arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2009
22oz bottle courtesy of msubulldog25 and I am surprised that the label doesn’t feature the current knucklehead’s image. This is a decent looking specimen of a barleywine, ruby red with a huge off-white head that quickly becomes a smattering of bubbles. The first whiff from the bottle suggested juicy fruit gum but it is quickly gone. The aromas from my glass are straight alcohol fumes and a very subtle orange-rind smell with some notes of wood. Whoa, very bitter flavor at first that bites my tongue, then some oakiness but not quite bourbon with a prickly feeling from the alcohol. The more I sip the more I taste wood and then some fruity gum flavors pop up. It has an astringent yet interesting mouthfeel. This is a very good deal for $4.50 considering it is barrel-aged and not widely distributed. I actually think this may improve with about six months, hopefully taming the fumes and astringency but I don’t see anything about bottle conditioning on the label. I love breweries like Bridgeport and Full sail that put out bombers of barleywine for less than $4. Oh yeah, if you read this far, make sure you let the beer warm up a bit before drinking it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-28-2008 03:17:07 gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - APR 30, 2009
Dark orange pour, some red hints. Bourbon nose, caramel. Taste is less bourbon than the nose. Slightly boozy. I love a boozy barley wine. Nice. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - APR 29, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a one finger light tan head. Aroma of bourbon, sweet malt, vanilla, caramel, floral hops, and oak. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouth feel with a moderate amount of bitterness and slightly warm alcohol. Very good. bhensonb (15194) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Had this bomber for a year or so. Dark red tinged amber color with a high beige head. Aroma of dark malts. Possibly a touch of tobacco. Medium plus body with creamy/fizzy carbonation. Flavor is dark malt, arguably bourbon, and some astringency that might be wood. Rather warming. Finishes with more of a bourbon character and actually seems dry - though that may be comparison with the beginning. I say it’s underrated, but maybe sitting around awhile improves it. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2009
[Vintage 2007] Tap @ Barleywine and Big Beer Fest... Poured a dark amber with a thick beige head. Aroma of fermented sugars and dark malts. The bourbon barrel aging seemed to not have phased it. Still a tiny earthy hop character with sweet, syrupy sugars. And the alcohol had a lingering aspect. The sweet malts aided with the balancing.
Boutip (6374) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle: Poured an hazy deep amber/copper color ale with a medium size fomay head with good retention with some good lacing. Aroma of sweet barley malt with very subtle hints of toffee and bourbon. Taste is a mix between some sweet barley malt with some notes of toffee. Vanilla and bourbon notes are very difficult to notice. Full body with good carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Not as compelx as I would have liked it to be but very good nonetheless.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottling No. 12. Aged over 6 months. Pours a dark and lightly hazy crimson colored body. A foamy, beige colored head leaves thin arches of lace behind on the glass. Aromas include tons of stewed raisins, caramel, cherries, figs, and a warm bourbon-vanilla oak influence. Flavors follow suit, sweet from the caramel and stewed dark fruits, with a subtle bourbon and wood component. Earthy hop notes do well to balance things out, taming the sugary components and enhancing drinkability. The bourbon is not overpowering here, which is nice. Medium-full bodied and sugary up front, the mouthfeel finishes dry and warm from the big alcohol content. Overall, this is a very nice brew, but having consumed it just prior to a BA Old Numbskull, it cannot help but be outclassed. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass summons forth a creamy, dense, four-finger thick, nicely amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a deeply red stained, dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, red dyed, dark golden color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of washed out toasted malt, candied berries, faintly grassy hops are noticeable at first. At first blush the aroma seemed fairly bland, and very tame for a Barleywine. As the beer warms & opens up though some additional complexities start to come out, though it never gets the big aromatic presence one would expect from a Barleywine. Aromas of cherry liquor, some fruity brandy notes, a bit more herbal hops, and biscuit like malt add a little more interest to the nose.fiulijn (20497) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2008
Lightly sweet, with a viscous full mouthfeel that was almost a surprise coming off the week aroma. The beer has a light Bourbon Barrel influence that in addition to the usual notes of butterscotch, vanillin, warming alcohol and lightly spicy wood seems to play up an anise like flavor and some soft brandy notes (including a raisin and grape note). The Bourbon barrel is quite tame here, this is actually at a perfect level as it is just another component of this beer rather than a quite dominant one that many a Bourbon Barrel beer has. There is quite a bit of hop character here as well; nothing on the order of say a Bigfoot, but there is a nice herbal component, flavors of ripe pine needles, some candied citrus zest and a touch of menthol. The carbonation is a bit aggressive, but a quick swirl of my glass gets rid of the excessive fizziness and a touch of the pepper-like carbonic bite. I really like the fruity, sort of brandy like, perhaps cherry-cordial-esque note that this beer picks up; it is subtle, but quite pleasing.
I like that this is pretty easy drinking for a Barleywine (assuming you get rid of the excess carbonation) and the light barrel influence is a huge plus. Having said that the malt complexity is a bit lacking and the aroma is down right, even deceivingly so, weak (though it is decently complex as it warms up). While this started out slow, as I work my way through this 22oz bottle it really starts to come into its own; the flavor ends up really becoming quite well integrated, mellow (this can be a good thing even in a Barleywine), but distinct. A good beer, that is much more enjoyable than I was expecting.
<i>Tasting at Papsoe</i>revgum (1) - , Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2008 does not count
Hazy red-dark amber color; small creamy head. Creamy (milky) caramel aroma, nice. Strong caramel flavor, some chocolate malt, strong bitterness, roasted nuts character, some hop resins but less American-type hopping than usual, which makes of it an original one, at least, since it´s not the best. Strong ending bitterness.
medium body, slick feel, lively carbonation, mild bitterness on the finish
flavor is luscious, full of burnt toast, a fair bit of caramel sweetness in the tail end. some kind of citrusy fruit in there, balanced against a bitter finish
aroma is mildly floral, with a sweet and alcohol punch
deep ruby appearance, clear as day, with a dense creamy white head that falls fairly quick.. leaves spotty head goodness all along the glass
A very excellent beer!