bigda83 (854) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle to snifter. Pours a deep brown with a red tint. Minimal head that faded quickly. Aroma of bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, dark cherries, and some vanilla. Taste was a little sweet, but not in a bad way. Reminded me of chocolate covered cherries dipped in a nice bourbon. This is a sipper and you can feel the 13% creep up on you. Very tasty. stevoj (4956) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 25, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2016 Double whammy! This followed the FW Stickee Monkee. Alcohol burn apparent, but not overpowering. Pure barley essence, aroma and taste. A real gem.2014, 2015 & 2016 versions rated. Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Wow. Smells of bourbon, warming alcohol finish, dark fruit flavors, some oak notes, chocolate, slightly bitter. A lot going on here. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2014
On draft at High Street. Nice full aromas and tastes of Earth, woog, vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate and coconut. The blend was perfect and really poped once it warmed. mathieuc (3942) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
2013. Pours a deep amber with a small beige head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of coconut, bourbon, oak, vanilla and caramel. Taste is of coconut, chocolate and bourbon, really nice. Incredibly oaky. It is hot but I like it like that. Body is full, carbonation kind of low and mouthfeel velvety. Alcohol dries the mouth quite hard. World class it is for sure!
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - OCT 14, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-10-14-
Poured from bottle (2013) into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a super deep copper color with thick tow finger of tan colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite a caramel and toffee smell mixed with a ton of fruit aromas ranging from darker stone fruits to lighter fruits. Apple, cherry, raisin, are the strongest with hints of other fruits within. A good deal of oak and lot of bourbon booziness are there as well creating a very warming smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins big caramel and butterscotch flavor. A big bready and doughy flavor is there as well. A bourdon and vanilla flavor begin working their way onto the tongue along with the caramel and toffee transitions to a molasses and brown sugar flavor. A ton of oaky bourbon booziness hits the tongue toward the middle to the end of the taste with some dark fruit flavors starting to be sensed as well. The booziness gets a bit hot at the very end and is combine with a bit of a herbal and earthy hop flavor to leave a very warming and sweet flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are quite appropriate for the style and match the huge sweet and boozy of the flavors rather well, making for a rather slow sipper.
Overall – A bit on the boozy and oaky side with a ton of sweetness. A rather robust Barley wine. Not one I would likely frequent frequently, but a nice on to try none the less.
kevinator (2176) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Well done. Aroma of oak, molasses and bourbon. Dark brown color with a thin head. Smooth brandy-like palate with light carbonation. A blend of strong flavors from caramel to vanilla to burn sugar with sweet finish and bourbon burn. VastActiv (6938) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2014 Bottle 0.65l at home, Helsinki. 2014 vintage - BB 10.04.2019. Thanks to tiong! Colour is dark brown with very small head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, dry fruits, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, some wood, hops and malts. Excellent. FestDecBeet (412) - - DEC 25, 2014
Look: pours a dark red. Very cloudy. Tan head.
Smell: very sweet. Candy.
Taste: very sweet. Candy caramel.
Feel: very thick. Nice dryness.
Overall: great beer. Love it.
First drank: 12/25/14 mom and dads. Cuso (8614) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 14, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2015 Bottle, kindly shared by Saeglopur, many thanks. Dark chestnut brown color with medium off-white head. Nice aroma of dark malt, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits. Sweet taste with caramel, malt, red fruits, vanilla, bourbon, raisins, coconut. Long alcoholic finish. Tasty.