italianjohn (2350) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish amber clear pour ... beige head aroma of vanilla and dark fruits, some fresh citrus hops and oaky .... tastes of caramel and dark fruits, with vanilla light bourbon and a hoppy citrusy bite to it more in the first sips before it settled .... dry fruity and grainy with bitter hop finish a good barley wine smooth and tasty
larsniclas (5635) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at SBWF-10
Deep ruby with a small, tan head.
Creamy, malty and sweet.
Pretty low bitterness.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasting @ De Molen Warehouse. Red, ruby colored brew. Malty aroma. Flavor has a lot of sweetness, some bourbon, plums and caramel. Too much.
jaymobrown (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Itís a bourbon barrel barley wine ale, and because it is winter in Chicago (even though itís above freezing, but there is a lot of snow), nothing matches the season like a barley wine. This beer is part of Unitaís Crooked Line, something I just noticed today. At 11 percent, it is sure to give a nice warm buzz. The beer pours a dark cola color with a large off-white head. There are chocolate and vanilla notes in the head with some dried, dark fruit. The taste is big and bold, with a chewy texture and a long finish. The taste is reminiscent of chocolate, caramel, plums, alcohol and vanilla. Itís a nice sipping beer, especially for the holidays.
BillKismet (3341) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby body with light root beer cream head. Lovely vanilla tendrils wind around bourbon blips to twinkle the olfactory bulbs. Heavy bourbon body with woody cabernet tones and caramel nougat. Full-bodied with woody, slightly sourish twang on the finish.
adnielsen (9247) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at Bull and Bush Xmas tasting in Denver, Colorado. Dark red and mildly hazy appearance. Barleywine aroma is foremost but you can definitely smell the bourbon. Slick mouthfeel with the barleywine flavor in front and bourbon on finish.
drjay44 (2669) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml. bottle. Bottled 04/01/10. Pours a medium beige head, with some lacing, over a clear, reddish brown (SRM 18) body....nose is pine, bourbon, light cherry, light chocolate with hints of soy, roast beef, Bovril......taste is thick sweet malts to start, leading to cherry, raisin, then a bit of beef and soy, finishing with slight bitterness, and a vanilla, cherry, terpene tone.....mouth feel is medium, alcohol obvious, carbonation high, but adds creaminess. This is young and needs more time to reach its final maturity. The Bourbon barrel is done with light hand, so the Bourbon and wood (vanilla, terpenes) are hidden. The alcohol is too obvious and needs time to be absorbed. This is a little light on the malt character now, and I am not sure how it will age. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2012 750mL bottle. Poured near-clear reddish-amber with a short, looser-bubbled off-white head. The aroma picked up sweet bourbon, vanilla, and darker fruity notes, along with a hit of alcohol warmth.. the sugars masked the real power of the boozage.. deep, dark, and seductive. The flavor found a heavier dose of vanilla and sweet bourbon than the nose, with rich veins of vinous notes, raisins, and molasses.. sweet bourbon and vanilla comes back and coats the long, belly-warming finish. Heavier-bodied with lower carbonation on the palate.. certainly on the sweet side, but it was delicious.
2009 bomber, consumed 11/5/12. Poured clear, deep garnety-brown with a short, swirly smoked beige head. The aroma picked up warm, lovely bourbon, vanilla, and toffee notes, with sweet bourbon and toasty oak accents.. big and well-balanced. The flavor found warm, aged, drawn caramel, molasses, and a touch of maple at the core.. sweet bourbon and vanilla around, along with a kiss of oaky tartness.. belly-warming finish with sweet bourbon sticking around for a while. Medium-plus bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. it showed some age, but it aged gracefully. No change in score.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to the one and only footbalm. poured deep amber/ruby with a beige head. aroma was brown sugar, dark fruit, raisin, and bourbon. flavor was prune, dark fruit, bourbon, and cinnamon. light body with low carbonation.
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@TastingSession. Malty, raisin and fruity aroma. Red colour, tiny off-whtie head, fair lace. Very sweet, bitter, raisin, medium body.