marcus (10865) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
On tap at The Graduate. Pours dark brown with a decent beige head and a treacle aroma. There is a sweet smoked malt flavor with a warming bourbon trail. DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
5 ounce sample at the Davis Graduate. 8.8%. Aroma is kind of funky with some oakiness, and light hints of diacetyl. A little floral with TONS of diacetyl. There is also some vanilla oak character. Mildly hazy amber-orange body with a smallish off-white head. Starts with some bourbon notes before this becomes a little tart, astringent, and funky. Lots of of barrel character. Finishes with some vanilla and oaked notes and a large dose of butterscotchy diacetyl. Warming. Not the greatest experiment. bhensonb (15962) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Tap at the Davis Graduate. Pours hazy dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is oak and brown sugar. Ner full body. Theere is sugar in the flavor, but the bourbon and oak render it dryish. Extremely tasty - better than average barleywine. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 4, 2009
On tap @ Toad in the Hole. Clear copper red with a small beige head, served in a tulip. Lots o’ bourbon up front with a good amount of sweet caramel and cherry notes--also a little ETOH. Flavor still has a lot of bourbon notes as well as a lot of chewy caramel and dark fruits. Despite the massive amount of bourbon in here, I’m not mad, which usually happens. There is some alcohol in the dry oaky vanilla finish, and bitterness peaked around a 2-3. It should be noted that there is a light fruity tang not present in the aroma, but doesn’t have me thinking infection. Full body with light prickly carbonation. Pretty good! SuzyGreenberg (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2009
draft @ hard liver ’09 - this turned out to be one of my favs at the fest this year; clear, amber, slight white head; light bourbon, vanilla, sugar; light bodied with touch of syrup; the bourbon is perfectly light and not overwhelming in anyway; quite nice
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Brouwers Hard Liver fest 2009. I was really looking forward to this beer after trying the non-barrel version at the Lucky Lab fest a few weeks ago. Sadly this wasn’t really much of an improvement, although I think it will improve a bit with age. Bourbon was softer, hops needed to mellow a little, malts the same, could use some time to settle. Still nice for a fresher barleywine, but the year old non-barrel version I had was much smoother. carruthm (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2009
bright vibrant red copper color, moderate lacing. sugar, woody aroma. bitter and sweet taste. somewhat watery mouthfeel but very clean. Ibrew2or3 (8912) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours clear deep copper with gold edges and thin off white head. The aroma has mostly pine hops, some grassy notes and then moving toward wood and booze. It seems to be barrel aged but I’m unsure as to the type of formal barrel contents. The taste begins with sweet dark fruity esters then moving into booze and muted wood notes. Vanilla and molasses both help to take this to closure. Pretty nice but it is a bit rough around the edges. It will be darn good with a bit more age.