hopscotch (9952) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pours cloudy and brown with a fleeting, white head. The aroma delivers singed caramel and burnt marshmallows accompanied by dark berries and a fruity-bourbony element. Medium-bodied with dancing carbonation. The flavor is all about charcoal and red-hot bourbon. Bitter, acrid, ethanol finish. Bottle courtesy of richiesd!
mar (4986) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown a cream head. Bourbon, vanilla, wood, caramel and toffee. Very nice palate, heavy vanilla, wood, whisky, faint alcohol, rich finish.
DesertDevil (614) - Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle opened by jpdurden24. Typical barleywine nose of cloyingly sweet caramel, along with heavy oak, bourbon, and light vanilla. Pours medium maroon-brown. Fairly sharp taste of sour-mash and hot bourbon, a lot of oak tannins, and a dry, vinous finish. Just OK.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Resinous hops burst through toasted bread and caramel in this flavourful but somewhat dishevelled strong ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy pale brown.
-Malts share nuttiness as well.
-Alcohol shares a little warmth.
-Bitterness is important.
-This lacks richness and depth for my personal tastes in the style.
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (on Christmas)... Poured brownish with a thin forming head. Toasted, caramel, toffee, burnt brown sugar and wood here. Nice tasting with hints of whiskey-like booze.
Huhzubendah (2805) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by durwoodx. Thanks Darrell.
The beer is dark brown, slightly crimson. The head is light beige and forms a thin cap atop the beer. The aroma offers a healthy amount of bourbon, followed by oak, malt, booze. Good flavor, with a lot of bourbon. Alcohol presence is minimal, considering the high gravity of this beer. Really enjoyable. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-02-2011
bu11zeye (12096) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vinous, oak, raisins, vanilla, and caramel. Flavor of bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, oak, light chocolate, and toffee.
JohnnyJ (4756) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample thanks to Dr. Bill. Brown pour, small head. Sweet malts, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, raisin, note of oak and bourbon (vanilla), and a bit boozy. A nice old ale, that would be great for dessert.
BMan1113VR (7894) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to DrBill. Pours with a hazed deep brown body and minimum head. Aroma is fruity, with alcohol, spicy, peppery, cologne, bourbon. Flavors are brown sugar, alcohol, vanilla, bourbon and spice. Creamy mouthfeel with light bubbles.
brokensail (12277) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is a dark amber (approaching brown) color with an almost soapy off-white head.
S: A solid nose to this beer with lots of bourbon and vanilla to start off. The oak is there, but not overpowering. Quite a bit of sweet dark fruit character, toffee, caramel, and brown sugar.
T: This is what you want from a -bal aged Old Ale. Sweet and caramel forward with plenty of brown sugar, molasses, and toasted malts. The dark fruits are here, too, and the bourbon is really on display offering plenty of booze and vanilla, maybe a touch of chocolate, too.
M: Medium to full in body with a moderate carbonation and smooth on the tongue.
D: By far the best of the three barrel aged offerings from Taps. I’d have no problem ticking this one again, though a more reasonable serving size would be nice (Arbitrator would rate drinkability about a 1.5).