changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2011
2010 Bottle from goryshkewych. This pours a reddish-copper color with a thin off-white head. Not much head retention but a thin foam lasts around the edges and produces some spotty lacing. Toffee, plums, cherries, with bourbon slowly making it’s way into the aroma. Initially, if I wasn’t looking for the bourbon, I might have missed it. That gets stronger as it sits however. This is warm going down but with smooth flavors. Just a slight alcohol sting sneaks into the finish. The citrusy hops, at a young age, do provide some assertive bitterness. The bourbon seems to stand out a bit more within the flavors than initially picked up in aroma but still this is not a bourbon heavy beer. Damp wood, toffee, and caramel round out the flavors. This is a very good and enjoyable barleywine. But for some reason it just doesn’t quite seem world class to me. Very close. Perhaps just a touch of additional aging would do the trick. Drake (13738) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2011
12 ounce bottle. I THINK it’s from MrPickles. I know I’ve had it a while. In any case, thanks to whomever its from. 2010 Vintage. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a thin than head that fades quicky to nothing. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, wood, toffee. The taste is toffee, bourbon, big bitter hops, caramel, dried apricots, a faint bit of raisin, citrus and vanilla. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer, but could tone down the hops a bit. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Served from a 12 oz bottle via trade with klikger (BA). 2010 vintage. The appearance is a clear red-brown hue with a micro white head. The aromas are sweet fruity malts, cherries, bourbon, other fruits, a spicy edge. The flavors are sweet with fruity flavors on entry, then a strong well balanced bourbon note, the brew then finishes with a spicy oak. I wish I could place more of the fruit flavors that the barleywine and bourbon combo bring out. cherry for sure with some other stuff I just can’t identify. The mouth is full, definitely a touch hot that is a bit over powering at times. Reminds me of a tasty Manhattan. If this was allowed to mellow out a bit it would be dynamite! As of now too hot but still really tasty. drowland (8758) - Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2010
12/7/10. 2010 12oz bottle courtesy markwise. Big barleywine characteristics with nice sweet BA characteristics too. Nice! sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Tasted 12/02/10. Pours relatively clear but with a good amount of swirling and cloudy sediment. An amber ruby hue with a modest ring of tan head. The initial aromatics hit my as soon as I popped the cap. Sweet and tangy burnt sugary nuances. Toffee and slightly nutty. Wonderful nose with layers. Raisins, chocolate and dried cherries. Truly wonderful olfactory emanations! Full bodied and rich and sweet and very thick. Noticeable burn which stays with you all the way dowen the hatch. Rich and tangy and bitter with a finishing lingering burn. This is sticking to my insides! Coating and warming. Definitely a sipper, and quite a good one at that! A subtle hint of vanilla oaky wood mixed in with the apparent and welcomed boozy burn. Dark dried fruit and bittersweet chocolate. Subtle almond flavors mixed with maple and a trace dose of anise and pepper. What a great layered complexity. This is another ace from Central Waters!
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Thanks to bmanning for bringing this to a recent tasting.
Pours a dark brown with some crimson highlights. Not quite hazy and not quite opaque, but definitely not at all translucent. The smell is of bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. The taste is equally impressive, with an absolutely gorgeous bourbon character and flavor without adding too much alcohol heat. Also picked up a little bit of oak. Moderate to full body with the perfect level of carbonation for the style, and just a little bit of alcohol heat. This one was absolutely fantastic and was perhaps the best bourbon barleywine that I’ve had to date, rivaled only by Kuhnhenn’s version.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-27-2010 phaleslu (10267) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2010
12 oz. bottle from lushawn- thanks again, Shawn! 2009 vintage. Pours a cloudy plum-brown color with a very small beige ring. Aroma of caramel matls, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, oak, sweet cherries, dessert wine, and raisins. Flavor of caramel malts, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, bourbon, raisins, red grapes, sherry, fruitcake, plums, and graham crackers. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. Sweet and boozy, with nice barrel notes. I’ve been a bit burned out on barley wines lately, but this is a damn fine one and I’m glad I opened it. machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2010
This was a bottle from 2009. The aroma was sweet, malty with piney hop notes. The appearance was brown with a red tint and thick foamy head. The flavor was big and hoppy with malty background and sweet caramel notes. The palate was big and warm with alcohol. Overall an OK barleywine with a big presence. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2010
12oz bottle, 2009 edition, courtesy of lushawn. thanks, shawn! pours a beautiful, hazy, russet-brown with a thin, off-white head that lingers nicely and leaves light rings of lace. aroma is great with big, sweet toffee, caramel corn, and pine resins backed by smooth, subtle notes of oak, vanilla, and boozy bourbon with hints of orange peel and light cherry. flavor is outstanding with a beautiful balance of piney hops, citrus, and toffee malts with sweet vanilla, bourbon-soaked fruitcake, and oak with hints of tobacco, figs, and toast on the finish. palate is full bodied without being sticky, lightly carbonated, and has just the right amount of boozy kick. overall, a great BBBW. 13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2010
On tap at Pairings. Caramel color pour, tiny bit of white head. Heavy bourbon aroma with a hint of dark fruits. Intense boozy flavor that hits you immediately. A bitter bite to the flavor that lingers into the finish
Promising start from the aroma but it’s just too harsh to appreciate. I’m guessing this could be brilliant with some age on it.