Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBWG14 Trip Rating #114. Bottle shared at the Grand Tasting. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee, citrus, wood, raisin, bourbon. The taste is toffee, chocolate, citrus, whiskey, vanilla, wood. Medium bodied.
Leighton (10435) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared late night at RBWG. Pours clear amber with a light, bubbly head. Rich, meaty malts in the nose, toffee, slight cheese. Medium to big sweet flavor, some brown sugar, toffee, bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, warming, lots of toffee, alcohol, wood. Not bad.
decaturstevo (4869) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown pour with off whte head and lace. Aroma is BB, vanilla, and light chocolate. Sweet vanilla and BB and a chocolate kicker. Medium body with good carbonation.
tastybeer (1666) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pour is dark gold/copper, tan head. Decent retention/little lace. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, oak, brown sugar, raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, vanilla, toffee, bourbon. Palate is drier, slick, sweet finish.
bluejacket74 (1263) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle, bottled in December 2013. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown with an inch tan head light tan head that stays around for a while. There’s also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, molasses, and dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s the addition of some caramel, nuts, brown sugar, bready malt and a bit of booze. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall I liked this brew, and it’s certainly worth a try at $6.99 a bomber.
Hair6a11 (1313) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is murky / muddy brown with two finger, fine bubbled khaki head - it retains well, with sticky lacing present. Not being a big fan of the base beer, I wasn’t too excited about this one ; however, perhaps I received a christmas miracle because this bottle was fantastic. The age on this bottle and the barrel treatment smoothed out the imperfections (in my opinion) of the source - the nose is caramel and toffee, with dominant fruit - cherry pits and sugar plum here. The flavor profile on this one is modest barrel treatment, but the fruit notes come through fairly heavily, yet they blend together wonderfully with the malt notes of caramel ,toffee, and brown sugar. Theres a hint of earth, vanilla, modest bourbon - impressed.
birdmachine (165) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle courtesy of gyberic. Unsure of the vintage, maybe 2011? Aroma is a nice blend of brown sugar, toffee, bourbon soaked figs, raisins, a nice kick of bourbon. Pours light brown with very red hues in the light. There is some head retention, but eventually settles out to the sides of the glass. Taste is extremely well balanced with initial toffee and butter, toasted oak, vanilla, caramel, heavy malt, toasted bread, and then the kiss of dark fruits, mostly raisin and dates. There is a nice spicy kick in there, but it is not a boozy spice, and there is very light astringency. The bourbon is pretty mellowed out at this point, I think, and integrates nicely with the fruits and heavy malt. The finish is smooth, great thick body, creamy finish that is not overly sweet or hoppy as some barley wines tend to be. Wish I knew what vintage it was!
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the Hopsnobbery Collective barrel-aged beer tasting on 8/11/12. Clear reddish copper pour with a thin tan head. Caramel aroma with bourbon and grainy malt. Malty flavor with bourbon character and cereal with a bit of hop in the finish.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big thanks to Chris for sharing this one. Served in a tulip. Pours a medium brown-caramel color with a few bubbles on top. Nose has smooth bourbon. Flavor is fairly smooth as well, but a bit hot. Touch of spice. Medium body. Some oak and vanilla.
Dogbrick (7585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the Hopsnobbery Collective barrel-aged beer tasting on 08/11/2012. Clear amber pour with a thin white head that recedes steadily. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Citrus, malt and oak in the nose. Medium to full body with notes of citrus, bourbon, malt and a bit of floral hops flavors. The finish is malty with an oak aftertaste. Decent aged Barley Wine overall.