anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle. Rating #5400. Pours a brownish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a smooth malty caramel and dark fruit aroma with some woody hints. Sweetish malty woody vanilla flavor with hints of caramel and dark fruit. Has a sweetish smooth woody vanilla finish with hints of caramel in the aftertaste. Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - AUG 19, 2010
FINALLY. One of my personal whales for as long as Ive been on this site.
Pours deep mahogany with twinges of red on the edges. Only a tiny bit of offwhite head shows its face. Aroma is Huge sweet caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, large amounts of woodiness, some slight booziness, vanilla, a touch of maple and a flutter of apricot fruit. Flavor doesnt dissapoint either, a small mouthfull reveals a deeply complex weave of caramel, toffee, lots of oak, bourbon, light fruitiness, cracker, a flutter of breadiness. Rich and Decadent. Interesting and unique barleywine with intensity of flavor and brightness after quite a while in the bottle. Cheers Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2010
Bottle, thanks to Sleestack at the RBSG Grand Tasting 2010. Pours clear brown/amber, no head, no lacing. Nose is amaretto, sweet walnuts, man I’ve never had anyting smell quite like this! OR hell, I’ve never really had much that smelled ANYTHING like this! Flavours are bitter walnuts, honey, oak, bourbon, flecks of cinnamon and ginger towards the finish. Rich & Awesome! beastiefan2k (4082) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2010
22oz bottle, with stupid wax. The beer is headless unless I agitate my glass but that fades quickly as well. Color of the beer is a very reddish dark copper with little clarity. Aroma is STRONG, sticky malts with alcoholic sticky bourbon but not "hot." Its a bit burnt and light autolysis. Sweet with light chewy chocolate. Flavor is similar, not as heavy as I thought it would be. Yet the booze, autolysis, and heat are a bit much but still drinkable. Its not bad but not my type of beer. alexsdad06 (10809) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Sample from 22 ounce bottle shared by Sleestak @ RBSG. Thanks! Pours a clear copper color (although mahogany may be a better description) with a small off-white head with decent retention. The aroma of toffee, caramel, oak and a well integrated bourbon that only enhances everything else. The flavor is toffee, caramel, some fruits including citrus, vanilla, and the right amount of bourbon. Medium bodied with good balance. This was my second time trying this and I am just as impressed now.
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2011 22 ounce bottle courtesy of Brewengineer. Thanks! Sampled at the 11th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 4/17/10. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a thin white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of oak, toffee, caramel, and a bourbon that makes itself known but doesn’t overwhelm like many do. The taste is toffee, caramel, fairly bitter citrus hops, vanilla, maple, bourbon. Medium bodied. Well balanced. Tasty as all hell. This is a damn good beer. I could drink this all day. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Dark brown thick pour with a small head. Aroma is pretty big. Lots of sugary sweetness, caramel and molasses, very malty. Flavor is very similar. Overall a bit sweet, nice creamy body with vanilla and a touch of wood. Smooth and drinkable. Nickls (2607) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
(Old BA rate - bottle - huge thanks to egajdzis for the generous share)
Poured with a slightly off-white head; slightly clear darkish brown color. Bourbon; wood; maybe oak?; bit of booziness; dark sweet maltiness. Marshmallows; burnt sugar; bit of a hop shot; warming alcohol Creamy and thick; nice pop of carbonation; really great. Awesome drinking, lots of breadth of flavors and heft of the brew. Overall, this was one damn interesting brew, and I consider myself very lucky for having tried it thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2010
(22oz bomber huge thanks to Walt! My rating #1500) clear deep brown that’s rich in color. Light tan bubbles. Nose of rich caramel, vanilla, graham cracker, alcohol and barrel. Taste of vanilla, caramel, cracker, bourbon, very sweet. A complex beer in both nose and taste. I continue to use the words rich, opulent because this beer lived up to the hype and has to much going on with tons of flavor. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth, slightly undercarbonated, but works, and a very long duration. Was very excited to have this! Thanks Walt! fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2010
bottle at RBWG, pours deep red with a sweet fruity aroma of yeast and tropical fruit. Super sweet bubblegum and toffee flavors. Thin barrel elements and a strong alcohol burn in the finish.