DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Draft bistro barrel aged fest. Amber color, orangish tan ring for head. Caramilized sugar nose akin to most barleywines and not much of any bourbon character. Flavors however bring out some of the bourbon along with the normal sugary, sticky barleywine flavors. Body consumes the mouth fairly well..nice, smooth, and soothing...but nothing spectacular is jumping out and the caramelized sugar profile overshadows whatever the bourbon is trying to showcase. anders37 (26605) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2011
Draft @ FoBAB 2009, Chicago, IL. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty dark fruit and woody aroma with weak vanilla hints. Has a sweetish malty weak chocolate and dark fruit flavor with woody hints. Has a sweetish malty woody dark fruit finish. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Draft. Mahogony beer with a cream colored head. Malt and light toffee aroma. Toffee and malt flavor with light oak. Medium bodied. Oak lingers with toffee and malt. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Tasted at the Bistro Barrel aged fest 2010. It pours reddish orange with a khaki head. The aroma is of bourbon and wood. The flavor is nice rich dark fruit, especially cherries with some bourbon and caramel. Nice barleywine. I wish I had taken better notes! popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
5th Annual Bistro BA Festival. I’ve tried this at past Toronado fests and, as someone who loves English barleywines and restrained barrel-aging, it’s one of my very favorite barleywines. This version was particularly interesting as it probably spent a bit less time in the barrel than what they send to Toronado. The flavor is enormous with tons of sugar cane, vanilla, caramel, figs, sweet rum and mild bourbon. It’s relatively sweet but wonderfully smooth. In my opinion, the sweetness is just right for the round, full flavor. Mouthfeel is never cloying but fairly thick. Appearance is dark amber, transparent, with a small head. Marvelous stuff.
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
On tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Festival. I’m not a big barleywine fan, but this Big Woody was outstanding. The vanilla and fig came through in the aroma and flavor. It wasn’t overly sweet, but was very mellow. deyholla (11597) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Sampled from the tap at 2010 FOBAB. Poured a near clear dark brown with an amber hue and a yellowish gray head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma had bourbon with sweet grain and a bit of biscuit. Flavor started with sweet grain, biscuit and caramel but a slight bourbon and dry note rounded out the beer nicely. neepsntatties (1988) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Had the ’09 of this on tap at the Hard Liver Fest in Seattle last weekend. Colour... garnet-amber with no head. Nose... soy, mustard and bittersweet chocolate brownies. Palate... lots of dark chocolate, mildly sweet, malty, grainy, burnt brown sugar and a medium length finish. waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Draft at Brouwer’s Hard Liver 8 (2010). This was a 2007 vintage. The pour was a deep reddish brown with a small dissipating white head. The nose was amazing; toffee, sweet caramel malt, oak, vanilla, and bourbon? The taste was a generous portion of sweet caramel malt and toffee transitioning into oak and vanilla before giving off an earthy, grassy hop aftertaste. This was my favorite at the festival as well, glad it won. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
On tap at Hard Liver 2010 - named the winner at the festival. Deep red pour with a small head, dissipating to a pretty little ring of bubbles. Powerful oak notes, with bourbon and vanilla on the nose. Smells a little hot, but the flavor really does pull through on this one. Lots of wood, but not bourbon - more like fresh-cut oak. I really feel like this is what Angels Share should taste like. It has the complexity (toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, some fruit, etc.) - but isn’t quite as much of a punch-you-in-the-face palate bomb. Really good.