mcberko (18081) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
On tap at Elizabeth Station, pours a dark mahogany with a small tan head. Aroma brings out loads of caramel, oak, toffee, and residual sugars. Flavour is complex and well-balanced, with a wonderful mix of caramel, alcohol, oak, and candied sugar. By no means too sweet for a barley wine. Excellent balance, not too boozy and very elegant. Great barley wine. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Reddish and quite cloudy pour. Tart wine, bourbon, honey, cactus fruit aroma. Flavor is sweet/tart, grapes, light bitterness, oak. Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Frikin’ Alex scores a growler of this, damn. Thanks buddy. Pours mahogany with tan head. The aroma is oak then dry oak and then moving toward bourbon, some vanilla, and a light amount of dark fruitiness, caramel and then more oak along with a touch of wine. The taste is sweet with dark fruity goodness, aged oak, vanilla and then some wine and caramel notes mixed together. A growing oak note is noticed off in the background as it approaches the finish. Yummy stuff. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
growler, thanks alex! pours nearly black with garnet edges. dense and creamy tan head with plenty of lace and good retention. enormoud rich tart and tannic red wine nose with sharp bourbon and vanilla mixed in. creamy medium body, approaching a little tackiness and viscosity. dates, figs, red wine grapes, grape skins, toffee, treacle, raisins, and figs on the mid palate. thick, complex, sweet, and interesting. long sticky sweet finish. beautifully harmonious and integrated. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
On tap. Pours with a very deep red-brown hued body with a lasting tan head. Aromas are of bourbon, dark fruit, lightly vinous, raisins, currants, toffee, leathery and raw oak. Flavors are big and boozy with light acetone, caramel, oak, vinous, barrel. Big, leathery, red currant, brown sugar, medium tannin. Full bodied, low carbonation. Full and warming.
Sledutah (7724) - Utah, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle shared by Smokepot, thanks man joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Appearance: Hazy brown with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts and dark fruit
Taste: Caramel, oak, bourbon and dark fruits
A nice easy drinking barleywine, nice.
On draft at the Livermore Saloon. It pours cloudy brown with a tan head. The aroma is sweet caramel with some light wood, vanilla and mildly tart berries. I was told this was the Syrah barrel version, but I’m definitely picking up some bourbon as well. The flavor is thick with barrel, caramel, vanilla and some light fruit and mild funk in the finish. Very full bodied. Nice, but a bit confusing. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
Wonderful nose full of jammy syrah, brown sugar, bourbon vanilla, underlying dark fruity notes. Solid sweet barleywine underneath. Dark auburn pour, creamy beige head. Awesome red hues. Amazing notes of syrah and bourbon barrel. Jam, brown sugar, vanilla, wood. Dark sweet fruity notes. Vanilla rounds out the finish. Solidly carbonated. Sweet but very well balanced as some solid hop bitterness comes through. A really amazing beer all the way through. Love the balance that the syrah/bourbon creates. Thanks Torry. I owe you man! JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2010
On tap at Stone Oakquinox 2010. Not sure if this is the correct barrel aged version, but it did have bourbon notes, so I think this is correct. Pours a dark brown amber. Sweet malt, dried fruit, oak, bourbon, caramel, and earthiness. Pretty good, although I’m not a huge fan of three sheets. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Brown with a creamy head. Caramel and wine aroma. Sweet tangy and sour taste with a dry oaky finish.