SDalkoholic (2173) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 9, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sproutís: Appeared as a glowing yellow hue full of haze and sediment while developing a thick fluffy head. My nose is overwhelmed with an olfaction stimulation with a dominate aroma of sweet and sour scents stemming from a rich base of barley malts plus earthy hops while a touch of wood comes through as well. My first sip was shocking and I probably looked like a child eating a lemon for the first time because of how sour and tart the flavor was. The flavors are extremely fruity with an undeniable taste of wood while a taste of fake cherry 7-up lingered in the finish. Interesting twist considering this is labeled a barleywine on rate beer. I only say this since it taste as though Belgian yeast was used on this but that funky taste must be a result of those oak bourbon barrels that morphed this into some bionic barley wine recipe.
jhgrantjr (417) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a hazy golden-orange color with good sized white head. Aroma is clearly vanilla and oak, somewhat boozy. Taste is similar, but the bourbon comes out. Also, there is a citrus taste and coconut. The aftertaste burns because of the alcohol. i don't like the mixture of these aspects: citrus, vanilla caramel, coconut, bourbon...it doesn't mix well. I wouldn't buy again.
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marcus (6705) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours clear golden with a huge white head and a fruity aroma. There is a very oaky fruity malt flavor with a hot alcohol finish. Strange, but reasonably tasty.
oRos (1168) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Marcus. Has a clean golden color with and off white head. Aroma is booze and oak. Taste is crisp with some oak and a heat after taste.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a darker orange with a huge fluffy white head that goes away fairly fast. Smells and tastes of spice banana booze malt bread dry thin not much in bourbon maybe a bit as it got warmer. Has like a little lemon taste and smell. Itís a weird beer to say the least. Not what I expected. More belgin flavors. Ok not worth the price to bit of a let down. Not to say its bad but could get similar beer for half the price. Hennepin from ommegang comes to mind.
beertimenow (22) - - SEP 16, 2012
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Lots of carbonation upon opening. Cloudy straw color when poured with a fizzy white head. Aroma is wheat, yeast, sour, funky, sweet, vanilla, slight bourbon. Taste is slightly vanilla, a little bourbon. Not as much barrel and bourbon as I was expecting. Actually a little disappointing and I usually love anything The Bruery puts out. Slightly boozy, but only because its lacking everything else I was expecting.
bs476 (80) - - SEP 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
caramel, bread, nuts, roasty. amber, clear, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish. OAK reminds me of a big chard. Really enjoying the oaks from Bruery. earthy.
AdamJackson (2802) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Eric for the bottle. Enjoyed in a Goose Island wine-glass at fridge temp.
A - Poured a dark hazy orange with hints plum. 2 finger very effervescent head that fades to a thin line pretty fast. Excellent lacing.
S - A little boozy and full of nice floral characters. Some vanilla as well...maybe caramel.
T - Very interesting taste. very sweet, lots of wheat, caramel and sugar. Very boozy in the middle and at the end lots of alcohol notes like rye whisky. Finish is bready and some spicy cloves.
M - 75% carbonation. Medium body.
O - This is an enjoyable beer. Itís solid and very drinkable. Itís a shame itís 12% cause Iíd like to drink the entire bottle.
bluejacket74 (1367) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch off-white head. The head stayed around a while, and thereís a good amount of lacing. It smells like oak, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, bready malt, and a bit of peppery spice and banana. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon, citrus peel, peppery spice, and a bit of pear. The bourbon is more noticeable as the beer warms up more. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit sticky and coating, and is well carbonated. For an 11.5% ABV beer, I thought the alcohol was well hidden. I like this brew a lot, Iíd buy it again. $17.99 a bottle.
RoyalFlushing (324) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a cloudy golden with light orange hues, huge frothy white head, and excellent lacing. Aroma includes vanilla, oak, bourbon, banana, and bubblegum. Taste begins with notes of citrus and caramel followed by Belgian yeast, pepper, vanilla, and booziness on the finish. Nice mouthfeel and alcohol warming after each sip. Definitely more Belgian strong ale than barley wine.