BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Draft @ Brewpub: Dark brown mahogany, light head and lacing. Nose of bright sweet fruit and alcohol, lots of oxidized malt and barrel. Oakey and lots of sweet honey, chewy raisin and decent hops. Plenty of alcohol. Super complex and alive, but.... boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Hand-bottle score 3.5, draft score 4.1, average score and a compilation of notes and thoughts henceforth. The draft sample was four months older when sampled, and what a signifigant difference that amount of time made. A mellower monster barleywine made room for subtle intricacies to plod through and certainly multiplied enjoyment of an already good beer. The pour is dark brown, caramel/cola colored with blackened soft edges, totally opaque and oily. A thin beige head fades quickly and totally away. The aroma is very sweet, with straightforward notes of brown sugar, bourbon, cherry, orange pith, rotting figs, vanilla and almond cake. Alcohol is very strong in the bottled sample, moderately strong on tap. A mellowing has allowed distinct fruit and earth character to rise to the fore and notch complexity up a great deal. The flavor is very rewarding in the draft sample, after being just too brutal from a fresher hand-bottling. Plenty of rich chocolate springs out on the heels of softer vanilla, earth and bourbon barrel tastes. Alcohol is fruity and powerful. Sweetness is very high but isn’t cloying; rather, it’s subjugation of bitterness and astringency is marvelous, almost like that’s what was intended. Many dark fruit interplay with low bitterness and weave a maze of ripe juices to reveal a complete package not all that unlike fruit-infused bourbon , with a bold old ale backnote, like a 2 to 1 liquor to beer blend. This works. Mild tartness from the oak sets in after a few sips. The finish is warming, smooth, lightly tannic, fruit and bourbon, and ultimately soft vanilla and heavier chocolate, lingering on. The mouthfeel is full bodied, velvety and grainy in an aged sample, whereas a fresh sample revealed too much noxious alcoholic bite and retronasal and belly warmth. Carbonation is very low and only suitable for a beer of this magnitude and/or complexity, in fact it probably accelerates analysis of subtle fruit flavors because nothing glides over the palate, instead pausing for a brief rest before moving on. Very good. Barley Johns is an awesome brewpub. footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2007
ufff, This thing was a bit over barreled for me. Having had a ton of the first batch years ago I knew this wasn’t going to be as good as they had some fermentation issues. Still very nice but that Bourbon was so front and center. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Rosies AleRAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2007
opaque brown, wispy beige head,
sweet brown sugar and bourbon aroma with lots of fruity ripe fig character,
rich chocolate flavor, lots of bourbon but not so much to keep other flavors from emerging, vanilla sweetness bring out the chocolate, a touch of gritty raw brown sugar sweetness, a strong dark ripe fruit character balances and blends with everything else, light bitterness from the oak
wonderful array of complex flavors banance and compliment each other
Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 19/20
This deeply pigmented mahagony pour releases a ton of sweet bourbon fumes (20 year old Pappy Van Winkle barrel-aged) The initial flavor is a head-butt of intense sweetness, thick, viscous, and honey-like. Some dark fruits and hints of vanilla poke their noses here and there. The bourbon is pretty damn prominent, and mellows out the huge, almost cloying (OK, it WAS cloying, alright?), honey-like sweetness. My wife loved this one even more than I did, and drank one instead of dessert...
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Dark ruby pour w/ lots of visible carbonation and a small bubbled tan head w/ good lacing. Rich syruppy aroma big bourbon notes some maple syrups some good carmels a touch of vanilla, and definate alcohols. Full thick creamy palate. Flavor is very sweet, and rich, lots of dark fruits plums, maple syrup, light chocolates, a good amount of vanilla and a delicate amount of bourbon. This is fantastic! MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Draft. Very dark ruby/copper color. Aroma of candies cherries, bourbon. Also some toffee, vanilla and cocoa in the aroma and taste. Heavy, syrupy texture. Very warm. Perfect winter warmer. SpringsLicker (3638) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Thanks to Footbalm for handbottling this one and sending it in a trade!
Virtually no head appears over this slick, oily, brown concoction.
Tremendously complex aroma that suggests, brown sugar, maple syrup boiling down in the sugarhouse, and feshly baked pecan pie cooling in the next room.
Extremely sweet. There will be those who find it too cloying.
Thick, syrupy, viscous, coating sipper with a decided alcohol burn.
Very interesting beer. A well done example of what is possible to be brewed, and one that everyone should try at least once, but not one that I would go out of my way to have again now that I’ve tried it. decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2007
RBSG 2007 Pub Crawl – Draft at the brewpub. An aroma of dried fruit and very little presence of abv in the nose. A very dark brown pour with light tan head. A flavor of dried fruit with a hint of chocolate but just a touch. Palate is solid and with just a bit and I mean a tiny bit of foaminess. A very good beer that is excellent all round. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Lots of dried fruits in this one with some backward flavors as the light flavors came to me first, followed up with dank, sweet rum soaked fruitcake. There were some port notes in there as well. A real dessert beer and a gem at that.