patrick767 (3528) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle - Pours murky amber-brown with a small head. It smells of bourbon, oak, caramel, and a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is sweet with a big bourbon tastes that dominates it. It’s full bodied and good, but the bourbon is perhaps a little heavy such that it doesn’t allow the other flavors to come through enough. Those who like bourbon will enjoy it. Those who don’t should definitely stay away.
davey101 (650) - Connecticut, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011: Wild Turkey barrels. Bottled on October 2011. 22 oz bomber into a snifter.
A - Ruby red with a brown tint. Sits really still with no head or edging. Upon pouring a thin off-white cap does form and quickly fizzes away.
S - Loads of bourbon soaked dark fruits. Plums, dates, raisins, vanilla, oak, and toffee. A bot of warming alcohol on the finish.
T - Dark fruits initially, then large bourbon notes. Plenty of oak and vanilla. Finishes sweet and malty with notes of toffee and caramel. Medium to light mouth feel with a large alcohol presence.
O - A nice BBA barleywine. Its not as complex or flavorful as some of the other big guys (King Henry, Abacus, etc) but it can certainly hold its own.
queenholly (2827) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with shrubber85. Sweet malt, smoky/oaky bourbon, and vanilla aroma. Chestnut with a small off-white head. Sweet malt, sharp oaky bourbon flavor smoothed with vanilla. Despite the boozy bourbon flavor the alcohol was well hidden. Full body.
shrubber85 (7295) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Caramel malt and bourbon aroma. Chestnut color with minimal head. Strong bourbon flavor upfront with surprisingly subdued sweet caramel malt flavor. Pretty strong ’hint’ of bourbon. Nicely balanced - not too sweet, not too much alcohol.
b3shine (5156) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle to oversized snifter. Looks good; a deep BW with great carbonation for its age. Smells good too; notes of both the bourbon and the base beer. Tastes great; nothing too intense at any moment, but a wonderful marriage of good bourbon barrels and great barleywine that only time can produce. Mouthfeel is good too. Overall, a great beer that I hope to cross paths with again.
Pailhead (4607) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and mint. It pours a transparent copper with a small off-white ring for a head. The flavor starts with caramel, toffee, and light vanilla. The finish bourbon, a hint of mint, and oxidation. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
deyholla (6490) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle. Pours a c;ear deep amber with a slight orange hue and a tan head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of bourbon that melds nicely with sweet grains, caramel and a bit of dark bread. Flavor has a good amount bourbon as well, but the backing sweet grains and caramel are less prevalent making the finish a bit thing.
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Brown beer in the snifter with a small brown head. Big bourbon nose. This is a big, bourbon centric beer. Lots of vanilla and big malty sweetness, but all under the bourbon. Tastey but simple.
radagast83 (4417) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a growler of "Bourbon Barrel Winter Warmer" - Not exactly a "bad" thing but the aroma reminds me a bit of dill pickles immediately then a moments pause later I get the vanilla bourbon. Bourbon dominates this brew. Malts.
anders37 (16289) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ FoBAB 2009, Chicago, IL. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty bourbon and caramel aroma with hints of vanilla. Sweetish malty toffee and dark fruit flavor with hitns of bourbon and oak. Has a sweetish malty oaky caramel and bourbon finish.