jkwood04 (4879) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at American Craft Beer Fest 2010. Pours a rich ruby brown with a beige head. Aroma of oak, dark malts, a slight hint of hops and dark fruit. Flavor of bourbon and a barley wine mixed. Incredible beer.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours a ruddy brown with a dense, off-white head. The nose is boozy with a lot of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. The taste is sweet and hot with alcohol. A little floral, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Light to medium body with aggressive carbonation leading to a dry but boozy bourbon finish. I found this one to be rather tasty but think it will actually improve with a little age on it.
thornecb (4926) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Off-white conglomerate head slowly recedes to nothing. Vanilla and dark caramel aromas. Thin with sweet caramel upfront turning thick in vanilla middle. Lasting slightly cloying bourbon finish.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to Wasatch for this bottle, poured into a snifter.
Pours a gorgeous deep copper that looks mahogany in the glass but shows through clear in the light. There is a small clingy beige head that recedes to a rocky collar with some legs along the sides.
The aroma is sugary sweet with caramel and toffee as the dominant aromas. There is a hint of bourbon and oak in the nose but it’s very subtle. A slightly toasted bread presence as well.
The taste is not quite as complex as the aroma would suggest. There is a much more prevalent bourbon character and the underlying beer seems a little watered down. There is less of the hefty caramel and toffee sweetness and the finish has plenty of bourbon burn.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and heavily influenced by the bourbon barrel. It’s slick with low carbonation.
This is a solid BB barleywine but it seems to fall a little short on body and complexity in the taste. Still, really glad I got to try this one.
wavers1 (915) - Notown, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
courtesy of sledutah, thanks! nice pop, pours a crisp dark auburn with a nice 2 finger cream head. aroma is pretty nice, vanilla, sweet malts, heat. the taste is pretty good, overall it is pretty boozy, and seems like a whiskey. a lil thin and a lot hot
nimbleprop (6164) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at SAVOR 2010. Pours a lightly hazy, copper amber with a cloudy beige head. Nose is mild, light wood, light spice. Flavor is malty, sweet, alcoholic. A complete miss.
obguthr (4772) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Weak, but vaporous aroma of cherry and pits. Clear brown, headless. Weak bourbon flavor with a musty cherry edge. Musty moldy finish. Alcohol noticeable, but downplayed. Drinkable, but not exciting.
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
SAVOR, 75cl bottle. Large tan head atop clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some Bourbon, light raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some Bourbon, alcohol. Sticky full body.
Beaver (1488) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle, bottled 4/1/10. Pours a medium brown (cola color) with a fairly large creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is bourbon, pepper, sweet caramel, some cola and some floral notes.
The flavor is sweet caramel malts, some cola and bourbon. The finish is some grassy bitterness and alcohol (pretty harsh and warming). The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.
Overall, not too impressive. It’s not well balanced. The cola is odd and the bourbon and alcohol are overdone.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is vanilla and oak, a bit of cherry. Clear but opaque dark red and brown colour with only a small head. Has a syrup like thickness in the body, carries a lot of cherry, oak, some dry bourbon like notes and finshes pretty sweet with a lingering almost charred oak. Easy to drink and decently tasty but there is nothing here that stands out.