beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Brouwers Hard Liver Fest 2009. One of my favorites of the fest. Big sweetness up front, but enough bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Chewy body, lots of caramel and cherry notes. Bourbon is on the softer side, not the big vanilla that some of them had, siding more with the oak flavors, more mellowed. Hops had died in floralness, but provided enough bitterness to counter some of the sweetness. carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2009
clear auburn brown, rim of a head. aroma is alcohol, bourbon and woody. taste is sweet. slightly numbing palate. nickd717 (4648) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2009 On tap at Toronado for Barleywine fest ’09, then again at the Bistro in Hayward for Barrel Aged Fest ’09. This is another amazing barleywine from Alaska. Big Woody, huhhuh huhhuh (Butthead voice). Clear dark orangish-brown color with a nice beige head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, port, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Sweet and malty flavor with toffee, vanilla, bourbon, spiced cider, wood (huhhuh) and some hop bitterness. Really long finish. Medium-full body with a very smooth yet lively mouthfeel, really nails it on the palate. Alcohol present but not too dominant. I would like to encounter Big Woody again in the future - the beer I mean, definitely not the other kind. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Draft@ Glacier Brewhouse. Clear copper with a tan head. Nice bourbon wood vanilla aromas with sharp caramel. Medium body with soft carbonation. Big notes of bourbon, with subtle white wine barrel flavors on a sharp caramel base brew. Warming boozy alcohol to finish. More bourbon than barleywine flavors here, still a very good barrel aged beer. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2009
FoBAB 2008. Poured a slightly hazy medium orange color with an off white head. Distinct oak and wine in the nose accompanied by cotton candy and caramel notes. Medium bodied and delicately sweet with mild bitterness. Distinct oaky red wine, caramel, and toasted bread flavors. Warming alcohol effect. Not bad.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Pours attractive ruddy brown with no head. Nice malt and fruit aroma with some alcohol. The flavor is a bit more bitter and hoppy, bet still malty and dried fruit. Dry finish and smooth mouthfeel. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
FoBAB 2008, Chicago: The pregram says it was aged in "oak wine barrels" for eight months, not the "minimum of one year" mentioned in the commercial description here. This poured a headless clear amber. The aroma was toffee and caramel with a touch of earthy woodiness. Same with the flavor but having the addition of a light fruity tartness. No evidence of the strong ABV in the drinking. Okay. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Draft @ Bistro BA Fest. Pours a bright, clear, viscous honey-amber-brown color; mixed-bubbled lacing with good retention and gorgeous, fine-bubbled lacing; great pour. Solid amounts of dried fruits, white pepper, brown sugar in the aroma; dry and basic barrel character. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: loads of toasty, charred oak, dried oranges and dried dark fruits, caramel and creamy malt goodness; nicely blended and toasty barleywine with just a touch of warming, soft alcohol; nice beer. Lengthy finish: bitter earthiness, chewy dried fruits and caramel; nicely balanced, limited sweetness. fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
2008 Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Amber, sweet, fruity, malty, bit tart, bourbon, wood, vanilla. IrishBoy (4185) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Draft at the Bistro’s BA Fest; Nose of oaky vanilla, bourbon, and light tartness; orange-amber with a small offwhite head; flavor is bourbon, light tartness with contrasting fruity sweetness, and woody oak.