machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
ncmussell (2) - USA - SEP 29, 2010 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First actual beer rating so don’t have the lexicon down but this was very tasty. Poured a nice dark amber color. Not much head but the server may have poured some off. Great nose with the bourbon integrated well on the nose. Taste was outstanding. Definitely could taste the bourbon barrel aging on this but thought the malt and barrel aging had really integrated well. Had this a couple times from the bottle a couple months ago and I thought it was somewhat disjointed. On tap it was so much better. The bourbon added some nice sweetness to it. To me this almost tasted and smelled like the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout but in a barleywine.
HonusWagner (2155) - Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy barley wine with a ton of bourbon, a littletoo much to be perfectly drinkable. Good beer.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle (2009) from beernbourbon. Pours deep dark mahogany/brown with a thick creamy off white head that lingers a very long time. Aroma of toffee, oaky bourbon, vanilla and alcohol. Very sweet caramel and toffee with some vanilla oak and light boozy bourbon. Full body with mild carbonation and a sugary sweet mouth feel. After seeing and smelling this one I was very excited, but the sweetness detracts a bit in the flavor and definitely in the palate. Still very good.
callmemickey (4526) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Clear, muddy red-brown body. Egg-shell colored head. Slight retention with real spotty lacing.
S: Lots of caramel, warm, toasty malts cap a delicate bourbon notes of vanilla and oak. Only slightly boozy which is a plus. Real enticing.
T: Simply outstanding. Lots of caramel malts with the same delicate bourbon presence from the nose. More vanilla than oak. The more I tasted this the more I was getting a rich alcohol-baked cake taste. Sweet without being overbearing. A real winner.
M: Nice hearty body with a silky feel. Low-medium carbonation. Well hidden booze.
O: I am absolutely pumped that I managed to snag 8 bottles of these. Will drink one or two more this year with the rest to age a range of years. I really can’t imagine a much better american barleywine... Kudos to Central Waters.
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a medium brown with no head. Aroma is sweet boozy caramel. Taste is boozy alcohol, with sweet malts. Pretty good. Palate is good with medium body. Good warming ability. Overall a really good beer
Beerman6686 (6587) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a darker amber to mahogeny color with a medium beige head. Aroma was lots of bourbon and some caramel and coffee. Flavor was a nice smooth barrel and bourbon character, with a good bit of toffe and caramel barleywine taste underneath. Pretty good beer, but the high amountof heat and booziness keeps it from being great.
Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
’09 and ’10 side by side.
09 - dark brown pour with a bit of garnet edges. Aroma is caramel stickiness, barrel wood, booze, toffee sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slippery, mellow booziness melds well with the woodiness, caramel and toffee sweetness mingle with creamy vanilla bourbon notes. Delicious.
-10 - The major difference here was the hotness, unsurprisingly. booziness masks some of the vanilla and caramel. Let this sit for a year.