DocLock (9857) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared red-waxed bottle, acquired from Capone’s. Pours hazy brown with tan head. Nose was rye malt, oaky bourbon, hops. Tasted dry, very oaky and hoppy, with pronounced malt flavor and some tannins. Stayed dry, malty, and oaky, with assertive hops.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mahogany and crimson meld with a small eggshell film. Lots of caramel, maybe a hint of maple and molasses, and an oaky woodiness. Super thin. Just not tons of depth. Not well rounded nor complex. Meh.
c1raider (135) - New York, USA - JUN 23, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
What is this beer? Barely wine meets ipa and not my favorite of either style would not buy again
douglas88 (8317) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Mongers. Pours a dark copper color with a medium white head. A sweet sugary nose, some wood, dry dusty malts. The flavor is husky, very dry, oak, bourbon perhaps but not massively, dark fruit, some berries. Pretty good, a bit much.
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Kyle, thanks! Pours a clear amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has sweet grains and caramel with toffee and light sweet fruit. Flavor starts with caramel and sweet grains with some light fruits and candied sugar.
hoppyho (56) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark orange/bronze with a smattering of lacing. Nice lava-like glow and average retention. Aromatics are surprisingly subdued. Some typical dark fruit and malt-forward smells, but nothing to suggest this was barrel aged. Light vinuous taste accompanied by dried fruit, raw-ish malt, and very faint toasty notes. Once again, no vanilla, coconut, wood, or anything suggestive of time served in a barrel. Dry finish with a hint of earthy hops.
Slightly tannic, dry yet oily, and not quite medium-bodied with average carbonation.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think I like bourbony barleywines better than bourbony stouts. The hop bitterness of the barleywine stands up to the boozy nature of the bourbon. The mix works for me. Spicy and balanced with nice carbonation.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is one of those rare times a less than good beer actually improves into a great beer with barrel aging. This one became much more complex, very little booze flavo, lots of vanilla form the oak, nice cherry and dark fruit notes, deep caramel body, really a fantastic barrel blend.
vtafro (6533) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Rattle. Amber pour with a light head. Huge sweet aroma full of fruit and sweet malts. Dark fruits, caramel and sweet malt flavor, covers the abv but not enough. Bit of warming but comes with the territory.
jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at RnH in NYC with Andrew. Pours a hazy orange, amber body. Notes of creamy vanilla, molasses, and bourbon in both the aroma and flavor. Incredible disguise of alcohol.