after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
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 (1244) - Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
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 (1604) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2009
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 (8949) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2009
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. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2009
12oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Medium beige head atop clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, coconut, some vanilla/Bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet, vanilla/Bourbon, caramel, some coconut, light alcohol burn. Smooth medium-full body.
barleyPops (1183) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2009
2009 vintage picked up at Riley’s in Madison. pours a deep reddish mahogany with wisps of tan lace. aroma is sweet boozy goodness with some caramel and bourbon. flavor is a perfect match of a BW and a bourbon barrel - sweet caramel malts with raisin, vanilla, oak and bourbon. for the high ABV, this is not hot in the least. looking forward to see how this ages. CW has hit a home run with this brew! daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2009
dark brown pour. Aroma is sweet with tons of bourbon, syrup, brown sugar and toffee. Flavor is sweet and boozy with a lot of caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Nice. VERY nice. TheGuy (920) - Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle bought at discount liquors in Milwaukee 2009 vintage pours a dark copper withaverage size thick tan head aromas are of caramel malts cotton candy,bourbon,and hops but not to hoppy which is the way i like my barley wines hence the name barley wine not hop wine taste of sweet malted nector from the gods with a very nice bourbon presence very nice oakbluff (455) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 11, 2009
12 ounce bottle- 2009 vintage. Pours a ruby chestnut with good clarity and a one finger light brown head. Nose- ripe dark fruit, fig, big toasty malts, vanilla and sweet bourbon. Taste- very sweet blast of bourbon and caramel malts followed by raisins and spruce. Pretty boozy. Mouthfeel- low carbonation, thick and chewy from the huge malt bill. Drying finish from alcohol heat and reasonably high hopping. An interesting brew.
MrPickles (571) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 Bottle Mahogany pour with white head. Aroma is full of bourbon, raisins, vanilla, and toffee. Taste a boozy, but you get many of the sweet flavors too. Just starting to get into Barley Wines, but this one makes me want to try many more if they are anything like this!