jtclockwork (16602) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Growler at Downtown Inn tasting at RBWG. Pours amber brown. Nose and taste of toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak and sticky dark fruits. Full bodied. Ferris (15403) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Growler - Oak, brown sugar and caramel. Clearish copper with a think white head. Oak, raisins and mellow dark sugars. Very smooth and rich. Tmoney99 (14497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Draft. Poured a hazy reddish brown color with a moderate frothy tan head that lasted with good to excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex roasted malt, caramel, earthy hop and wood aroma. Medium to abundant body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy bourbon sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout better version beer.
Drake (13741) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #40. Growler shared by the brewers at the Friday Night Downtown Inn Bottle Share. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a thin head. Aroma of toffee, brown sugar, raisin, mild whiskey. The taste is oak, alcohol, brown sugar.Medium bodied, pretty hot. 200th barleywine! BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Growler. Pours clear tawny with a medium, frothy beige head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is cookie and caramel malt, alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dates, earthy and spicy hops. Flavor is sweet malt, dark fruits, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
Dogbrick (13026) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Sample at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy brownish-orange color with a thin off-white head that evaporates quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, caramel and bourbon. Full-bodied and syrupy with a boozy character and flavors of caramel malt, fruit and hops. The finish is sweet with a bourbon and charred malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall. deyholla (11606) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Growler on the RBWG 2014 bus. Pours a near clear deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has sweet gran, toffee and caramel note with hints of bitterness and bourbon. Flavor is sweeter with caramel, sweet grains and bourbon throughout. alexsdad06 (10436) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Draft at Fifty West via Blake. Pours a hazy caramel brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have big malt character, caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, wood and some fruits. First class local brew. I’m very excited. phaleslu (10274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Draft in a sampler at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy orange color with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma and flavor: vanilla, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, golden raisins, dates, toast, a little oak, and some warming bourbon late. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, malty, coating mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The barrel really complements this beer well. Nice sipper. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2014 On tap, thanks to Blake. Freshly tapped keg. Cloudy amber red orange color. thin khaki head, nice thicker lace. Awesome vanilla bourbon flavors, rich dark fruit. Smooth, creamy texture, bigger body, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Moderate to bigger bitterness, light sweet, light alcohol warmth. Excellent stuff. Very tasty. 9/4/8/5/17
Update rate, 9/6/14: At Fifty Fest this year, they had a version of this beer that had been aged 10 months, versus the 4 months the original version spent in barrels. I got a half pour in a plastic cup. Dark red color. Thin khaki head. Leaves decent bits of lace. Up front in the nose, some very nice whiskey barrel aroma. Toasty caramel malt, some chocolate, nuttiness, big oak, butterscotch. Great full, thicker body. Good full creaminess to the texture. Sort of slick finish, moderate sweet taste, bigger bitterness, and a nice cresting warmth in the finish. Light heat on the end, but no bite. Great longer barley wine / barrel aftertaste to savor, makes me want to keep sipping repeatedly. I prefer the centennial hoppiness of fresh 10+2, but this is still an awesome complex barrel-aged barley wine. 8/4/8/4/17 [original scores kept]