component truly is intense. Thereís almost nothing in the way of hop aroma. Flavors follow suit, resembling an imperial stout more than a barleywine, again based in sweet chocolate and caramel, with a massively oaky, vanilla-driven bourbon influence. It manages to keep from being overly cloying, despite the big, sugary malts that dominate. The palate is slick up front and lightly carbonated, with a slightly deficient body for the style, and a bit of a sticky finish. Overall, this is a very nice brew. Tasty as hell, despite itís inherent simplicity.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks cloudskipper. Poured dark reddish brown, bourbon, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, little chocolate.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to cloudskipper for sharing this, pours dark ruddy brown with no head. Nose is full with mostly bourbon with some caramel and toffee. Full flavor, a bit heavy on the bourbon until it warms, then it opens up nicely with more dried fruits and toffee. I think the previous raters that had this at the RBSG just drank their one or two ounces while cold and ticked. Too bad. Itís a good beer.
ketchepillar (1022) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG Tasting. Sweet caramel plus too much bourbon= just a bit too much to be drinkable.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a Handbottle brought back from RBSG I am thinking....
Appearance: Pours a cola brown with a beige gathering.
Aroma: Super sweet bourbon, graham cracker, caramel, vanilla.
Taste: Sweet bourbon notes, very faint roast. A little chocolate/cocoa.
Mouthfeel: Slightly sticky low carbonation.
Overall: A nice treat, quite a bourbon bomb at the moment.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
[From the keg at RBSG] Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Huge raisin aroma with some chocolate notes mixed in. Taste is ashy, with a blast of alcohol, chocolate and coconut. Not bad. Good mouthfeel and has a long finish. Too hot, too ashy, and a raisin bomb. Not awful, but really not that great either. Regardless, thanks go to Shorts for supplying it!
pantanap (3324) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shorts ba wizard off the keg @ rbsg... Pours a dark reddish cola brown with lighter edges
and thin light beige head...aroma of sweet toffee and caramelflavors
are big bourbon presence with deeper caramel and toffee. Sweet through
the middle and finish.