skmikeg (443) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Urge. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head with some lacing. Aroma and taste is of caramel , vanilla, coconut, cloves, banana, sour fruits. and woody bourbon. Has a medium-full body with a super creamy mouthfeel and a slightly boozy, medium finish. Overall, a very interesting and complex beer that blends multiple styles together nicely.
DesertDevil (220) - Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. Odd nose of vanilla, banana, slight shredded coconut, and a bit of sweet bourbon. A cloudy light orange color with a one-inch, long-lasting, fluffy white head. Very sweet and fruity on the first sip, with banana, vanilla, and cookie dough topped by a boozy finish. It tastes somewhat like a bourbon-infused vanilla wafer. A slight tannic note emerges as the beer approaches room temperature. Quite smooth, velvety mouthfeel. A different but thoroughly enjoyable brew.
Ataraxia (170) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep golden color with a thin off-white head. Pleasantly mild aroma of oak, vanilla, caramel, and spices. The barrel character was not overpowering, but worked well with the other elements. Taste was sharp, spicy, and just the right amount of sweetness. A crisp finish and very drinkable at 12% abv.
boxofrane (1218) - pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the pour house. Pours hazy orange with a medium sized white head and some carbonation in the glass. The aroma has a lot of sweetness.. The mischief is winning the aroma. There is some citrus, coconut, vanilla. The taste has a bit of vanilla, oak, tartness, coconut, big carbonation.
jlruthven (480) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Michelle. Pours with a light haze, orange-gold, white head. Spots of lacing. Big Belgian nose, with candi sugar, citrus hops, sweet vanilla. Opens up after a while, with the bourbon notes shining through: bit of caramel, effervescent mouthfeel. Sticks around. More interesting than anything else, but pretty good.
poisoneddwarf (1341) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUN 13, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating from 6/11/13. 750 ml bottle, 2013 vintage. Pours cloudy cantaloupe with a large white head with excellent retention; leaves some neat lacework. Aroma is strong in oak, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, toasted coconut. Taste is sweet, savory and a little sour with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, body medium, carbonation average. Super good.
madbeerbaron (150) - madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of barrel flavor, easy drinking for 11.5%. Almost candy like sweetness, I probably shouldn’t slam the whole thing.
Westmeister (990) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Trappeze Pub Athens, GA. Pours an unclear with white head. Taste is bourbon, grape must, light fruity, tropical notes. Almost barrel aged tripel-like. Light palate, but creamy. Quite nice.
Leafs93 (1414) - Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy deep amber with a white head that quickly dissipated into a wisp. Aroma is bourbon, wheat, oak, vanilla, floral and earthy. Taste is sweet with some light bitters. Medium bodied, smooth, light carbonation.
brenn79 (1224) - Idaho, USA - JUN 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml. bottle- Pours hazy golden with a two finger white head. Aroma is very tart, sweet and fruity, apples and papaya, wheat, subtle oak. The taste is sweet vanilla, bourbon, oak, banana, coconut, caramel, very complex and tasty. Body is medium and carbonation is high. Good, more smooth than your average barleywine, and I wouldn’t expect anything less from The Bruery, wonderfully complex!