holdenn (2085) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Brewery. Served in a shaker for $4. Wow I was surprised to see this on tap. The brewer said they found this one in a back cooler and also it was limited to two glasses a day. I see why. Pours a murky red brown with a thin head that quickly fades. Nose is dominated by aged malts and fruits. Toffee, caramel, dark fruits, cherries, bourbon, brown sugar, and lots of plums. Smooth slightly creamy palate. The brown sugars and aged malts are the first flavors with a balancing act of the plums, cherries, dark fruit, bourbon, and toffee. Some alcohol and vanilla warms around the edges. Really tasty and really drinkable. Everything I like about an aged barleywine. Well done.
ubamartian (155) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at brewery. Pours a dark reddish brown. Little white head that dissipates quickly. Mild lacing. Aroma is caramel and bourbon in the forefront. Hints of raisins, dates, and other dark fruits. Flavor. is similar, very complex. Starts sweet and caramel, moving to fruits and bourbon sneaking in, finishing strong with a silky bourbon flavor. The Palate is medium, warm, silky and smooth. Finishes with a good warming dry bourbon aftertaste. Warms you all the way through. Great for Wisconsin winter! Excellent example of a barley wine.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a small white head. Aromas of raspberries, dark fruits roasted malts and bourbon. Flavor is nicely complex. Flavors of caramel and sweet dark fruits that are mixed in perfectly with a smooth as silk bourbon flavor. Leaves you with a nice warm feeling! What a wonderful brew!
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Dark reddish color. Smell of plums, cherries, nuts, malt, bourbon, hops, alcohol, caramel, brown sugar, oak, vanilla and copper. At times it smelled like cotton candy. Taste of pretty much the same with some figs thrown in. You have to order this in advance and let it sit out for about 15 or 20 minutes to capture all the flavor. Dry and sweet in the after taste. This was a very mellow barley wine. The bourbon added a nice touch to it.