anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2017
Draft @ Monks Kettle, San Francisco, CA. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody whiskey caramel toffee vanilla aroma. Fruity malty woody vanilla whiskey toffee flavor. Has a fruity malty woody whiskey caramel and vanilla finish. Melnis (527) - LATVIA - FEB 26, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2017 Nu pirmais ir tas ka gradu sit cauri jau aromaa. Bruuni sarkans, bez putas un jau izskataas pec bliezeeja. Izteikta muca un kjirsis. Garshaa boziigs, un pat kodiigs, pat peec dzertiem BA. Bija daudz ko izveleties virs 4.0 kaa pedejo un shi nebija obv labaka izvele, vispar 3.8 gribejas, biju daasns pret to kaadas puules iegulditas sim alum :) monk191 (2023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2016
An amazing brown ale. Pours an absolutely beautiful deep cloudy red with a white head. Smells of bourbon, vanilla, caramel and more booze. Taste is super thick and very boozy, with lots of vanilla and caramel, more booze in the finish, and creme brûlée in the aftertaste. Had on tap at Green Dragon. Dogbrick (13547) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2016
On draught at Brouwer’s Cafe during "6 Degrees of Inebriation" on 04/09/2016. Dark brownish-amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Sticky small patches of lacing. Aroma of bourbon, malt and dark fruit. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky whiskey, roast malt, dark fruit and hops. The finish is oaky with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Good beer all around. ACHops (1616) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2016
On tap @ Brouwer’s. Pours almost opaque brownish red with thick off-white head that fades quickly. Aroma is huge, rippling waves of bourbon; syrupy sweetness, oak, leather; earthy and dry on the back. Taste is rich, toasty caramel malt; dry and oaky, light smoke mid-palate, sweet vanilla and molasses on the back. Listed as an imperial brown here, which is deceptive. This is straight barleywine, and a boozy one at that. The amount of bourbon flavor from the barrels is simply amazing, if anything makes the 13.8% abv listed seem conservative. Quite a beer.
neepsntatties (2028) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2015
On tap at the 2015 Portland Holiday Ale Fest. Colour...deep amber with just a titch of cloudiness and no head. Nose...massive oak, vanillin and of course, Bourbon. There’s also chocolate creme and toffee chips. Palate...am I drinking a straight Bourbon?! Holy cats! The Bourbon itself heavily present as is the oak. The 13.8% shows its muscle all across the palate and it doesn’t let up at all! Whereas this seems rather o w dimensional, it’s a dimension that I REALLY enjoy! JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2015
On draft at Stone. Dark orange pour, slightly hazy, with a small off white head. Strong barrel character. Bourbon, toffee, caramel, dried fruit, raisin, oak, strong whiskey, and notes of chocolate. Full bodied, a bit chewy, and a really tasty sipper. No shortage of whiskey barrel here. rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2015
Draught at Stone Escondido, California. Hazy orange/brown beer with a nice small but lasting offwhite/beige head. Fruity caramel aroma, raisins, woody whiskey notes, candy, figs, safe notes, licorice, some banana, milk chocolate, some grapes. Malty woody whiskey flavor, caramel, raisins, milk chocolate, grapes, some warming alcohol. Full bodied and very nice with lots of wood showing. Bacterial (3040) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Taster pour at Sam Fest Barleywine Festival (2015). This was the top vote at the festival. Sweet bourbon nose. Slight white head. Clear dark amber pour. Boozy but somehow drinkable. Caramel, toffee and bourbon. This version is much more mellow than the regular BA Bravo that I have had previously at Barrelworks. So yummy.