1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2006. The beer pours to a lightly hazed caramel chestnut colored body with a creamy white head. The aroma is extremely oaky, sweet vanilla, light banana, barley. The flavor is really oaked, dry woodsyness, some tannins, some barley. Over barreled. Very creamy and delicate palate.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Rich bronze color with a nice off-white head. Bourbon/malty flavors with backing hops. Lingering resiny hops with bourbon. Fuller bodied. Nice. Vanilla and oak balanced with hops. I didn’t think they’d pull it off with the bourbon and hops, but it isn’t bad.
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - APR 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Blind Tiger. I wrote some notes for this but they are illegible, incoherent, and generally pure nonsense, so I’ll have to trust my memory here. The hops had died down in this and the beer smoothed out, but it was still astringent and boozy. Sweet malts, and that weird hop flavor you get from an aged but formerly really hoppy brew. Notes of chocolate of roast. Pretty nice.
ABUSEDGOAT (2388) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft from Toronado Barley Wine Festival. Similar color to regular Big Foot. Similar aroma with (thank god) still some big hop notes like grapefruit and citrus, caramel malt backing. All is backed by a bourbony vanilla aroma and flavor. One of the few beers I was able to guess how it tasted before trying it.
Oakes (12551) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hard Liver ’08
Golden-brown and bright. Boozy, fruity, calvados aromatics with brown sugar elements. Fat body. Lots of booze, hints of wood and vanilla, caramel, chocolate and toast. Big flavour, lots of fun.
mikem409 (1482) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pours deep amber with off khaki head. big oak and pine aroma. taste is very dry lots of bitter hop on the back end and intense oak.
AmEricanbrew (5834) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Alaska Beer And Barley Wine Fest 2013. Hazy caramel color with tan head. Dry wood, caramel, vanilla, pit fruit, yeasty aromas. Medium body. Sharp caramel, pine, floral, vanilla, pit fruit, woody flavors--tasty.
drjay44 (2634) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. corked and caged bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, tiny bubbled ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 15) body......nose is Bourbon, dried fruits, vanilla, brown sugar....taste is Bourbon, sweet dried fruits, including plum, raisin, fig, light vanilla, fresh pineapple, light terpene bite, brown sugar sweetness throughout, finishing with a moderate wood hop bitter bite......mouth feel medium, sticky, alcohol heat present, carbonation adds a light tingle. This is an absolutely enormous beer, which needs more time to mellow to achieve its best character. It is very reminiscent of a mince pie which has had whiskey or brandy added. Rating is as an "American Barley Wine". BJCP 8/3/15/5/7
Pailhead (4808) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, and citrus. It pours hazy orangish-brown with a one finger beige head. The flavor starts with caramel and toffee. The finish has moderate oak, vanilla, and faint bourbon. It’s medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perhaps the most beautiful pour I’ve ever seen. Thick luscious liquid swimming in a snifter. Deeper than amber, light dances through the glass. Amazing aroma of wood, fruit and a buttery booziness. Taste is, well, harsh. Sweet, thick & buttery upfront, hot booze scorch at the end. The burn subsides as the liquid warms. This tastes very "green" and will most likely be amazing next year...can’t wait!