Drake (13652) - 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 (2524) - 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 (6160) - 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 (2176) - 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.
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
Finally cracked the lone bomber I had at DLD 2010. Pours dark mahogany with very small tan head. Aroma is loaded with bourbon, caramel, sweet malts, and some vanilla. Flavors of bourbon, wood, caramel, thick sweet malts, some hops, and a bit of booze. Mouthfeel was thick but not overly syrupy. Barrel really adds a nice complexity to the base beer which is quite sweet. Really enjoyed this beer and wish I had another bottle. tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2010
Sample at DLD 2010. Poured a reddish brown with some khaki head. Carmelish nose with some resiny hops. Thick but easy to drink. Glad I finally got to try this. ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
Sampled at the Richmond Eleventh. Poured an opaque brown. Aroma has some agressive hops with a bit of dark fruit as well. Taste is quite heavy on dark fruit and also some cakebread-type sweetness. Aftertaste has some bitterness that was more present on the aroma with a bit of molasses thrown in as well. A thoroughly enjoyable american style barley wine with a good bit of muscle but also not nearly as agressive as some others. Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
Sampled at the Richmond Eleventh. Near clear dark copper brown with ring of tan head. Extremely woody. Bourbon notes. Tons of vanilla. and EXTREMELY sweet. Almost too sweet. The hop spiciness helps to balance. But definitely enjoyable, and I imagine this would mellow quite nicely. Cool name and bottle. MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
(Sample Date: 4/17/2010 Source:BrewEngineer) Dark fruits and caramelized sugars. Classic aroma. Clear dark copper golden with little head. Caramel with notes of wood and lots of sweet vanilla. Finish is sweet with hefty bitterness. Alcohol warming is subtle but perceptible. Excellent.