jake65 (3017) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 12/2011: Pours an attractive auburn with a creamy beige head. Nose is sweet with vanilla, dark fruits, and bourbon. A sweetness from the hops swims through the taste of bourbon, caramel, and fruits. Just shy of one year’s age and drinking quite well.
closey22 (1334) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy Brown thin biege head; aroma is malt; flava is malty roasty grainy hint of molasses; feels medium some fizz; finishes dry chalky somewhat tangy
JStax (4105) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. The beer is a clear copper color with a big head of khaki foam. Lots of head on this beer. The aroma has burnt toffee, caramel, wood, some raisin. The taste has a lot of sweetness to it and a bigger boozy character. Big body and low to medium carbonation.
Vaiz (4050) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Clear amber pour, thin beige head. Aroma of spicy malts, some bourbon, ripe fruits, caramel and somewhat spicy. Flavor is quite bitter, sweet malts and quite smooth. Nice spicy bourbon touch.
coachd (381) - Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of dark fruit, sweet malt and booze. Decent, but I could have used more. Beautiful looking dark brown nearly black color with a white head of foam that shows a striking contrast. Definitely tastes like bourbon barrel with barley wine characteristics showing through. The bourbon adds sweetness and makes the flavor less hoppy and harsh than many other barley wines. Palate is silky and again not harsh like others in this style. This was very easy drinking for the ABV and good overall.
S_Side_Smitty (625) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep murky brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is rich rich malts and alcohol with a tinge of old leather. Taste is rich rich malts and alcohol with a tinge of leather. Awesome awesome awesome.
tomekboniek (319) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUN 8, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Butelka. Barwa brunatna, lekko zamglona z niewysoką lecz utrzymującą się do samego końca pianą w kolorze ecru. Wspaniały aromat beczki, wanilii, czekolady, suszony owoców. Pojawiają się również aromaty tostowe. Smak tak jak zapach intensywnie złożony. Przede wszystkim dominuje wanilia, suszone owoce, czekolada. Słodycz umiarkowana. Goryczka średnia do wysokiej niezalegająca z lekko wyczuwalnym alkoholem. Finisz długi i złożony. Wysycenie średnie, piwo pełne treściwe do długiej degustacji. Wyśmienite piwo.
BeerBunker (956) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pours burgundy with a big, foamy beige head. Aroma is of wood, bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Also has a nice hop aroma to it as well. Taste is very sugary, with lots of caramel and wood. Some vanilla as well. The hop character is there as well, and is very grassy. The finish is all wood. The alcohol is there, but doesn’t make it hard to drink at all. Mouthfeel is creamy, sticky, and decently carbonated. It’s very sticky, but it’s so easy to drink. Goes down way too easy.
unclemike (2674) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slight hazy copper color, short head. Aroma is very biscuity bourbon, slight vanilla, lots of malt, caramel, hint of raisin, some alcohol. Medium sweet in taste, slight bitter, quite some alcohol burn in the finish. A bit too alcoholic to be really awesome
M82 (426) - Kansas, USA - MAY 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A clear mahogany body offers vibrant crimson and amber highlights beneath a tall, creamy-tight, light khaki head creating lasting spots and short peninsulas of lace all around
Aromas and flavors with solid intensity and complexity, caramel and vanilla with drying oak and big thinning bourbon spirit spiked with citrus over a range of fruity, bready compliments, blueberry, strawberry, dates and raisins, toast and dough, graham cracker, marshmallow, aromatic and bright for the style, all on a warming, somewhat hot, slightly creamy, smooth medium body leading to citrus and oak bitters conjuring coffee cake and milk chocolate in addition to faint echoes of the previously mentioned components, a general sense of scotch and s’mores transitioning to crème brûlée on the extended residual
The heat and complexity suggests this is a strong candidate for aging, while also making for a warming after dinner drink with great depth tonight
750 ml cork and cage bottled on 10/20/14 served at 55º into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter
BucannonXC5 (1163) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Type: 750ml bottle (25.4 oz.)
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th Anniversary snifter
From: Utah State Liquor Store #06 in Logan, Utah
Purchased: May 2, 2015
Consumed: May 12, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Aug. 19, 2014; Champagne top (cork & twist)
Poured a reddish amber, auburn color semi-clear color with 4-to-5 fingers of khaki tan, frothy head. Average amount of foamy lacing spots on the side of the glass. Very good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)
Smelled wood, vanilla, bourbon, tobacco, dried fruit, raisins, dates, grass hops, honey, light menthol and herbal hops. (Smell - 3.88)
Tasted woody malts, caramel, toffee, tobacco, vanilla, bourbon barrels, faint Cascade hops, dates, raisins, dried fruit, herbal hops, honey and booziness late. (Taste - 4.00)
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, boozy finish. (Feel - 3.88)
An unusual take on an American Barleywine, but very good nonetheless. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 3.88)
3.95 89 B+