jgb9348 (6257) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Beer #4 of my 5000 Beer Celebration (Barley Wine):
Deep dark brown and copper coloured body with a ruby and rose glow and a thinnish, nicely laced tan head. Aroma of cedar, oak, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, rye, grain, peat, apricots and somehow even more alcohol. Full-bodied; Assertive effervescence; Strong oak and cedar flavour at first with a large alcohol warmth and a big hit of pear, apple, apricot and fig sweetness with a big hit of rye and grain finishing strong and pungent. Aftertaste shows a lot of the alcohol warmth with whiskey and grain flavours throughout along with plenty of sweetness to finish it out. Overall, a nicely layered barley wine with a lot of cedar and oak components with some vanilla and sweetness right behind, all with the expected boozy and alcohol kick that lasts for a while. I typically don’t drink ’fresh’ barley wines, but I went out of my way to drink this new, and I will try to find another bottle of this and keep it for at least five years - it still needs aging, as this is rough around the edges, but shows character and promise for sure. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Chantilly, Virginia on 31-January-2015 for US$3,49 sampled just three and a half months later on 16-May-2015. katrinaez (2019) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2015
Amber coloring. Ale and barrel flavor is heavy and good. Not over powering. High hitting abv. Tap deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a hazy amber orange with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a big bourbon note with some vanilla, sweet grains and a hint of caramel. Flavor is big in bourbon and vanilla as well with caramel and a growing sweet grain note. Duchammer (186) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle poured black with a tan head. Aroma had nice aged bourbon with nice milk chocolate little to no roast. This beer was silk smooth with nice intertwined notes of bourbon and chocolate. Awesome beer! Bricks (1126) - Delaware, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Appearance nothing special... hazy muddy brown. Aroma of barrel, malt, dark fruit. Taste is like malt, vanilla, bourbon.
horto008 (186) - Alabama, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Outstanding barleywine style beer. it had the ABV, the sweetness, the bourbon, but it also had a champagne quality that balanced the often overwhelming sweetness of the style. one of the most balanced barleywines i’ve ever tasted. ganache (5903) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottled 01/15/15. Nose is very sweet and oaky, tons of vanilla seeping up with strong and presumably sticky caramel, spice; they’re right to name it after the dominant wood character. Heavy spirits (Bourbon, very slight Port). Pours cloudy amber with firm carbonation and a dense, foamy beige head. Taste is sweet and hot very fiery alcohol, very heavy body with medium bitterness and extremely heavy spice and oak; strong vanilla, caramel, sugar, with just a wisp of smoke. Toffee and sticky lips. Man, that Bourbon essence is strong and warming, dominates all it surveys, but at least the strong malt base resists buckling under the weight, and there’s enough fresh (citric) hop character to add balance from that part of the spectrum (oils are a nice counterbalance to the alcohol, as well). It’s an extreme and unchecked barrel-bomb, to be sure, but a superlative sipper for Bourbon and cigar fans. hfmejias (1283) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2015
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured brown with a tan head. Aroma of bourbon, malts and caramel. Some fruit notes, malts and certainly lots of bourbon/wood notes. Very good beer. djd07 (14517) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle on the RBWG bus. Pours a clear copper with beige head. The aroma is caramel and vanilla. Thin mouth with sweet vanilla, toffee, caramel with a boozy finish. radio_nowhere (1472) - Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2015 Draft at Il Forno in Frederick, MD. Served in a classic pils glass (!?), hazy tannish dark brown color with thin tan head. Aroma notes of heavy malt sweetness, dark fruit, caramel, oak, vanilla, light chocolate and bourbon. Taste adds notes of toffee, molasses, apple, dried fruits, smoke and earthy hops. Heavy body, low carbonation, creamy, rich with sweet caramel-like finish. Not boozy at all, heavy bourbon and sweet malt notes. Pretty tasty.