Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours brown with a thin white head. Smells of oak, boozy, caramel. Tastes caramelly, sour and buttery with some oakiness and whiskey on the finish.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 and aged in Jack Daniels barrels. Dark brown beer, white head, fast fading. Aroma is incredibly oaky and bourbony. Sweet caramel, whisky and toffee. Some butterscotch and even a hint of rumminess. Plums and grape sweetness. Flavour is quite sharp. Hot peppery alcohol and a bit of oxidized sherryish character. Oaky flavour with heavy bourbon sweetness. There is also a bit of sourness and some heavy hoppy character. The tartness really intensifies as the beer warms up giving a very strange character to this brew. It isn’t an altogether unpleasant combination, but it is very unusual. Sort of what a barleywine would taste like if it were made by Rodenbach.
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 1, 2006
2.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Snifter at brewpub. Fruity, vinous, sweet aroma with some bourbon whiskey notes. I also get a fair amount of peatiness and honey in the aroma. This is a pleasant aroma. The color is extremely odd. I have had the Willi Whammers in the past, and they were all a much lighter copper color. This thing is a dark garnet, mahogany semi transparent color with a small tan head. Much darker than expected. At this point, I’m curious if this is the correct beer. Very hot, sour, astringent, and vinous. Very acidic. Tastes infected and certainly not like a barleywine. Almost tastes like a Flemish sour. It would make a good sour beer if it was intentional, but when a barleywine lover like myself orders a barleywine and he gets this, the beer rating suffers. I am still curious if this might have been their BA Raisin Old Ale?
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewpub. Thanks to DYCSoccer17 for sharing. Poured a very dark mahogany with a small off-white head. Aroma of sour cherries, some alcohol... strikes me like a flemish sour. Taste follows from the aroma with a lot of sour cherry dominating, some caramel. Sort of bizarre how this one turned out. Not sure if it’s intentional (like Oerbier reserva) or just a strange oops. Makes a better flemish sour than the RoadenZack.