JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at Kurt’s Blarneywine tasting on 3/16/13. Clear copper pour with a thin beige head. Nose of malt, grassy hop and whiskey. Malty and caramelly flavor with light whiskey character before a big hop finish.
callmemickey (2474) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown body, large light tan head, sudsy lacing. Rich dark malts, bourbon, booze, roast, earth, and caramel. Full bodied, assertive carbonation, a bit hot in the finish. Should improve nicely with about a year on it to take off some of the heat and mellow the carbonation a little.
UDBeernut (1592) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle given to me by some guy in a place I used to live sort a recently long ago. Pours mahogany with a small head that reduces to a oil slick lacing head. Nose of pitted fruits, oak, and a bit o’bourbon. Taste is generally balanced with pitted fruit. Bourbon comes mid way and the finish is lingering. This makes me Japanese happy sunshine face.
skoisirius (1565) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap back at Hard Liver years ago. Dark amber, big woody bourbon nose with loads of dark fruity herbal malts. Thick and creamy body with a lot to lap up, but politely. Nice vanilla tone through. Dankness from what I can remember...
Homer321 (1596) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to an awesome trade with BOLTZ7555. Nose is full of barrel, vanilla, oak. initial taste is a big harsh and rough around the edges. By the end of the bottle, all worries have faded. the 12.2% is well hidden. I would like to see a touch less of hop bitterness and some more chewy malt backbone, but I guess thats why I prefer and english style barley wine to an American one. good beer nonetheless, a touch overhyped.
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours reddish-brown with minimal white head. Aromas of vanilla, raisins, oak, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is similar, but doesn’t quite live up to the aroma. A bit harsh up front and an odd bit of saltiness. Nice, but not my favorite barrel-aged barleywine.
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown with a khaki head. Tasted of pine hops with strong booze flavor and sweetness. It felt this beer was not balance in the flavors.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Hazy brown with a bit of ruby and a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades normal.
S - Sweet caramel and caramelized malts, oak, vanilla, whiskey, brown sugar, grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops, booze.
T - Sweet caramel and caramelized malts, oak, vanilla, whiskey, grapefruit, citrus, pine hops, resiny bitterness, brown sugar, a touch of dark fruit, booze.
M - Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming, bitter finish.
D - Nice big barrel character with enough balance.
JohnGalt1 (440) - , Idaho, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have had a few of these now, but wanted to give a bottle a proper review.
Pours with a short lasting khaki head... and only has spotty lacing... the brew is polished deep amber.
Christ it is amazing how hoppy this is... thick resinous pine combines with caramel, lite vanilla and dry toast... pretty damn boozy, not from the barrels but from the 12%.. with warmth, I get something that I associate with coconut.
More barrel presence on the palate helps balance out the hoppiness... again, thicker caramel and vanilla.. hints of dried cherry.. as it warms up, the oak gets a bit drying, almost like a tannic quality... long bitter bite on the finish clashes too much with the barrel presence and the hefty
A lighter than expected carbonation accentuates an already pretty thick brew.
Honestly, a bit of a mess right now, but the bones of a great BA BW are there.. but it is going to take a long sleep in the cellar to round out the flavors/aromas. The hops and the barrel qualities fight each other too much right now.
KingCecil (2041) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home from my friend javit.... Thanks! It pours clear deep amber with a medium light tan head... The aroma is raisin, caramel, vanilla, oak and bourbon... The flavor is just fantastic! smooth, full body, fruits, nice balanced bourbon flavors, vanilla and caramel....