ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2017 changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2013 Grabbed a bottle of this while in Tulsa on business. Bottle # 533/1534. The pour is a murky brown color with a thin fluffy tan head developing on top. Some spotty lacing slides along the glass after each sip. The oak is strong in the scent with noticeable caramel and fruity notes of plum and funky cherry. There’s definitely some fruity tartness to the flavor as well with some funky yeast notes. The malts are sweet but also a bit toasty here too. It’s a bit prickly on the palate with some grapey vinous notes helping that along. Surprisingly, the oak is much more subtle in the flavor than it is in the aroma. In short, a slightly funky and tart beer with a Barleywine base. Somewhat odd at times but a good, fun beer.
750mL bottle shared by Airforcehops on 5/20/17.AirForceHops (7538) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Cherry-peach-amber body shows great clarity and a beige head atop that is medium-sized and fairly well-retained, to-style.
Fruity esters emerge, showing a graceful age on them that cuts out any sharpness or aggressivity. Cherry, vanilla, light peach and warm caramel-toffee notes all grace the nose, as sugars intensify on the finish which is dotted by light, peppery alcohol notes that seem appropriate for the style. Bourbon isn’t overdone, showing only light toasted character with a touch of pineapple and coconut. If souring bacteria and yeast were introduced, it doesn’t show through here other than a strong fruitiness that could easily be malt and Sacch-derived.
Soft, rich, malty texture with low but fairly engaging carbonation and lightly toasted oak character. Sweet, though not cloying, with orange peel, black pepper, cherry and long vanilla notes lingering on to the finish which itself shows moderate oak and warming alcohol and further yeast-derived spice. Rich, intense, malty and sweet; yep, it’s a bourbon barrel barleywine alright. But importantly it’s quite well-done, with no syrup or booze and generally well-polished characteristics all around.
Properly cellared 750 ml bottle. 2015 vintage. Bottle 1324 of 1524. Dark murky brown color. Aroma is oak, toffee, molasses. Can find the bourbon. The flavor also has lots of oak over caramel malt and moderately strong toffee. It’s full bodied with an oak and sweet finish. All oak without much bourbon but still pretty respectable.
johnnnniee (4374) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Bottle shared by Chris, thanks.
Deep copper color with a thin white head. Dark sweet caramel and light fruit. Sticky sweet mouthfeel. Pretty good beer. Chalumeaux (1614) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Poured from bottle thanks AirforceHops amber with a tan head nice lacing. Aromas of caramel dark fruit toffee and alcohol. Taste is brown sugar caramel toffee fruit and a nice alcohol finish. jandd1983 (4442) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2017
Bottle. It poured a hazy, red / brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of malts, caramel, coffee and some fruits. The taste was similar to the aroma with more malts, caramel, coffee, dark fruits and oak. Nice aftertaste. Decent.
ads135 (4844) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Pretty good barleywine. Bourbon barrel aging lends it a vanilla, okay flavor. Nice plum and chocolate character. djd07 (15275) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle thanks to Rick, pours a brown with paperthin white head thjat diminishes to nothing. Aroma is raisin malt and caramel. Thin mouthfeel with light brown sugar, rich chocolate and caramel. Very nice.
jbruner (5006) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle 0002 of 1524. Pours a hazy copper with thin tan head that leaves light lace. Aroma is big sweet malts over hint of funk and woody must. Taste is like a nice barley wine with a touch of sweet and sour. Interesting, might develop more in the bottle, but to me is mostly barley wine right now. TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Pours a brown color with off-white head. Dark fruits, oak wood, and some spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a tartness that is unique to this barleywine, usually they finish sweet. Ferris (16071) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
Draft - Vintage 2012 - Vinous, plums, caramel and barrel notes. Tons of barrel notes, plum and dark fruit. Very little of the richness I expected.