deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the RBSG í10 Grand Tasting. Thanks to Shorts and the organizers for setting this up for us. Poured a slightly murky dark brown with a yellowish brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was very bourbon forward with caramel and toffee backing the bourbon and maybe just a hint of pine. Flavor started with caramel and toffee with bourbon growing towards the finish.
koleminer20 (189) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at HopCat in East Lansing. Pours a deep dark ruby, with essentially zero head with not a lot of lace to speak of. The smell is overwhelmingly bourbon filled with heavy vanilla notes. The taste is the complex barleywine taste Iím looking for. There is a lot of vanilla that fades into a roasty malt complexity that begins to show heat. By the time the beer finishes, the booze is there, and at 11.8%, it is something that can be expected. The beer coats your mouth, allowing that flavor and boozyness to just hang for a few moments, which is surprisingly enjoyable.
BlowOffTube (251) - Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really tasty. Pours dark brown, no head. Aroma is bourbon and vanilla. Taste is lots of smooth bourbon, dark fruit, vanilla, and some wood characteristics. Great stuff.
rumproasts (1842) - 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 (1309) - Allen Park, 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 (1445) - 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 (4232) - Brownstown, 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. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation.
blackflag321 (386) - 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 (1058) - 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 (1879) - 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 (3014) - Connecticut, 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