DaSilky1 (2608) - 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. SHIG (4965) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Draft: Poured a chocolate brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel malts, and bourbon. Taste is similar with lots of chocolate (which worries me about a BW), caramel sugary malt, and vanilla bourbon burn. deaconmike (470) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Sample at the Brewpub. Poured dark caramel. Malty sweetness in the nose, oak, and some vanilla. Taste is almost like a port - lots of dark fruit, raisin. Oak and caramel present as well. Full bodied. Sweetness was high, but not overbearing. Only had a sample, so not sure how is like that for a full pint. This was the 2011 version. BeerandBlues2 (14027) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Draught at GABBF. Pours clear tawny with a medium, creamy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, dates, figs, raisins, vanilla, alcohol and earthy hops. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, alcohol, dates, figs, light earthy hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation. carruthm (1400) - 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.
Travlr (26430) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2012
This is marketed as a different beer than the regular Big Woody, and the alcohol percentage is different, so I think it warrants a new entry. Light and clear brown color, scant white head. Aroma of vanilla. Taste is smooth vanilla and caramel. Nice. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
On tap at Hard Liver Barleywine Festival 09, Brouwer’s Cafe. Crystal clear brightly rubied medium amber with very little head and no lace. Creamy medium body. Vinous, boozy nose. Tons of vanilla-y oak on the mid-palate, without much company, other than some notes of caramel. Mild dry finish. This can’t possibly be their best batch of this stuff. marcus (10878) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
On tap at Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Pours dark amber with a thin beige head and a sweet malt aroma. The flavor is sweet malt with a lot of bourbon in it, providing some heat and a little sourness at the finish. User29624 (1687) - - DEC 3, 2009
FOBAB 09. Pours red/brown with almost no head. Aroma of Jim Beam, woody, caramel malt. Decent flavor, but nothing special compared to the rest of the beers I had this day. Boozy in the flavor. It was cool to see them bring beer from Alaska for this occasion though. bvc (1244) - Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Draft from the teet. Dark caramel ruby with little head. Biscuit, prune...sweet and not overly complex. Prune, bread, brown sugar, raisins, toasted oak...again, nothing here that rocks me. I’ve had this at hardliver, wasn’t impressed, and now at the source and still wasn’t impressed. No flaws, but this is middle of the road barleywine.