Prufrockstar (1394) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, shared by OldMrCrow at a recent Seattle RB tasting. Sampled next to the non-BA version. Treat this review as a delta from batch 1. Appearance: Clear, gold, slightly darker but still pale. No head. Aroma on this is nice - oldness, sure, but also molasses, vanilla, citrus. Sweetness isn’t as pronounced, but it’s still obviously sweet. So so smooth. Slight warmth, caramel. I really am enjoying this. Drying finish, viscous smooth texture. I like this. Thanks again for sharing these!
OldMrCrow (2119) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from my cellar, shared at a Seattle tasting.
Sticky wax melted all over my hands on hot days, then cracks and falls away from the bottle in the fridge. No wonder they stopped waxing these. Deep golden-brown pour with no head but quite decent carbonation, just like the regular Levuds. There is a really nice melding of the bourbon barrel character here with the underlying sweet base. This is much, much better than the non-barrel aged version. I kind of like this.
luttonm (2909) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle at a Seattle tasting. More tart barrel flavor. Quite vanilla up front and good bourbony finish. Caramel, tart, honey. Nice, much better than the original version of this beer which we tasted alongside this.
mcberko (8738) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, pours a hazy dark orange with a tiny head. Nose brings out notes of bourbon barrels, followed by tomato juice, and vanilla. Flavour tastes like pure bourbon and vanilla, finishing fairly soft and alcoholic. Way better than the regular Levuds, but still not amazing. Nearly flat palate, with an oily feel. Decent beer.
Ferris (7070) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. - Barrel and bourbon notes. Clear gold with no head. Sweet fruit and some barrel notes. Not great, but better than the non barrel version.
merc7186 (2488) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle# 158 /456
Bottle poured into snifter.
A: Hazy Orangish Hue, Passes Some Light, Thin White Head Ring, No Lacing
S: Vanilla, Bourbon
T: Vanilla, Bourbon, Semi Sweet Malts
M: No Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Sweet
Overall, I like the barrel effect to the beer, but definitely has the age.
hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Red wax that was falling off. Side x side - Levuds and BA Levuds. Bottle #94/456. Poured a golden color with a small sized head. Fruity, some woodiness, caramel, lighter bourbon, and vanilla. This one held up decently and blew away the non BA version.
Ughsmash (7331) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, #45 (I think) of 456.. with some ugly-a$$ pink wax on top. Poured translucent, fiery golden with no head on top.. looked quite still.. loved the color. The aroma picked up semi-sweet bourbon and lightly-metallic-lightly-funky barrel above all else.. toasted, medium-skinned fruits, banana esters, and a hit of anise behind.. black pepper and tangy fruit skins on the very warm back of the nose. The flavor found syrupy fruits (starfruit, overripe pear, and peach kernel come tom mind) and some licorice at the core.. tangy oak, fruit skins, and sweet bourbon around.. picked up fruit-like funk, more barrel, and full-belly warmth on the long finish. Heavy-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. coating, even through it was kind of slick.. a tad too heavy-handed, but it was definitely tasty, and age mellowed it out nicely.
JoeTheYounger (1159) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden pour with not much head. Aroma is sweet caramel and bourbon. Taste is also sweet with mild bourbon and mild coconut molasses and vanilla. Delicious.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle courtesy of Nate at the 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 3/19/11. Bottle 135/456. Pours a clear copper color with a thin head that fades quickly. Big bourbon aroma with notes of vanilla, wood and booze. Some faint stone fruits are present but the wonderful fruitiness of the base beer is obliterated by the bourbon. The taste is caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, maple, apricot, strawberries, leafy hops. burnt sugar, faint booze.Medium-full bodied. Still a good beer, but the bourbon aging detracts from the base beer in my mind.