tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. Pours a very deep shade of brownish red, with soft, pillowy layer of froth, colored tan / beige / creme. Alot going on in the aroma, some fruity notes - plum, black cherry, fig, with a modest hop profile, which although mostly overshadowed by malts still leaves an impression, floral and resiny. Then there are the bourbon barrell aspects, chocolate, wood, bourbon, molasses. Flavor is dark, chewy, fruity bourbon tones while the hops inititate a lengthy finish which begins as a dry, palate cleansing wood hop flavor and develops into a lasting bitterness. Full bodied, thick, syrupy, but ABV masked, and smooth for the flavors / gravity of this beer. Definitely some bourbon all over the overall feel and flavor but it is not dominating, with some chocolate flavors becoming more apparent as the beer warms, and less fruit. Vanilla is detectable but only slightly, it does not play as large a role in this beer as I thought it would. This is a great, very enjoyable barley wine. I have been happy with Uinta so far but this exceeds expectations, just great.
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled courtesy of Hopscotch. Funky nose with bourbon and dog turd aromas. The flavor was big oak with vanilla and caramel notes..
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Marias. Pours murky red brown with ecru head. Nose is floral and caramel. Toffee and hops with coconut and vanilla. Taste is a bit astringent with some soft vanilla and bitter hops. Full body and dry finish. Super interesting.
phaleslu (6790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at FOBAB 2010. Pours a mostly clear deep reddish-brown color with a small head. My notes on this are pretty sloppy, so I’m glad I wrote numerical ratings for each. Notes of bourbon, sweet bready and chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, and fruits. Light-medium bodied, lighter than I’d liked, with low carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. Senses may have been dulled, but I agree with lushawn that the hops weren’t showing up strong here.
hopscotch (9487) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Mostly clear, deep crimson ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The bouquet is a luxuriant wave of caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla and coconut. Full-bodied with modest carbonation. Good balance - rich, sweet caramel and toffee malts are calmed by adequate hop bitterness and alcohol warmth. Finishes bittersweet and raspy, but malty overall. Kudos to cbkschubert for shipping this bottle my way!
HonkeyBra (3514) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep reddish brown pour with big off white head. Aroma of citrus, butterscotch,vanilla, caramel. Not much detectable bourbon. Flavor is a little better. Mostly citrus and caramel with only a bit of bourbon/boozy notes. Dried fruits, pine, port wine notes. Some doughy malts. FInishes pretty bitter and boozy. I mean, it’s hot, kinda green and messy. This beer reminds me of new building that purports to be historical.
SrSilliGose (3269) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
sweet doughy, boozey, bourbon. fruity, chocolately, thin bodied, bourbon beer. didn’t really do it for me. a bit too sweet, without the body to back it up. doughyness and bourbon not good compliments. muddled. didn’t got the hop onslaught that others talk about in the reviews. last beer tried at FOBAB, so who knows.
drfabulous (4167) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My notes are hazy at this point. Last beer of the massive tasting. I wrote a scribble of malty and something else. It was tasty.
rlgk (11421) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
SBWF 2010. Dark beer with a brown head. Vinous chocolate aroma, figs, raisins and licorice. Malty vinois flavor, licorice, figs and raisins, Huge body and a very pleasant finish.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle for $14. Quite expensive and not what I expected in the least. Quite hoppy for a barrel-aged barley wine. Pine hops are hitting my nostrils a little bit more than I would like. I’m getting a sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma are coming through, but they’re not mixing well with that pine hop aroma. The texture is a bit thin -- a bit too thin for a barley wine, in my opinion. The flavor tastes of vanilla, bourbon, and hops. Damn, I mean, this is simply too green, as others have said. The brewers did a great job with the aging aspect, but the hops need to fade before I imbibe this. My only complaint is that this is too hoppy for what it is.