BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
2010 bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Pours with a fading off-white head over a hazy maple colored body. Aroma of alcohol, barrel, spicy, wood, vanilla and caramel. Taste is a ton of alcohol. Quite boozy. Raisin, vanilla, barrel and tannic. This one should age for a couple of years. Really hot, creamy carbonation and the impression of being decently attenuated by the barrel tannins. Pretty tasty. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle. Labeled as Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine,
Pours a murky reddish-brown with a white head. The aroma is bourbon, caramel, brown sugar and chocolate. The flavor is chocolate, oak, bourbon, brown sugar, alcohol and molasses. Low carbonation and medium mouthfeel. An excellent barleywine that is enhanced by the bourbon-barrel aging. arminjewell (9688) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Pours deep red with thin non-lasting white head, aroma is big bourbon mixing with some sweet malt and some floral hops. Taste up front is a bit of floral hops leading into the bourbon taste, mixing well with the vanilla, oak, and caramel notes that end with some nice sweet hints of chocolate and more bourbon. Excellent barleywine, first BBL aged version I’ve had and it works exceedingly well. 17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2010 ( my 100th Wisco rate!) 12oz bottle that I completely forgot about. 2008 Vintage. I feel slightly bad for opening this rarity all by myself when I feel like it should be shared with some other raters... but my cellar is out of stuff to rate! Pours a slightly murky reddish brown with a dense thin creamy white froth. Aroma of oxidized hops but not in a terrible way, sweet cotton candy, ambrosia, strong coconut and faint bourbon, nice. Flavor is strong well melded coconut and bourbon, wow, this is surprisingly awesome and I think I opened this at the right time, after the bourbon and coconut, aged piney hops, touch resinous, begins to thin out a bit with some typical nutty cherry aged malt notes, rich caramel and cotton candy, medium bitterness and medium strong sweetness, lightly warming from the alcohol, thins out the more I drink and as I get used to the bourbon and barrel, which is unfortunate because it was the best in the first couple sips. Medium bodied, fluffy, sugary, light carbonation, thins out the more I drink. Pretty damn good. Take a second to let my palate rest, ahhh there’s that coconut and bourbon again... hops are salty this time like in Bigfoot... man I want Bourbon Barrel aged Bigfoot now... P.S. I love that the fill-lines are so different in that pic haha kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark amber to copper body with a small fizzy beige head that faded to a thin ring. The nose is quite thick and rich with a hefty amount of bourbon, deep toffee, caramel, and some light barrel notes of vanilla and charred wood. The flavor is a nice mix of bourbon influence and a really tasty sweet and rich Barley Wine. Really wonderful vanilla and smooth bourbon up front that fades to a warming but not overly hot alcohol note. Full and thick without any stickiness or clingy feelings. Perfect soft pinpoint carbonation. A very nice beer, much better than the reguay version.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Bottle shared by Corey. Thanks Corey! Pours opaque dark brown with tan head. Aroma is butterscotch, sherry oxidation, and sweet caramel. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and has a nice sherry like finish to it. I prefer these types of brews. This one is right up my alley and its tasty. Yum! Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Courtesy of my buddy Mike from BA, with a bottle labeled Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine. Reddish brown in the glass, with the slightest of mocha colored head that quickly bailed. Taste is rich and sweet. Nice strong spiciness and richness. Lots of alcohol, and a heavy brew. Don’t try drinking too much of this one. Really good. pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Bottle courtesy of furley from TBS....thanks! Not sure what year it’s from. Pours a deep mahogany/red, nearly opaque. Not much carbonation (there was also an 06 Sprecher BW in this package, so this one might be a few years old). Smell is definite bourbon barrel....tons of vanilla notes. Hardcore vanilla in the taste as well....very very sweet. Very well done though....smooth and creamy going down, nice and sweet. Wish I had a few more bottles of this. IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2010
2009 bottle. Pour is deep golden/amber with little head. Aroma is very malty and sweet with caramel and a light roast. Flavor is again very malty and on the sweeter side. Brew is well balanced. Shakesbeere (219) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
12 oz. bottle. 2009 brew labeled as Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine. Aroma of malt, bourbon oak, caramel, and vanilla. An oaky flavor with sweet malt, brown sugar, chestnut, earthy hops, and fig. Mouth feels sticky and heavy. Finishes with bourbon oak taste with a hint of vanilla.