kramer (5735) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber body with a small fizzy light brown head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is heaavy caramel and vanilla with a touch of wood, some toffee,bourbon, and some light alcohol vapors. The flavor is caramel and vanilla driven as well with a moderate resiny hoppiness on the finish, some dark fruits, fairly well restrained bourbon. A little hot on the finish where the slight oak tannins come out. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy with light soft carbonation. Overall not so bad, but I just don’t think it all came together.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of alcohol/whisky, wood, vanilla, apple skin.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Fairly straightforward. Nothing stands out, but it’s enjoyable enough overall. Thankfully neither the hops nor bourbon are overly strong in the nose.
GandGKevin (933) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great aromas of woody caramel. A bit harsh on the palate which would probably subside with a little aging. Decent overall.
DocLock (9364) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 cc bottle from Capones. Pours mahogany rubyish with off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, vinous fruit, hops, vanilla, oaky bourbon. Tastes oaky, bourbony, with a hefty amount of malt, vanilla, hops, and vinous fruit notes to spare. Gets a bit hot late, and remains spirity, oaky, hoppy, and matly, which is a great combo any day.
blutt59 (6423) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
botte, thanks to ericandersnavy, dark red amber in color with honey, caramel and chocolate aroma, flavors of chocolate, whiskey, smoke with a buttery finish
Mora2000 (6135) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle. This was an aged bottle that was labeled as Uinta Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine.
The beer pours a red-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is bourbon with some oak and dark fruit notes. The flavor is caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon and some alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Ratman197 (12680) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark garnet with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, plum, raisin, light oak and light carmel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of bourbon, oak, plum, raisin, carmel, light cocoa and light vanilla with a smooth warming lingering dark fruit finish.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish brown with an off white head. Aroma and flavor of bourbon, nuts and dark fruits. Bourbon was nice and smooth.
Earlier Rating: 4/9/2010 Total Score: 4
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this one. Pours a deep brown with a small off white head. Aroma of a nice aged barleywine, dark fruits, nuts, light bourbon and vanilla. Flavor was much of the same. Really well done and the bourbon barrel aging was right on.
egajdzis (5904) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky red brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, dried fruits, caramel malts, wood, citrus, and light alcohol. Taste of vanilla, bourbon, caramel, nuts, wood, dark fruits, and some alcohol in the finish. Thanks to Josh for this!
Earlier Rating: 10/18/2009 Total Score: 4
Hazy red brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, vanilla, caramel malts, bourbon, nuts, wood, and alcohol. Taste of nuts, wood, bourbon, tobacco, dark fruits, caramel, and alcohol in the finish.
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle from the legend himself, Footbalm!] Pours dark reddish-brown with a long-lasting dark tan head. Aroma is big on coconut, toffee, cocoa, and brown sugar. Sweet, but very nice. Taste is a little hot, but pretty good--chocolate, syrupy (not maple though), notes of marzipan, lots of malt, some sort of dark fruit (prune, maybe?) and a decent amount of bitterness. Cardboard notes are in there, but not too strong. Medium-thin mouthfeel, chalky, somewhat dry finish. Overall, could be a bit thicker, and it is a little hot, but otherwise a nice barrel-aged barley wine. Thanks again, Eric!