flatmatt (1138) - Northville, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from the brewery. Pours copper with an off-white head. Aroma has strong bourbon, various fruit notes like strawberry, raspberry, raisin, and banana, and caramel. Flavor is bourbon-led with caramel and suggestions of the fruity notes (mainly raisin), finishing more on a toasted bread note with oak. Also has a definite alcohol tingle. Fairly tasty, but the flavors could stand to meld just a little bit more.
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from... crap, cant remember, if you sent me this, please let me know and I will update my review. too many trades recently.
anyway... pours a burnt amber color with a few centimeters head into my scotch glass... looks perfect! not too much not too little. bottle is dated April ’10.
smells bourbony, but not overly so. smells like a weak bourbon, no hops, no malt no anything except diluted bourbon. it is really pleasant. There are hints of caramel in there, with a hint of sour... just a tiny hint of sour... I dont know if this will hold up in a cellar with that on the nose. I suggest drinking this soon if you have one.
bourbon is the first thing on the palate. honestly, not much more. it tastes well aged, very smooth, but bourbon is about the only thing there. dont get me wrong, this is nice. I like sipping on a good bourbon, and thats what this tastes like, a nice carbonated bourbon. alcohol is covered very well, not too strong... I get some brown sugar and caramel in there as well.
anyway, not sure this is a barleywine, but it is pretty good. Grab one if you see it.
EithCubes (5054) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Long lost notes: Bomber. Dark brown pour with a beige head. Nose of strong vanilla and some bourbon, sledgehammer but slightly muddied malt. In the mouth, everything kicked up a notch, raisin to the fore, but the barrel infusion (defusion? leechings?) dominates. Full, sticky body - just too much of everything. As kuphish notes, Upland might do well to blend some of this in with the regular Warmer, maybe 2-to-1, to mellow things a bit; our homemade mix was better than both of those beers.
Cavie (3822) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Sprinkle. Clear reddish color. Bubbly head. Aroma is big whisky and heavy alcohol notes. Dark peet moss and wood also come through. Tastes like a lovely vanilla bean shot. Reminds me of grandma’s peanut butter cookies. Very tasty. Finishes decently and of a well made shot.
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle I bought post-Indy Fest at Upland and served in my NB Worthy glass: Bronze hued with a small but lasting fizzy head and some oily legs. The nose shows signs of big bourbon barrels (vanilla, marizpan, oak, alcohol) along with crystal and caramelized malts, some toast, a clove, fig and even juniper ester. Honestly it smells like a classic Olden School British Barleywine (but with a bit more fruit and bourbon), Mikey Likey... then there is the taste... simply far too much bourbon and booze and not enough kilned malts and cellared base brew for my liking. That said it is hardly a drain pour either, with the alcohol heat and background bitterness keeping up with the sweet dessert overtones. The mouth feel is soft and lush with an oily character, hot and a tad chalky as well. I would rather have a nicely aged Winter Warmer over this but I still can deal with the challenges found within.
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours a clear, chestnut body with a puffy, beige head. Big vanilla, oak, light bourbon aroma profile. Heavier vanilla and bourbon in the flavor with hints of malty flavors - raisin and prune. Vanilla dominates. Medium body, moderate carbonation with a slightly sticky, sweet finish. Overall the flavors are nice, but out of balance. Some sort of blend with the base beer would help bring it into balance and make it more enjoyable.
sebletitje (6859) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks to jdubfl for the share.
bah, this is another ridiculously good BA beer.
amber color, white head.
aroma and flavors, just a lot of barrel goodness, notes of vanilla along with roasted malts, bready mouthfeel. The way this is aged just let the whole barrel come alive in a phenomenal way.
This is tasty stuff!
Ibrew2or3 (7050) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to jdubFL for sharing this beauty. Pours clear copper with half inch tall tan head. The aroma is spicy with a touch of tartness, mild sweet malts and caramel. The taste is sweet with smooth bourbon, some sweet malts, vanilla, spicy hops and then somewhat growing booziness that never gets out of hand. Smooth stuff that’s sweet yet has a nice hop and barrel component too.
daknole (9415) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Tampa crew! Brown pour, light tan head. Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, golden raisins and wood in the aroma. Flavor is sweet with bourbon, coconut, toffee, caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. Pretty good brew!
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Crown 17. Pours brown with a red hue, and a lasting dirty white head. The nose offers some faint vanilla, toffee, oak, and booze. The bourbon and barrel shine in the flavor, while the original beer peaks through. Fairly thin and easy to drink. Dry warm finish.