Nocturne (882) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. I almost didn’t realise this was barrel aged, but there it is hidden away on the label, batch 111A. Pours copper with off-white head. Very good retention. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, light chocolate, fruit, brown sugar. Almost everything you’d want in a beer of this type. Taste is caramel, toffee, bourbon. Slight spicy, orangey rye influence. Sweetness kept in check. Really solid barley wine.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Hazy orange-brown with a finger of frothy tannish head. Fades fairly slowly.
S - Sweet caramel malts, caramelized malts, oak, vanilla Bourbon, rye, citrus and pine hops, and some booze.
T - Sweet caramel and caramelized malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, pine, grapefruit, orange, and citrus hops, lots of bitterness, brown sugar, some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming, and lightly bitter finish.
D - Nice barrel aged barleywine. Good overall balance.
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Batch 111A. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody bourbon aroma. Fruity malty woody caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty woody bourbon and caramel finish.
Bottle. Batch 111B. Pours a hazy amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty woody caramel aroma with hints of vanilla. Fruity malty woody bourbon vanilla flavor. Has a fruity malty woody bourbon and caramel vanilla finish.
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a light amber-hued body, hazed, with a soap suds-like head.
Smell: Strong, eye-opening aromatics from the bourbon barrel aging, shooting out eager sniffs of booze-soaked oak, also fair notes of malted rye, caramel, citrus, and fruit compote.
Taste: First, it’s caramel. Then, light brown sugar, followed by a pop of table sugar ushering in a jolt of residual sweetness. Varying fruitiness yielding accents of apple, peach, citrus, and sultana. Uppercut of hot alcohol leads in zestful rye and punchy hops with plenty of bitterness propped up by that sustained alcoholic sear. Woodsy bourbon character throughout. Tangy, fruity, bittersweet, warm finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.
Overall: Fairly good, not quite as polished as some, as there is some roughness present, but it shows promise.
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap@ SD Strong Ale Fest 2013. Clear amber color with lasting tan sheen. Nice apricot, apple, spicy caramel, vanilla aromas. Smooth light pit fruit, spicy caramel, vanilla flavors__warming alcohol twang to finish---good.
doublebock (514) - California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Cloudy copper color with thick white head
Aroma: Big malty aroma with cork, red fruit and port
Tastte: Oak honey and vanilla notes. The finish is the true reward as the whiskey flavor is soooo smooth and malty sweet. its like whiskey fudge.
Overall: Just a fantastic example of the big maltiness of a barleywine with skilled barrel aging. The worst part is that we’ll probably never see this one again as it was an exclusive for San Francisco’s outstanding Healthy Spirits liquor store.