Ratman197 (15228) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Wax top bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of bourbon, alcohol, caramel, toffee, light oak and light fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak, toffee, light caramel and light fruitiness with a smooth lingering bourbon finish. Dogbrick (13564) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2017
Sample from 2011 bottle during Blarney Wine Festival 2017 on 03/18/2017. The beer is a cloudy reddish-brown color with a medium light beige head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, malt and dark fruit. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, figs, caramel malt and yeast. The finish is oaky with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall. alexsdad06 (10672) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2013
12 oz bottle shared with drsordr. Pours a clear cola brown with a small off white head. The aroma is bourbon, bourbon and more bourbon with some vanilla and caramel that sneak in. The flavor has more boozy bourbon, caramel, vanilla and toffee. Some spicy hops try to crash the party. I will seehow this ages bbecause it is too hot for me right now. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Pour on tap at Crunchy’s, hazy dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of nice dark chocolate, dark fruit, rum soaked raisin, plum, oak, vanilla, nice bourbon as well. Taste was a mix of oak, bourbon, vanilla, slight dark fruit, toffee into some molasses, touch of spice, finishing slightly sweet. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2013
12oz bottle. Big thanks to Chuckaduck. Some nice, thick wax on this thing. Prioring the cap off was a 2+ minute endeavor. Almost entirely hazy dark brown color. Slightly red. Small ring of somewhat bubbly off-white / khaki head. Awesome, big rich bourbony vanilla nose. Oaky, woody, vanilla and bourbony. Really nice aroma. Some dark fruit, caramel, and bourbon in the flavor. Very good aroma. Few reaches of lace, with sips, pretty good for a 12+% BW, really. Bigger body, but not too sticky. Lighter, crisp carbonation. Lightly drying finish, but still kind of slick in the finish. Good moderate sweet taste, not at all cloying. For 12%, alcohol is well hidden. Some light warmth at the end, but nothing bothersome, works well with the bourbon and barleywine flavors. A lot of good vanilla here, pairs well with the caramel and light dark fruit. Very good stuff BB aged BW.
douglas88 (9573) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2013
12 ounce bottle, red wax dipped thanks to Beau. Pours a mostly clear dark mahogany color with a small beige head. A big woody bourbon nose. Dark fruit, tobacco, flavors of vanilla, wood and bourbon, some heat, earthiness. Quite good. A big beer. b3shine (9079) - Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Draft to snifter at Arcadia. Looks good; a mostly opaque brownish-black with beige lacing. Smells good too; sweet and boozy. Tastes like it smells with a good mouthfeel. Good stuff, and will definitely improve with age. drowland (8955) - Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
6/29/13. 22oz bottle shared by cheesemoose during the epic BA barleywine tasting. Deep mahogany pour with a small khaki head. Rich BA aroma shows vanilla, wood, caramel, and toffee with a nice malty base with more caramel and dark fruits. Lightly sweet flavor with vanilla, toffee, oak, caramel, molasses, and dark fruits. Given the usual price for this stuff, it’s quite good! PhillyCraft (7741) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle shared with some heads.Pours burgandy red with light head and not much lacing. Aromas of plum, dark fruit, booze, toffee, and barrel. Flavor is sweet malts, sugary fruit, black cherry. Finishes smooth with a little burn in the chest. Tasty. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle:   Deep caramel, thin sudsy tannish head, little lacing.   Oak and alcohol immediately up front, otherwise slight bourbon and burnt vanilla.   Bourbon is more noticeable on the tongue, albeit its not all that sweet.   A little tangy and tart, body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Semi-sweet oak on the finish, caramel malt albeit not all that sweet, with a strong tart breadiness.   Pretty tasty, but while not rough for the 12% ABV, its a little rough in that its not soft and sweet like many others.   Still fairly tasty tho!   Thanks Kevin!