msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours hazy dark amberish brown with tan head. Aroma is awesome with bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, and a bit of dark fruit Flavors of bourbon, sweet vanilla, oak, burnt toffee, dark fruit, some bitterness, and bit of alcohol warmth. Barrel flavor is definitely there but does not overpower the beer. Nice and smooth palate. Big beer that is incredibly drinkable. Could of had 3 or 4 glasses.
wedgie9 (1836) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted on 1/3011 on draft at the Three Floyds Brewpub. Pours super cloudy amber with a thin white head that quickly recedes to nothing. The nose is strong vanilla, caramel, oak, bourbon, burnt toffee, and a lightly bitter hops. The flavor is lightly bitter up front, tons of vanilla, oak, burnt toffee, caramel, hot bourbon, and a lightly bitter back. The body is full with average carbonation and a long bourbon, vanilla, and a whole bunch of caramel finish.
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Snifter pour at brewpub... Pours a ruddy, mostly opaque dark toffee and fifty brown with a thin vivid white soapy white head quickly reducing to a thin wispy film... Aroma is initially quite bourbon forward while intermingling with rich liqour soaked dark fruits. Caramel, toffee, and vanilla to a lesser extent. Sweet, boozy, and assertive ... Flavors follow suit without missing a note. Bourbon soaked dark fruits while lighter fruits come into play as well. A resiny pine bitterness alongside a tart fruit sensation asserts itself mid-palate and through the finish. Sweet at first but not too sweet as it died down later in the game. A pervading sense of heat warms the throat and provides a sense if fizziness on a wintry day. Barrel didnít take away from itís body too too much as it remains fairly full. Carbonation is also held in check at an adequate level. A very nice sipper although i must add that i had behemoth right after this and i would give the nod to that for having such a healthy/fresh hop profile. This one was a tad too big on the barrel-front but thatís sort of what i was expecting going into it...
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 vintage on tap at Pizza Portís Barrel Blast. Pours with a clear garnet body with a small bit of off-white foam. Aromas are huge, sweet, bourbon, molasses, dark fruits, with a nice and tannic edge. Flavors are equally huge with dark fruits, oak, bourbon, and dark brown sugar. Complex and bursting with flavors. Big (yet mellowed), syrupy and absolutely awesome!
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Co-rate! Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad barrel event. Clear brown. Caramel and tree branch aroma. Taste is strong whiskey and caramel. Lots of barrel in this one.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
notes from DLD í09. pours a hazy, copper orange with just a shred of off-white head and no lacing. aroma is great with huge citrus hops, woody bourbon, coconut, and oaked vanilla with notes of toffee and grass as it warms. flavor takes it up a notch with huge, woody bourbon, vanilla, and caramel malts backed by sutble notes of cherries, orange peel, and spicy, herbal hops. palate is full bodied, sticky, and quite sweet but itís balanced nicely by the spice and bourbon. overall, a damn nice barrel aged barleywine.
Travlr (9998) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad barrel event. Clear brown. Caramel and tree branch aroma. Taste is strong whiskey and caramel. Lots of barrel in this one.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice glistening red-raped amber. Little head just a halo of suds around the glassí edge. Big vibrant barleywine/hop nose with candyish characteristics and resinous and oaky notes too. Sweet and oaky flavors with more candy hop resin notes. Nicely smooth and rounded..some alcohol and oaky burn in the finish. Slightly too sweet for me maybe, but maybe not because i think it still works. Its a bit boozy too but in a nice way.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap í08 DLD. Hazy, opaque amber with a tiny beige head. Boubon, toffee, raisin and vanilla in the nose. Moderately sweet, moderately bitter; lots of toffee, prune juice, coconut, bourbon and vanilla. Full sticky body with moderate carbonation. Better than expected.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at DLD, pours a brune body with an off white head. Bourbon, oak y vanilla notes, molasses sweet with sherry like notes. Subdued hop character of pine and citrus. Modest etoh warming. A serious offering.