Crispy34 (385) - Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber bottle. Aroma is barley wine with hints of booze and wood. Appearance is a dark brown with a creamy, tan head. Taste is like a barley wine at first, but sweet and boozy towards the end. Palate is dry with a woody after taste. Overall, and underwhelming beer. I love barley wines and love bourbon barreled brews, but this one did not quite mesh well enough for me. I wonder if it would have been better if it stayed in the bourbon barrels longer, or had more hops to off put so much sweetness... The world may never know.
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Homer321 (1886) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to BoostIPA. Nose of bourbon and some toffee sticky sweetness. Medium light brown head. Significant alcohol warming in the chest. This is high boost. Could be a bit more something better.
beechner224 (669) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share thanks to Homer... Pours a ruby red, nose of sugar, some burnt bites. Taste is malt, burnt sugar, booze, tasty.
DrewFace (783) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share thanks to Homo321. Pours a thick dark, brownish color with tan head that barely missed my pants, homer is drunk at 10am. Caramel, sweet malt, booze, maybe a mild diacetyl character. Boozy malty sweet caramel toasty flavor.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter
Bottled on: 06/22/12
A - Pours dark mahogany with 2 fingers of whipped mocha head. The sinks into a nice collar with a whispy cap. Lacing is sticky and speckled.
S - Glorious melted toffee/caramel on top of copious amounts of toasted barley. Wood vanilla, bourbon, rich and sweet, dates, raisins. Sweet whiskey alcohol comes out when allowed to warm. As soon as I popped the cork hops jumped right out but then faded after the pour.
T - Spicy bitterness upfront, dry wood comes in strong, heavily toasted barley, toffee, caramel, pine hops, spicy, charred raisins, vanilla, ginger, pine hops continue to build, melding with the alcohol for a spicy dry finish.
M - Full bodied, chewy, low to medium carbonation, dry astringent finish.
Amazing aroma. I could smell this beer all day. This beer is almost 1.5 years old and still has quit a bit of hop presence. More in the flavor than the nose. The alcohol is spicy and somewhat mild except for the finish, which is little harsh. Glad I set on this for awhile.
Serving type: bottle
drowland (6037) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12/24/13. 750mL bottle thanks to cbfobes! Amber red pour with a small tan head, nice lacing. Mild aroma that shows cinnamon, dust, oxidation. Much better flavor, malty, dark fruits, mild barrel, vanilla. Meh.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Big boozy with the expwctex barleywine aroma. Big and chewy mouthfeel with the alcohol present on the palate. Good barleywine, perhaps a bit one dimensional and predictable.
TylerGreenDC (294) - - DEC 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft. Vague aroma of raisins. Flavor of prunes, vanilla, bourbon before a chocolate finish. Pretty fantastic progression of distinct flavors. Clean finish. Alcohol present (11.1!), but well-masked.
cbfobes (2293) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with drowland at xmas, pours a clear dark copper with a thick head and lacing in the glass, the aroma was full of sweetness at first with lots of caramel and vanilla with a little bit of the bourbon and booze coming through, the finish has a good kick of bourbon at first with some dark fruit and caramel in the finish, not that bad at all.
swoopjones (5889) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at Blue Monk. Buffalo NY. burnt caramel colored pour. aromas of creme brulee desert, vanilla, toffee, bourbon to a lesser extent. Very flavorful. again vreme brulee, burnt caramel/sugar, vanilla, bourbon. medium to almost fuller mouthfeel. Very nice