mathieuc (1818) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to nate321 for this one! Pours a lightly veiled caramel looking with not much head or lacing. Nose is of buttery caramel and bourbon, sugary to the extreme. Slight hops and wood. Taste is of caramel and sweet but not cloying because it is balanced by a healthy (medium-high) dose of bitterness. Alcohol shows quite a bit and mouthfeel is sticky, a real barleywine. Really nice but not necessarily an improvement to the already excellent SN Bigfoot.
Prufrockstar (1353) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, as part of a 5-year Bigfoot vertical for our Chubby Liver barley wine party. Pours murky brown amber, looking pretty similar to the other bigfeet of the night. Some head, but not much. Aroma = bigfoot + an extra dose of vanilla, bourbon, and fruit. So much smoother than the non-barreled Bigfoot. I really dug this one.
pdx77 (1466) - Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Lucky Labrador for the 17th Annual Barleywine and Big Beer Festival. 2012 vintage. Last pour before it ran out. Murky copper amber color. Aroma is caramelized citrus, grass, and sweet malt. Taste is oxidation, tart citrus, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and oak. The barrel aging really smooths it out well.
Caterwaul (51) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a medium-dark copper color with a thin tan head. Smells like toffee and vanilla. taste is sweet and creamy with just a hint of hoppy bitterness to pull it back from being cloying. Mouthfeel is sticky and thick, but I don’t feel like I’m gonna choke on it or anything. This beer. This fucking beer right here. Good stuff. Very good. One of my favorite barleywines ever.
SHIG (3832) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at GABBF Scotch Barrel: Poured murky brown with tan head. Aroma is sweet vanilla. Taste was woodsy oak, scotch alcohol, vanilla, and malt. Finish was dry.
Suttree (5376) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bus beer, 2014 RBWG. Red, clear, ring of foam. Typical Bigfoot aggressive nose, with bourbon added. Flavor is very sticky pine and molasses and a good dose of bourbon
italarican (1507) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared during the RBWG bus tour (LaZoom!). Definitely has that toffee with barrel notes profile. Velvety body.with slight pine and orange peel presence. Some butternut squash soup in the finish that really works!
drsordr (1383) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour dark amber. Nose bourbon and sweet malt with some dank hop. Taste bourbon up front,some vanilla,then faint spice. Bitter finish.
jtclockwork (10128) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Etched glass bottle. Pours orange amber with off white head. Nose and taste of bourbon, oak, orange candy, dark fruit, sticky caramel and molasses. Full body.
cwooldridge (17) - - JAN 28, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had the privilege of having this amazing brew last night. Pours a cloudy Amber/yellow with a white cream head. You immediately get smells of malts, vanilla, subtle bourbon and good fruit notes. Taste is unbelievably smooth. Get a great flavor from the bourbon barrels. Good woody quality with rich vanilla. Mouth feel is very thick and lingering and the finish is as smooth as velvet. Nice sweet bourbon finish.