bhensonb (11904) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c from the Arden BevMo in Sacramento, CA. 2013 Expedition. Pours a very dark, ruddy copper with a decent creamy/fizzy beige head. Aroma that seems to have alcohol along with brown sugar. Full bodied. There is a non-burning alcohol flavor - could be residual whiskey flavor messing with me. Burnt coconut and dark fruit seem to be appropriate. It’s not dry, but it’s not sticky. The vanilla/wood aspects are firm. Brown sugar is solid. The wood provides a certain astringency. I’m really curious about the barrel. SN isn’t particular about barrels - most are bourbon, but they do use Tennesse Whiskey and rye barrels. For me this isn’t heavy bourbon. Or even light. It is good. It is bitter. Nice break from BA impy stouts!
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with an essential clear hued bronze body with a moderate sized off white head that lasts. Aroma still has a lot of hops, pungent pine, grapefruit, pungent alcohol, brown sugar, tannin, burnt caramel and oak. Flavors are very woody, earthy, burnt caramel, vanilla, molasses. Big tannin structure, pretty sweet. Bitter, medium oak, tannin upon hops. Not amazingly drinkable. Fuller bodied, lively carbonation and a boat load of tannin.
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
call me crazy, but I didn’t love it. especially for the steep price tag. Definitely bigfoot, with lots of added vanilla, oak, and booze. very big body, really big mouthfeel with not a lot of carbonation. nice complexity. really big, but over all just had too much sugary sweetness and vanilla + the big body, something about it didn’t agree with me
mikem409 (1753) - 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.
TURDFERGUSON (4004) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at rrbf. Thanks Aubrey! Nose is light bourbon, and wood, lots of toffee sweetness, pine, vanilla, dark fruits. Flavor is relatively sweet, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, booze, and light pine. A bit too much but a solid sipper.
bnoel09 (451) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the SN taproom. Mahogany color with tan head. Aroma is strong vanilla character and bourbon. Flavor is dark fruits with bourbon and vanilla. Palate is medium bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel and a long dry finish. Overall a nice barley wine with some good barrel aged notes.
thetmaxx (764) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Sierra Nevada. Aroma is boozy. Flavor is like bigfoot. I do detect that it is barrel aged. Oaky slightly vanilla. Finishes really dry. Good beer.
dnstone (2301) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown in color with an off-white head. A bourbony barleywine (of course) in the start and finish in both aroma and taste; vanilla, oak, caramel and coconut. Fantastic!
Theydon_Bois (11087) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Frank’s (Ramnuts) tasting, thanks to Michael - 06/11/12.
Lightly obscured dark amber with a thin off white head that soon clears to the edges.
Nose is sweet toffee, caramel, sugars, Chanel perfume, sharp booze.
Taste follows nose in most respects, dates, pruncs, dark fruits, light paint stripper (yeah - like I know what that tastes like!!!), boozy - a little on the harsh side.
Full bodied with lihght carbonation lending towards a boozy finish.
(notes for self - aged in scotch whisky barells)
oh6gdx (21545) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught@SBWF2012. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is wood, alcohol, toffee, caramel, fruits and some mild resiny notes. Flavour is sweet malts, some fruityness, alcohol, wood and mild toffee and vanilla as well. Balanced and rather mellow.