HeadyDE (843) - Delaware, USA - FEB 25, 2016
2014 draft on tap at 2SP Barleywine Event..pours a crimson red color..however hard to tell with bad light..nose is complex with vanilla, oak, toffee as billed, not getting any chocolate though..smokey bourbon mash really comes through with a deeper whiff..taste is really layered which is what I appreciate in offerings such as this..malty toffee, sweetness and bourbon heat shine through on the mouthfeel..the high abv is well hidden at first but then bam that bourbon heat and warmth provides a punch at the end..don’t really enjoy barleywines that much but after having this all other barleywines don’t reallly compare to the bourbon goodness present here..not much in terms of head or carbonation but to be expected from the style..quite enjoyable alliance100 (1152) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle - loads of vanilla and oak aromas . Toffee , vanilla , oak and dried fruits are the dominate flavors . Excellent ale !
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone wrlangin (224) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2016
Draft at Holsteins in Las Vegas. Pretty good, but did not "wow" me. Almost no head and strong boozy overtones. Barley wine was pretty good, but barrel aging overpowered the underlying flavor.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2015
2015 bottle. Pours ruby colored with no head. Nose is dark fruit, coconut, bourbon. Taste adds caramel and toffee. Boozy. elbernays (1509) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle shared from Blackrock cellar. Pours strong tea brown. Butterscotch, wethers original, oak, wood, toffee, molasses, sugar, whiskey and tea. Flavour is butterscotch, rum, tannin, grainy brown sugar. Smooth mouthfeel, liquid sugar. Abv is managed well. Oh to have more.
mariuspoenari (2692) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2016 2015 vintage, 13.3% ABV.
Very dark ruby-brown pour with a modest head that gives way to a thin tan head. Smells of bourbon, caramel and a bit of barrel sourness., followed by more delicate notes of chocolate, raisins and cocoa, and some macerated cherries too - very complex smell. The taste is dominated by bourbon and caramel and well balanced by hop bitterness. The alcohol is quite present in the taste, but in a pleasant way. Hot aftertaste due to the alcohol. Soft mouthfeel, medium body. It would have been a bit better if it were thicker. Klimaet (2594) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2015
Bottle shared at pre-CBC 2015 tasting by Valgreen. Rated from memory... lol. Pours dark reddish brown with a medium offwhite head. Aroma has lots of vanilla, dark dried fruits, lots of dates, raisins, bourbon, caramel, fudge. Taste is fruity, bourbon, vanilla, malty, caramel, chocolate. mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - DEC 5, 2015
2014 bottle poured into a snifter..chestnut hue with a thin beige head..aroma
of bourbon,toffee,caramel,wood,dark fruits..tastes of bourbon,toffee,leather,
wood,raisins,vanilla..big and boozy..not as good as i expected but still very good..will have to crack open my ’15 for comparison. tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Pretty damn nice. Similar to Bourbon County Barleywine. Nice mellow flavors, caramel, toasted coconut, milk chocolate... Good shit.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Countbeer (6592) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2015
Bomber: 2014 Vintage: Served in a taster:
Thin creamy layer of foam. Deep dark clear amber colored body.
Aroma is beautiful! Bourbon, caramel, fudge, raisin, vinous, some brown sugars, prunes, pudding, butterscotch, cookies, thick and rich! Beautiful!
Flavour has lots of wood and malt tones with caramel, fudge, bourbon, butterscotch, light nutty and alcoholic spice/cough syrup! Delicious!
Aftertaste is bitter, wood, light dry, bourbon, caramel and fudge...
Low carbo, creamy close to silky (light spicy) mouthfeel, full body.