brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour with a small khaki head. Aroma is rich caramel, maple syrup, butterscotch, and vanilla. Some bourbon, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Nice sweetness to the flavor of caramel, maple, and brown sugar. Sweet potato, marshmallow, dark fruits, and fig. Light alcohol, vanilla and some bourbon.
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a dark copper/chestnut brown color with deep mahogany edges and a three finger frothy beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Decent retention with streaks of soapy lacing clinging to the glass on the way down.
The barrel presence is surprisingly tame and bland in the nose with delicately charred oak, toasted coconut and faint spirit. Shocking considering the Bruery usually pounds you over the head with alcohol in their BA beers. Thereís mostly just dry toothpick like character here followed by leathery and sweet malt notes. Earthy with some caramel sweetness and a touch of vinous dark fruit. Disappointing.
Unfortunately, there isnít much improvement in the flavor of this beer. Surprisingly thin and watered down with a harsh burnt oak flavor dominating the palate. Very dry and bitter and again, the barrel characteristics arenít all that interesting. Dry toothpick and burnt wood with bland spirit/generic alcohol flavor. After the palate adjusts to the initial shock of overpowering wood, the muted sweet and leathery malt notes come forward a bit. Leathery malt with tobacco and liquid smoke countered by caramel, dark bread, toffee and vinous dark fruit. Hints of fig, raisin and plum coming in on the back end. After the initial heat/bourbon flavor the high ABV is pretty well masked but the overall flavor is harsh and one dimensional. Not really feeling this one. Another over priced disappointment from the Bruery.
hman43 (741) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a brown with ruby hues and an off white head. The head is fairly pronounced and leaves a fair amount of lacing. It is fairly clear as it warms. It has an aroma that is highly malted and sweet with caramel, bread, and dark fruits. There are hints of citrus as well. It has flavors of citrus, molasses, caramel, bread, and a pronounced hop bitterness. There is a fair amount of alcohol warming that borders on hot.
MarcoDL (3201) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Bruery. Aroma of boozy raisin, vanilla and ripe fruit. Taste has boozy vanilla raisin, caramelised malt, subtle cocos and a long finish. Good stuff.
douglas88 (7587) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Johnís Market. Pours a bright red mahogany color with a medium to small beige head. Huge sweet boozy malty nose. Heavy beer, dry at times and yeasty but overall very sweet, caramel, toffee, berries, boozy bourbon. Candied bourbon is just about right for this. Quite good though. Perfect for about 4 ounces. 750 ml will be a lot.
zizzybalubba (1691) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle from The Hop Yard, Raleigh (2015 Edition). Muddy brownish-orange pour with a frothy khaki head. Boozy aroma of vanilla, tangerine, bourbon, oak, coconut, and toffee. Incredible flavor of vanilla, apple, orange peel, figs, coconut, oak, and whiskey. Noticeable alcohol warming. An outstanding barley wine.
JaBier (5912) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Hazy and chunky brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel and some roast. Malty and caramelly flavor with a big bourbon finish.
arnold931 (1010) - Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours copper with tan head. Nose is toffee, oakey, vanilla. Taste is sweet vanilla and some alcohol in the finish. Very good.
jtclockwork (11793) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours amber white head. Nose/taste of bourbon, caramel, oak, toffee and sticky fruit - medium body.
neepsntatties (1510) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by "hannont". Colour...golden hued with a thin ecru head. Nose...eminently boozy and loaded with dried dates and golden figs. Palate...like so many Bruery beers, this is a diabetic coma in a glass! That said, this barleywine brims with dark, dried fruits, singed coconut, toasted oak, vanilla and Christmas cake. The finish is very long, boozy and filled with caramel and horehound drops.
JorisPPattyn (8795) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small head, cream coloured, over reddish brown beer. Wood, vanilla, chocolate mole, coloured malts, red fruit, lactic. Dry faint bitterish, chocolated, leafy, vanilla, sweet-alcoholic, red fruit. Alcoholheat, burning MF. Hot...