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.
Pizz5116 (61) - Bayville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky reddish brown little to no head. Aromas of dark fruit and malts. Taste is of dark fruits and bourbon with a lot of complexity. Finish is a little hot for me.
suprchunk (2420) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Murky dark amber/toffee color. Small off white head. Little lacing. Grainy malt aroma. Tastes almost like a sweet fruit punch with malt mixed in. Finishes cloying and hot.
Jasond612 (281) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3/13/14. $5.49 bottle from CBO. Bourbon was there but the dark fruit was too much. It's official,I don't like barley wines
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redtechnj (226) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma- Dark fruit, caramel, oak, vanilla
Appearance- Muddy brownish amber, very small tan head, moderate lacing.
Flavor- Nice blend of vanilla, bourbon, oak and alcohol, some caramel and raisin, nice sweetness.
Lowe1983 (1367) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet with oak, vanilla, a hint of bourbon, and some dark fruits. Flavor is also strong of the dark fruits, oak, and bourbon. Hints of vanilla and plenty of alcohol warming on the finish.
Mudwhomper (52) - Madison, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a reddish hue with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma is fruity with big bourbon barrel notes. Flavor is a delicious red fruit with a bit of sweetness. Boozy warming finish. Very solid; worth the $15 4-pack
hfmejias (872) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured hazy reddish brown, little and quickly disappearing head. Aroma of dark fruit and wood and alcohol. Taste is sweet, complex, fruit and bourbon are predominant, some malts in there too; warms you up nicely... But it has a pleasant Finnish... Very enjoyable.
atlrizzob (185) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep amber with brown hue. Has the aroma of sweetness, oak, raisins and whiskey. Taste is very smooth at first of oak, raisins, dates, and then finishes strong with a slight boozey flavor of whiskey. Very nice.
keanex (1541) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled December 11, 2013.
Appearance: The body has a light velvety haze with a amber to ruby hue. The head is short and short lived, quickly becoming a thin light tan coating with a bubbly ring.
Aroma: The aroma is complex and delightful. I get hints of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, oak and fruity sort of raspberry esters. What a nice aroma with decent strength.
Taste: The flavor is similar to the aroma, complex and decently balanced. From the intro to the mid taste I get a malty sweetness of caramel with vanilla and hints of oak and bourbon. The finish is a bit bolder with the malts and adds the fruity esters along with a boozy warming finish. Really nice beer here.
Palate: Full-bodied with mild carbonation.
Overall: While this is no Sucaba, this is certainly a great bourbon barrel barley wine that finds itself at a very affordable price compared to others. This is a must buy for me every year.