birdmachine (226) - 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 (6412) - 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 (5016) - , 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 (10687) - 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.
patrick767 (3918) - 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 (750) - 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 (3609) - 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 (9929) - 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 (7653) - Indiana, 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 (6246) - Plymouth, 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.