hman43 (324) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It has a powerful aroma of oak and alcohol, dates and prunes. It is murky brown in color with little head and limited lacing. It has a powerfully warm kick on the way down that is dominated by oak, a bourbon and touch of vanilla.
Hopswagger (197) - South Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
P: Murky mud brown body like sludge run off with a minimal taupe head that fades quick. Snail trail lacing.
S: Overripe pineapple nearly rotten, sulfur farts, sour milk, subtle banana phenol, agave nectar, prunes, corn syrup, hints of berries and bourbon soaked wood.
T/M: Melted toffee, thick butterscotch that sticks to the roof of your mouth, buttery almonds, cardboard, bitter apple peels, banana, brown sugar, loads of killed barley and a slight chalkiness on the end. Mouthfeel is sticky and thick like a dentists nightmare and the carbonation is at a dull roar that keeps the thickness going.
O: Caution this may cause a diabetic comma. I imagine this is pretty close to drinking pancake syrup from the bottle. Sweet, thick, sticky malt at every angle of this brew. Nice bitterness at the end to round it all off. I love the oaked presence that brings in the bourbon presence. I’m anxious to try two vintages side by side. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
BrewBoxer (1979) - New York, New York, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Clinton hall. Pours a rich amber color with dark fruit, bread and cherries/ nice sipper
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vlan1 (191) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a opaque iced tea color. Fizzy head that quickly subsides. Aroma of figs/dates, brown sugar and oak hints. Taste is a dark fruit bomb, like a fig newton without the crust, bourbon and oak notes and faint glimpses of vanilla. Alcohol is a bit noticeable on the finish but not obscenely hot. Good stuff. Need to get some to age.
Patrickctenchi (3578) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cloudy, light to medium brown in gradients...minimal off-white ring.
Caramel, light bourbon and wood aroma.
Raisin, vanilla, oak and bourbon flavor.
Increasing alcohol prescence.
Sweet and clumsily boozy.
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark brown/amber color with a fizzy white head. Aroma is boozy but I can note the bourbon/oak with some fruit and caramel. It has a nice sweetness. Flavor is overall smooth for the alcohol amount. I get the nice bourbon and fruit/caramel. There is not much on the back end however that is where the alcohol seems to come in. Mouthfeel is sweet carbonation is average. Overall a well done beer.
DrinkinWell (261) - - APR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the brewery. Pours dark brown with small head and little lacing. Aromas are sublte--malts, citrus, vanilla. Big bourbon taste on top of the dark fruit, plum notes. Nice!
gEUS (1035) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle at home. Pours clear amber with no head. Nose of brown Sugar, vanilla, raisins and a tad of unpleasant alcohol butn. Medium body, sweet attack immediately followed by throat burning alcohol. Taste of caramel, malts and honey.
bigben873 (132) - Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smooth malty english style barley wine ale; clear dark amber. Nice blend of vanilla and bourbon. - March Madness 2014
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle for 4 bucks. Pours dark copper with an orange hue and a small white head. Huge aroma of bourbon, caramel malts, dark fruit and a little vanilla as well. Taste also pretty much highlights the bourbon flavor, overpowering everything else. Body is with a nice creamy texture to it. Overall this could be a good barleywine but the taste is too heavy on the bourbon for me. There is just simply no balance here. It has some nice characteristics but I wouldn’t try this one again.