anders37 (16537) - 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.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear deep amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, toffee, roasted malt, toasted coconut, wood, and vanilla. Flavor of roasted malt, cotton candy, bourbon, toasted coconut, raisins, and some vanilla.
argo0 (11440) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle, thanks ygtbsm94. Clear amber body, small white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some grapefruit, light Bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, some Bourbon. Medium body, low carbonation.
brokensail (10735) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is surprisingly clear amber/copper color with a short lived off-white head.
S: The nose certainly lets you know this one is barrel aged. Bourbon and vanilla start things off. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar follow. There’s a bit of cardboard/oxidation going on too.
T: Surprisingly light in flavor for a -bal aged barleywine. Again, sweet vanilla and bourbon along with the typical brown sugar and caramel flavors of the style. A bit of warming alcohol is present as well.
M: The body is certainly on the thin side with a fairly lively carbonation to it.
D: Not at all bad, but not a homerun either (maybe a long single). I didn’t find it bad, just sort of uninteresting.
Leighton (10675) - 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.
Travlr (10009) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94, thanks! Bright amber color, small white head. Aroma and taste of sweet caramel and creme brulee. Nice.
BeerandBlues2 (9585) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with no lacing. Aroma and flavor are heavy malt (bread, cookie, toast), floral hops, and fruity esters (pear, peach) with light bourbon notes. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a sweet texture and dry finish.
daknole (9042) - 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!
GT2 (8332) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
651mL. Pour is clear deep amber with tan bubbles. No real head. Aroma is sweet toffee, chocolate, maple, sugar, light spicy booze. Taste is light aged rum, watery, spicy booze, caramel, oak, sugar water. Palate is light, sugary, heavy rum alcohol. Meh.
Drake (8186) - 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.