Mark_Eck (1998) - - JUL 18, 2016 Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a very clear, light amber with no head. Aroma of caramel, light bourbon, some malty sweetness. Taste was similat with even more complexity - oak, light bourbon and vanilla, sticky sweetness. If I didn’t know this had been aged in maple oak barrels, I’m not sure I would have been able to tell that the some of the sweetness was maple, but all of the complexities of the beer mesh together nicely. Creamy, smooth, slightly boozy, some more bourbon - a very complex finish. The finish of this beer is really special - everything that is good about this beer just comes to life in the finish. Overall, very tasty beer. Too bad I’ve only got 1 more bottle to drink!
Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish color. Aroma and taste are sweet maple, bourbon, toffee, and oak. JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUL 11, 2016
Hazed amber to orange in color liquid. A few fish food flakes floating about. A moderate head of tight, ecru colored bubbles. The initial quick sniff brought scents of tropical fruit. Further sniffing brought out the spice and whiskey scents. Wood and sour mash start to work their way into the aroma. I don’t catch enough malt base in the aroma. Sweet, very sweet from the start. A Jack and coke sweetness. Whiskey seem to dominate throughout the quaff. Fairly average feel, with low carbonation and a bit of bite from the alcohol. Stomach has a small fire starting. If you like whiskey, you should like this one. Not overly complex, but a strong ale with a bourbon kick. 6/10
stevoj (5434) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 21, 2016
12oz bottle thanks to Jake65, share on 6/11/16. Nice medium amber body, small airy head. While this is all barley wine through and through, the barrel aging makes adds the right amount of sweetness and smokiness to this brew. Hints of vanilla, marshmallow, licorice and molasses add to the complex tastes. Slow, pleasant burn caps this off. Spectacular! IndianaRed (4937) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle shared from Jake hazy redish Amber great maple barrel flavors. Dry and bitter BuckeyeBoy (8281) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2016
12oz bottle thanks to Jake65. Pours out a crisp copper color topped with a small head. Nose is nice maple barrel lots of sweetness booze spice anise. Taste is more of the maple syrup sweetness bourbon barrel vanilla brown sugar.
onceblind (10320) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Aged 6 years! Slightly hazy honey copper hue with no head. Lovely sherry aroma with maple, oak, honey, and boozy fruity tones. Big boozy flavor with loads of earthy honey, halls, fruity booze, maple, oak, and a boozy earthy sweet woody finish. Ratman197 (15212) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of bourbon, toffee, spice and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, bourbon, oak and spice with a smooth dry lingering bourbon finish. fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2015
An absolutely rollicking aged blonde barley wine, with equal parts caramel malt and red wine and barrel nuances. Hints of wheat linger with sharp heat through the finish. AirForceHops (7680) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 3, 2015
12 oz. bottle thanks to Willrunforbeer via dmac for free beer week, thanks men! No head on a muddy river water brown color. Aroma does show oxidation (cardboard like) oak barrel, bourbon still exists and light maple sugar. WillRunForBeer (2728) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 3, 2015
The flavor shows moderate bourbon upfront with a light maple sugar through the center. Mild hints of dark fruit more of a plum or raisin with a very weak hint of (cardboard). But the mild oxidation doesn’t affect the enjoyment level I am sipping right now. Mild warming from the bourbon after the sip. Still all in all nice drink. Real surprised how well this held up... Fine brew but drink it if you got it!
12oz bottle from dmac for Free Beer Week. Thanks, Dave! Michigan rate #100! 2/3/10 bottle date. Pours murky orange brown with no carb. Aroma is bourbon, molasses, maple. Flavor is molasses, raisin, maple and bourbon. Bourbon carries through to the finish.