CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2007
2005 vintage on tap at the brewpub on 10/12/07: Pours an oily nearly opaque dark mahogany with a thin ring of white head. Aroma of complex sweet dark caramel and oaky bourbon with a lot of raisins and brown sugar. Body starts very full, rich and sweet with nice dark fruity complexity toward a dense oaky whiskey finish. Nicely balanced and well-aged with a touch of oxidized complexity. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2016
this is liquid candy. Lots of sticky malts, molasses and sugar. Its ok, just not my style. BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2010
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nickd717 (4997) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Dark brown in color, clear with a thin head. Big sweet aroma oak barrel and whiskey aroma. This was very sweet bourbon flavored with a big alcohol finish. This would be a perfect after dinner drink.
Had a whole lot of this beer on draft as I was pouring for Bull & Bush at GABF. This was my favorite of their lineup there. The appearance is a thick medium nut brown color, and a large two-finger yellowish head sits on top of the beer. Amazing aroma of caramel, toffee, port wine, sweet cherries, oak, and whiskey. Really a heavenly smell, similar to Angel’s Share or something of the like. The flavor is a little over-the-top sweet, but other than that it’s amazing. Big-time caramel malts and sweet toffee, candied dates, sugar plums, and cherries, with a subtle and well-integrated whiskey barrel note. Very decadent. Thick and rich on the mouthfeel with average carbonation, full body, and a slick, oily texture. An excellent -bal aged barleywine. I really love this style, and this is a great example of it. SHIG (4965) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle: Poured murky brown bubble. Sticky caramel, bourbon and sweet. Sweet stick caramel, hidden alcohol and malty.
goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2007
GABF 2007: Poured a hazey deep brown color with a beige head. Fruity with milk chocolate make up the aroma. Bourbon and vanilla show up but blend so well. The flavor is full of fruit with some more notes of chocolate. Full bodied. This is smooth and warming but the alcohol takes a back seat. Yummy. koleminer20 (4171) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2017
From notes. Bottle shared with ebone1988, Gus, and Aaron at Gus’ Birthday V2. 500 mL bottle. The pour is a darker brown-ish ruby color with a thin ring of lighter tan head that lingers from top to bottom, not leaving any lace behind. The aroma is really good. The dark fruit complexity right off the bat really sets the tone. There is a heavy caramel and molasses sweetness to go with it, and a light alcohol and touch of spicy whiskey barrel. The light vanilla comes through, and the balance on this is awesome. The flavor is even better. The fruits and molasses really start off with a bang, letting the sweet caramel come in with the spicy whiskey barrel and a hint of vanilla just follows it up. Amazing. The mouth feel is a little light and oily with a softer carbonation and a lingeringly sweet molasses and whiskey finish. I like this one, a lot! TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Pours an opaque muddled brown with an yellow tinted off-white head. Nose is a bit extreme: big fusel alcohol, bourbon, sweetness. Flavor is very sweet and boozy. Thick, thick palate but I really didn’t want to drink much of this. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
sampled on tap at the 5th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. my notes are short on this but flavor has lots of caramel, toffee, too sweet, hints of bourbon, and warming alcohol. tasty stuff. dnstone (3681) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Fresh wood barrel, syrup/walnut aroma. An apple-cideresque hazy brown. A nice warming whiskey barrell syrupy walnut flavor.