phaleslu (10899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2017 JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a short lived off white head even with a fairly aggressive pour... the brew is clear dark orange... only random dots of lacing... I keep looking for legs in the glass.
The nose is nostril coating malty with thick vanilla and maple essence... the bourbon is more than present and the malty sweetness is only balanced by a decent piney hoppiness.
Flavor mirrors the aroma and shows brown sugar and something that I associate with candied pecans... bitterness is thankfully still fairly present after all this time so is a piney/grapefruit zest hoppiness... could use more hops though.
Medium/big bodied with a light carbonation that only accentuates the thickness on the palate... pretty damn hot even after at least 10 months in the bottle.
A bit of a mess at this point, but a bit more refined than when it was first released... I have a couple more but would like to get some to put away for the long haul... I think this one is going to be muddy for quite a while and then emerge a better beer.
750 ml bottle shared by Mark - thanks again, Mark! Pours a mostly clear, just slightly hazed tea color with minimal head, just a few off-white bubbles forming around the edge. We did this one blind. It's certainly oxidized, with cardboard, but there's plenty of wood, caramel, some subtle spice, tea, earth, and bourbon. Maple seems to be gone. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a dry, boozy, oxidized mouthfeel. It drinks a bit older than it is, as some of us guessed it was closer to 10 years old than 5, but it's actually not too bad. Lager43 (54) - Watertown, Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2017
A very strong barleywine. Somehow it disguises the alcohol . I find storing creates a really smooth beer. I waited several Yeats to have it again and it was really much more rounded in flavor.
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Bottled at Clubhouse BFD event. Pours honey color, white head. Aroma is lots of sticky cherry, bourbon, very sweet, syrup, mapley, citrus. Flavor is sweet citrus, bourbon, sticky cherry. Solid, not amazing. Johnstledger8 (1409) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 5, 2017
Bottle. Pours a clearish amber red with a quickly fading beige bubbly head. Aroma is of red fruits, strawberry, cranberry, raspberry, jam, treacle. Taste is of caramel, treacle, red fruits, forest fruits, slightly bitter, some heat on the finish. Oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation. smith4498 (3697) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle from 2012. Pours clear amber color with cream color head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, and toasted malt. Very sweet toffee flavor with a big dose of booze. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Nice.
Ahuth (665) - Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2016
2013. Bottle. Aroma is huge. The plate is thick and creamy. The taste is sweet and malty. Carmel and little fruit. Pretty awesome. Mark_Eck (1998) - - AUG 5, 2016
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark reddish color. Aroma and taste are bready malts, caramel, raisins, and some bourbon. jandd1983 (4690) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUL 1, 2016
Bottle hiding in the back of the beer fridge. It poured a dark amber color with a tan head. The aroma was of bready malts, caramel, dark fruits and some bourbon. The taste was similar to the aroma with more caramel, dark fruits, toffee, bready malts, bourbon and some not overwhelming booze. Very tasty. oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2016
Pours a dark golden brown with fluffy head. Aromas of dark malts, hops, and light bourbon. Flavors of sweet malts, hops, and nice bourbon notes. AirForceHops (8034) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2016
750 ml bottle thanks to Adrien and his deep cellar. Very nice deep ruby color, still normal carbonation. Aroma shows a good amount of pine, light floral hints, dark fruit without any oxidation.
The flavor is still bold. Toffee, pine and floral hops in the center still showing some bitterness. Also shows a light metallic hint after the swallow. Body is full with a very sticky texture. Also still has a lot of warming alcohol. I still like this pretty much although it must be a 6 or 7 oz. sample.