Imaena (1868) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. This is a nice BW with lots of sweetness and complexity. A great sipping beer for fall in the South.
Drake (8616) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 Bomber from Beer Run. Pours a hazy brown color with a thin tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of rye, toffee, earth, bourbon. mild toast. The taste is caramel, strong rye, toffee, bitter citrus. Medium bodied, boozy, low carbonation.
ericdevin (867) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse, Eugene. Pours a medium dark reddish brown, very still, no head. Aroma woodiness, lacto, Funky, fun. Mealy, sweet, with a good amount of tartness. Warming nowhere to be found. Be warned that the solids at the bottom of the bottle are no good, taste-wise.
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting combination. Complex layers that waver between rum barrel, sour nuances and dried fruits. Zero carbonation pour. Layers of prune juice, dried apricot, and sour, dried cherries, intermingle with notes if vanilla, spice and dusty coco. Viscous and full bodied.. Thankfully the sourness keeps it from being thick, sweet and syrupy. Oude Bruin like, though different due to rum barrel nuances and various stone-fruit layers. Also reminiscent of wine/tawny port... 10% alc. is completely integrated and well hidden. Sweet nuances, though seem to finish dry and tart. Elegant lingering flavors of dusty chocolate powder, vanilla and earthy tobacco. Due to fullness and viscosity, I believe it is best enjoyed as a slow sipper. 10% alc sneaks up on you in end. Good stuff... Unique. Would purchase again. Keep in mind, its a sour, not a barley wine.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
LinusStick (2879) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delicious barley wine. Aroma was nice. Toffee, caramel and roasted malt. Pour was a milk chocolate brown with a thin off white film for a head. Taste was big and malty. Sweet brown sugar, caramel and milk with a sticky toffee finish. No hops to speak of. As it warmed, the bourbon came out. Vanilla and bourbon were just a hint, but present. Light carbonation. Nice beer
nimbleprop (5076) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle pours a hazy brown with some spitty white head. Nose of caramel, brown sugar, orange, booze. Sweet flavor, oranges, malty, caramel, a little pine sol. Full, sticky finish.
radagast83 (4901) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of noodleuser. Thanks! Poured a red-amber color, caramel, notes of sweet malts. Alcohol totally hidden. Wow.
Travlr (12900) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of noodleuse, a huge thanks! Hazy bright ruby amber color, scant edge head. Aroma of toasted and lightly spiced caramel. Taste is rich butterscotch and light booze. Nice.
zizzybalubba (1477) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Bruisin’ Ales, Asheville, NC. Murky brown pour with a quick off-white head. Aroma of maple, booze, and light citrus hops. Bourbon and oak are wonderfully integrated in the flavor yet not overpowering. Mixes vanilla, oak, tangerine, caramel, coconut, and just a touch of alcohol that can be found on the finish. Really nice!
jgb9348 (4805) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled this Horizontally with the BFM Version of this beer
Crystal clear (no muddiness like BFM) ruby tinted brown coloured body with a strong rust and copper glow and a very thin tan head - showing more carbonation than the flat BFM. Aroma of totally different notes than BFM - cigars, scotch, whiskey, oak, vanilla pods, tobacco and a lot of earth really come out here - THIS is a barley wine. Medium to Full-bodied; Deep, strong alcohol flavour at first with a pungent earthy, tobacco and spicey malt flavour showing a great platform for pit fruits, peat and a little chocolate flavour. Aftertaste shows a great complexity with the typical barley wine flavours - oak, vanilla, scotch, pit fruits, earth and peat all come out here and play around the palate nicely. Overall, a much more representative barley wine compared to BFM - but a totally different flavour profile. Great to sample, especially horizontally, but these are totally different beers, and this one is a barley wine, if that’s what you want and/or expected! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Arrowine in Arlington, Virginia on 24-November-2012 for US$8.99 sampled at home in Washington on 22-June-2013.
2011 Bottle//Purchased November 2012//Sampled June 2013