Hair6a11 (1426) - Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; Pour is murky dark golden amber; frothy beige head that retains well in this glass- light, spotty lacing is present here. The nose is oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and a certain earthiness. It goes downhill for me, honestly - the bourbon notes are quite muted , and the brew , while boozy, is a little thin down the center. Earthy oak, bourbon, vanilla, hop resins, a a bit of cocoa, I guess. Eh
adrian910ss (2419) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep ruby cherry brown color with a few off white bubbles on the top that quickly fade. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, light vanilla, dried dark fruit and chocolate. Taste of sour oak wood, bourbon, caramel, dark fruit and chocolate notes.
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a ruby hued brown with a small gathering of tight white bubbles.
Aroma: Sweetness, wood, alcohol and apple crisp.
Taste: Wood tannins, caramelized sugar, dark chocolate, dark fruit and bitter hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, average carbonation.
Overall: A fairly decent barleywine. I’m going to lay one down to see where this goes.
hayduke (3682) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 760 ml corked and caged bottle that opened with a nice pop when the cork was removed. Pours dark muddy copper color with a really bid tan head with lots of big bubbles and very heavy lacing. Very attractive. The nose greets you with bourbon, dark ripe fruit and some citrus hops lingering in the background. The body is full and the mouthfeel shows some alcohol. The flavor is bourbon, ripe fruit, vanilla, chocolate and again some alcohol. The finish is very smooth and long lasting. This is a first class barley wine and perfectly aged in the bourbon barrel. Yum.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown pour with coppery highlights and substantial head. The aromas are potent alcohol, chocolate, vanilla, oak. and restrained bourbon. The flavors are likewise pretty consistant...Bourbony oak, vanilla, chocolate, plums, dates, raisins, robust earthy/herbal hopping, and a strong alcoholic dryness in the finish. Good stuff.
Goodgrief (1855) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capone’s. Cherry brown color, good head for a high abbreviation beer. Aroma was caramel and fruit. Lots of complexity in this one, all flavors in the description come through clearly...dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, oak...and of course bourbon. The bourbon was strong, but not overpowering and not burning. I enjoyed this.
Chalsk (1096) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s for the Cigar City Philly Beer Week Event with Leafs93 and O’Meara. Pours a dark brown color with an off white foam head. Heavy dark fruit taste. A malt bomb that reminds me somewhat of Raison D’Extra but less boozy.
Leafs93 (1858) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with tan head. Aroma was oak, vanilla, caramel and smokeyness. Taste was smokey sweet. The vanilla came throughnas it warmed.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In bottle. Pours a beautiful clear ruby-copper colour. Aroma is very nice with a mix of hops, alcohol and some sweetness. The hop flavours die away early leaving a pleasant caramel, barley taste. I enjoyed this more than most barley wines, helped by the generous addition of hops : )
tommann (2985) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours a dark copper with a large head. Aroma is molasses, fig with a bit of bourbon underneath. Taste has raisin to start. Mild bourbon and caramel in the finish. Subtle and not over powering but tasty.