MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Malty aroma of caramel and touch of vanilla. Bitter but balanced with fruits. smooth and light bourbon. a great beer. Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2009
Sample at Jupiter beer fest, bottle . Dark brown ruddy red color. Fuzzy-chewy barleywine aroma with lots of tropical fruit and smells a lot like char-grilled pineapple rings. Cakey, but dry and tannic brew. Lots of cherries in the body. Heavy, hot, but tasty and fun. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Sampled at Jupiter brewfest. What a great treat having the beer and meeting Larry Bell. Brown pour, small head. Aroma is full of caramel, toffee, sugar, syrup, wood and some vanilla. Flavor is fairly sweet with vanilla, caramel, tofee, rich malts and a slight hop bite. GREAT beer. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Tap @ Great taste of the Midwest- Dark brown color. Aroma is barrel, and a little oxidation. Sweet and pleasent, not overdone. Flavor is caramel, fruits, chocolates, coffee, really just a plethora of flavors. Well done. ClarkVV (6873) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Bourbon Barrel aged version. draught Eccentric Day 2003. It’s a lot more mellow. Surprisingly not as much aroma. The bourbon is very subtle and comes out on the finish. Very flat, a little bit of wateriness unfortunately. I will admit this was served too cold, to be fair. But it was damned tasty and took a lot of will power to let it warm fully. Chocolatey, light woody/alcohol flavors with some vinousness and more roast than I remember. Head retention is poor and I think the barrel-aging has dulled some of the character that I was most impressed with in the regular version (the sweet caramel, prunes and raisins). Wish it would have got more a vanilla flavor from the bourbon. As StewardofGondor points out, the barrel aging was done tastefully. But then, I would expect nothing less from Bells. I think this is a little less suited for the bourbon barrel than your average Stout due to the extreme grapefruity nature of the beer. The citrus sort of clashed with the bourbon, in my sample anyways. Granted my review is from a sample 2 years earlier than these 2 at the GTMW.
StewardofGondor (2088) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Tap @ GTMW. Lovely hazy caramel and mahogany color with dusty wisps for the head. Ripe, trademark barleywine aroma from the get go, joined by bing cherries, caramel, prunes, figs and bourbon accents as all can be. Quite a symphony of assorted contributors, joined together for a common purpose of making this beer a special batch indeed. Nice flavor impression, drawing from black cherries, black currant, toffee, caramel and palate chomping bourbon. Rich. Very palatable and uses the bourbon as a support mechanism, not the leading lady. Vinous, bulbous and striking to each individual taste bud. Such a pleasure to drink. hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
On tap at GTMW. I have been wanting to try the 6000 for a while now, but haven’t found the right time to open my bottle. I was surprised to see this one tapped so late in the day. What a treat! Aroma has some bourbon, brown sugar, stale piney hops, sorta buttery. Very nice, as the bourbon doesn’t overwhelm the old hops. Deep mahogany brown, thin off-white head. Great buttery caramel flavors followed by that stale, aged hop almost celery flavor with a slight hint of bourbon but it doesn’t stand out at all. Sweet initally, warming bitter finish. Medium full, noticable alcohol and slightly warming. I like barleywine...sooo good.