guil0000 (433) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 23, 2015
Pours a caramel brown color with little to no head. Nose of bourbon, caramel, toffee, dark fruit and vanilla. Somewhat sweet taste at first with a strong alcool finish. Medium to full body. knickskicks (1168) - - JUL 18, 2015
Brown pour. Nose is caramel, booze, wood. Taste is booze, wood, caramel, ash. erickok (6036) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2015
Black body, not typical barley wine. And indeed more roasted, more like an imperial porter. Very nice though. Well aged and lots of bourbon sweetness, but it matches the beer. Excellent brew. Quite classic in appeal (that’s positive here). (Bottle traded with Papou) SrSilliGose (3324) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
bottle thank you to glouglouburp for this "complex aroma of fruit, alcohol and hops" beer. 2009 on the ribbon and properly stored in kitchen cupboard till 2015. aroma of big sweet boozy rum cake, figs, dates. bit of dimetap. alcohol soaked date/fig/over ripened plum fruit with a licorice and cough syrup pete. mellowed out. not overly sweet. only big gripe is the cough syrup presence, otherwise warming and somewhat drinkable. cargo150 (1289) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
Couleur brune foncee au reflets rougeatres avec un mince col assez résistant. Aromes assez complexes d’épices de caramel de fruits rouges, d’alcool, de bois et de terre. Complexes mais un vin d’orge un peu irratable au bout du compte. Rspectable tout de meme!
rejtable (2888) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle says bourbon aged, but can’t find any entry for that. 2014 version. Pours murky brown with limited head and lacing. Nose is sweet syrups and cereal. Flavours dark fruit, syrup, leather. Taste med/big sweet m d/big bitter.noily and sticky mouth with lively biddy and big alcohol burn. Tmoney99 (15126) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toasted malt, vanilla alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, vanilla sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer. DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2015
341ml bottle, thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Has a gold sticker on the neck reading "Reserve Speciale 2009 Vielle en fut de chene". Hazy brown color. Thin bubbly khaki head, a few bits of lace. A touch of bourbon in the nose, chocolate, tasty caramel. Vanilla and big oak in the flavor. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Doesn’t taste very oxidized for a 2009 beer, that’s impressive... If it is, the flavors of age work well with this beer. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation, good full feel. Kind of slick in the mouthfeel then drying a bit in the finish. Good long oaky and malty aftertaste. Impressive how this manages to be not too sweet, with a nice complex nutty chocolatey rich malt still. A great oak-aged barleywine. Would be very interested to try this fresh.. alexsdad06 (11224) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2015
11.2 oz bottle shared with the group. Pours a clear dark caramel brown color with a small off white head/film. The aroma has sweet caramel malts, oak, bourbon notes whether it was there or not, dark fruits, prunes, oxidation. The flavor is very smooth, sweet caramel, maple syrup, oak, bourbon, dark fruits, some alcohol, good sipper. Stoned99 (1703) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle from local IGA. Thanks Jo. Aroma: caramel, bourbon, sugar. App: dark brown with small tan head. Smooth, medium sweetness, finish is alcohol. Overall: wow. What a nice finish on the bourbon! Really enjoyed it. The bourbon barrel aged really adds a lot to this beer.