charule (811) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Beermuda. Cloudy dark orange pour with light white head. Aromas of light bourbon and raisins. Earthy floral raisin taste. Very different than anything Ive had.
Ontbeertaster (2269) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the brewery, smells great, a nice full body and a good smooth bourbon taste, the booze does come through, this one was tasty
jrodooo5 (805) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is a dark copper w/out a much of a head & Zero lacing. The aroma is dominated by the sweet bourbon flavor. The taste is also centered around the bourbon flavor which really mellows the hops. It’s exceptionally smooth at 14%. Impressive stuff!
phaleslu (5875) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours a hazy reddish-amber color with a small, resilient off-white head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, raisins, bourbon, toasted oak, brown sugar, figs, and cream. Flavor hit all the same notes. Medium-full bodied, with a smooth, sweet, mildly boozy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Rich, tasty, and smooth. Not as boozy as others have indicated. Maybe an older vintage was on or something. I recently tried the Oak Aged version and this is a much better treatment.
keepersj12 (2561) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big in every way. A boozy Malthus sweet aroma with some citrus and pine. The flavor had the Bourbon and wood up front, lots of vanilla and some fruity ester’s and booze. This is very potent, not for the timid.
dogfishho (586) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is full of toffee, barrel, vanilla, raisin, apple, and grape. On the palate it is sweet but thinner than I had hoped. Okay.
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jredmond (5031) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at blind tiger during jury duty. Pours a deep, murky muddy brown body with no head, no lacing. Aroma is dark fruits - raisins and prunes, bourbon and musk. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with notes of bourbon, prune juice, raisins, and a strong alcohol warming in the finish. A bit too boozy, otherwise this would have been a home run.
tricyclist (537) - Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Snifter pour if hazed deep amber with half finger head. Nose is rich, sweet, boozy, caramel. Flavor is boozy from the bourbon, sweet caramel malt, heavy, rich, not amazing though. Medium body with light lacing... Not my favorite...
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[4750-20120819] Tap. Mild orange and grainy toasted malt aroma. Clear, amber brown body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Super sweet boozy bourbon barrel and toasted wood malt flavour. Full body is Super Boozy. Did I mention the alcohol? And the punch in the kisser? Yeah, that. (7/4/6/3/14) 3.4
(@ Cole’s, Buffalo, NY)
Dorwart (2342) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From growler. Thin off-white head of dense and creamy bubbles. Rich bourbon, caramel, butterscotch, sweet malts and some raisins in the aroma. Color is a dark crimson mahagony. Wow, super smooth flavor. More butterscotch, some vanilla, lots of caramel and a bit of dry roastyness behind it all. Noticable alcohol presence and warming but not as powerful as I would have expected. Good body. Not real thick and syrupy as you might expect from a 14% barleywine. Finishes smooth and slick. A very good barleywine that is not overpowering bourbon wise and goes down way to smooth and easy. I can see myself getting into trouble with this one. Prototypical headache brew!