bierkoning (13061) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle, labeled as Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, from NickD717. Thanks! Dark brown color. Malt, oak, bourbon and a hint of dried fruit in the aroma. Malty sweet, oaky flavor with bourbon, orange liqour, earthy hops and dried figs. Well balanced yet very powerful. Yum!!
nickd717 (4560) - Sofia, BULGARIA - JAN 9, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle labeled as Bourbon Barrel Barleywine. Pours a mostly clear dark brown color with reddish hues and a small off-white head. Great aroma with bourbon, oak, vanilla, and caramel. Flavor is similarly awesome, very bourbony but not too much som with caramel and toffee, raisin and prune, brown sugar, vanilla, and oak. Medium-bodied and smooth on the palate, not too boozy. This one really kicks ass overall. Phenomenal BBBW, up there with Perfect Storm.
Ungstrup (36498) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a lazing off-white head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, caramel, and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, alchol, malt, and bourbon. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Deep dirty caramel, thick, hazy, head is off-white, moderate, foamy, with clingy lacing.   That nose is so delicious, sweet malty goodness, Bourbon, Vanilla, and hints of caramel and brown sugar. &bnsp Fiery on the tongue, big Bourbon.   When they said this is barrel aged, they weren’t kidding. &bnsp Huge Bourbon and Vanilla flavors on the backside.   Full bodied, good mouthfeel, a little sticky and heavy.   Finishes with lingering Bourbon and Vanilla.   This was solid... great stuff!   Wish I had more to put down for a bit.   Thanks Bob for the bottle!
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep copper with thin head.
Nose is heavy with bourbon, toffee, and caramel.
Taste is fruity, raisin, peach, bourbon, toffee, caramel, lots of alcohol heat and sweetness.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks bvc! Stinging aroma but I go back for more. Deep wood, floral and velvet. Tawny caramel, thin. Great wood on the palate, strong toasted hazelnut, classy.
after4ever (7945) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. pours a slightly hazy ebony with caramel at the edges. no head or lace. big bourbon, wood, roast, and vanilla nose. creamy, somewhat sticky thick body. nuts, cola, earth, tobacco, and heaping helpings of bourbon and wood on the mid palate. some tannic bite. long oaky bourbon finish.
bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle labled ’2009 Bourbon Barrel Barleywine’ from Ughsmash. Sticky sweet bun rolls, vanilla, prune...really bready and sweet. Brown sugar, raisins, prunes, tons wood...that has a toasted/charred taste. Also showing some oxidation already with a bit of tobacco-port as well. Super sweet and big...up my alley. Thanks Jason for this one.
beernbourbon (1587) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle for rating #300. Pour is dark reddish brown with a medium tan head. aroma is rich toffee malt, vanilla, caramel, light bourbon, very faint hop, and a pleasing subtle coconut flavor. My goodness, this smells amazing. Flavor is rich toffee, slightly more hop presence than expected, nice vanilla bourbon flavor, rich creamy malt, light wood, and light butterscotch. This is a sleeper. I did not expect it to b bad, but I did not think it would be this good. The aroma is slightly better than the flavor, but it’s great.
nimbleprop (8082) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the DC Local tasting. Bottle number 71193. Pours a translucent copper, amber with a cloudy tan head. Nose has coconut, tropical fruits, a little bourbon, a little wood. Flavor is sweet, caramel, sticky fruits, wood, vanilla, lots and lots of sweetness. Very full bodied, slightly astringent, slightly salty.