slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber. Murky brown w/ oak nose. Starts earthy and woodsy; finishes bourbon. Heavy malts. Bought on impulse, I don’t usually care for bourbon aged beers. No change here.
beernovice39 (3040) - Montana, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rooster’s Beak. Dark red pour with a thick tan top. Scent is malty, woody with a note of bourbon. Taste is wood, caramel, rye and some spicy hops. Good stuff!
maxwelldeux (2724) - Spokane, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a small-to-moderate white head. Nose has notes of wine and bourbon in it, just like it says. Remarkably easy drink for the alcohol content and the aging. Very interesting.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brick Store Pub. Nose has a good dose of bourbon with some sweet malts in the background. Flavor has a bit of dark fruit and caramel alongside bourbon and a touch of vanilla. Quite smooth. Very nice.
Dogbrick (6864) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at GABF 10/11/2012, thanks to Bluemeow76 for assistance with note-taking. The beer pours a slightly murky reddish-brown color with a medium off-white head and a top ring of lacing. Aroma of oaky bourbon and malt. Full-bodied and smooth with flavors of dark malt, bourbon and fruit. The finish is oaky with a caramel malt aftertaste. Above average overall.
aracauna (2936) - Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown. This is thick enough that the head builds slowly. Caramel, nuts, a touch of dark dried fruit. Not over the top, but good.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: September 17, 2012
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, touch of sour cherry, growing oak, sweet caramel and vanilla rounds out the bourbon component
Body: big sticky body
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, vanilla and dark caramel sweetness, light oak, growing bourbon character
Overall: a stealth barleywine from Terrapin
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
rajendra82 (914) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The mahogany colored body was clear, and the head was small. The beer had the classic barleywine look down pat. The smell was very fruity, with figs, raisins, and cherries, with a drizzling of brown sugar. The taste was quite sweet and showcased the wood aging quite well. There were clear oak notes, vanilla, toffee, cherries, and some orange zest. Each sip felt quite delicate for such a big beer. The body may be faulted a little for being too thin, but it added to the mellow qualities that this beer. Easy to drink for the style.
Butters (3593) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Having sampled the BFM version, I was fully expecting something similar (slightly tart/sour). This one was nothing even close to a sour. Not one bit of tartness or vinegar or noticeable bacteria of any kind. So my initial response was disappointment, but after getting past that, I realized I was drinking a really good barleywine! Clear copper/brown pour with very faint offwhite head. notes of black cherry, plum, leather, and not overly sweet. Smooth, almost mellow body seemed like this beer had been sitting for 3 years already. The abv was very well hidden - not hot or boozy in the least. Great to sip on. I actually preferred this version to the BFM.