SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Sampled at RBSG 2006- Grand Tasting. I thought that this was just an amazing beer. The aroma is perfect. Fruit, oak, and liquor. Flavor has strong bourbon pronouncements. Super rich. Super sweet. Super sugary. Super corn whiskey. These faux Pennsyltucky hillbillies know how to make a barleywine for true Tennessee hillbillies. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Tap...pours a deep brown with amber notes and an average creamy tan head that laced. Aroma of toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, some light woodiness, molasses, caramel and coffee ice cream. Flavor of coffee ice cream, toffee, vanilla, dried fruits, light oak, toasted grains and a touch of bourbon. I love Ben and Jerrys coffee Heath bar crunch ice cream and this beer reminded me of that. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2006
ABC fest 06. Pours a deep woody ruby red, moslty clear with a thin off white head. Low carbonation. Aroma is very woody, with some earth, oak, light vanilla, sweet caramel and some fruity esters- but overall dominated by wood. The strong woodiness luckily is backed up by the crapload of sweet sticky malt- more dried fruits, caramle, toffee, and more vanilla. Smooth adn full body with just a bit of tannin induced astringency. This was my favorite of the fest, and I went back for about 4 more samples througout the night. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2007
20061111 Sampled at Cornboy’s 1st Annual Barley Wine Extravaganza 3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2007
#21 The last of the formal tasting, and what an amazing tasting this was. Tremendous lineup of barley wines and great company. After this one, the night gets fuzzy.
Smells mild, light roast, light toast. Bits of coffee and chocolate flavor. This seemed like more of a mild Baltic porter than a barley wine as it had a bit of roasty flavor to go along with the usual rummy/raisin whatchamacallit. Tasty nonetheless.
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2008 Snifter at Appalachian in Harrisburg. Dark garnet brown colored body with a thick, foamy dark tan mocha colored head that sticks to the sides of the glass like glue. Big legs and overall just a really inviting appearance. Big oak-filled nose, sticky plum and caramel and maple and some dry, toasty hay. Really nice. It’s sticky and rich on the tongue, and thankfully the oak isn’t incredibly dry, it has some light char, some nuttiness, some plum/black cherry/date qualities. Very good, not boozy for being close to 13%, just huge and overpowering, going straight to your head. Good stuff.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Draft at Harrisburg location. Poured deep brown in color with a sparse beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, nuts, and toffee. Tastes of dark fruits, nuts, toffee, caramel, light vanilla and light oak. Some mild alcohol warming in the finish but in general this is a very drinkable barley wine. kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Name: Broad Street Barley Wine Oak Aged
Date: July 15, 2006
Source: Tasting, RBSG, 2006
Appearance: muddy brown, thin tan head, touch of lace
Aroma: oaky malt aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lot of oak, touch of roasted, light bitterness, only a touch of the sweet bourbon
Name: Broad Street Barley Wine Oak Aged
Date: July 25, 2007
Score: 3.3 to 3.9
Appearance: black, fine tan head, lots of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel and chocolate aroma with a vanilla sweetness
Flavor: rich dark chocolate and bourbon flavor, nice earth oak bitterness, vanilla sweetness brings out the chocolate and caramel
Overall: a cross between a barleywine and imperial stout
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Draft at brewpub on Cameron. I take back the common about "poor beer across the boards" because the barleywine is a fairly legitimate offering. This was the first beer I tried at ABC and I was fairly impressed although my samplings went downhill from there. A very nice Barlywine with a strong alcohol presence....very sweet, very hoppy, very delicious. jsquire (4563) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2006
’06 RBSG Dark beer with a quickly disappearing beige head. The nose has lots of dark dried fruit and barrel wood. Flavors of oak, vanilla, brown sugar, some anise, and alcohol. Nice blossoming alcohol and wood sensation when you exhale through the nose. I would have liked to have tried the regular version too. chriso (7586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2006
From growler, RBSG Grand Tasting, July 2006. I have to say this seemed pretty similar to the regular version I tried a few days later. My notes are certainly very similar. Very dark, plummy fruit, prunes, rich malt and an unexpected dash of chocolate. Maybe a touch of vanilla from the barrel but I’m not sure it really adds much. Scores the same as the regular.