j12601 (11943) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2017 Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from cavemanlawyer, thanks James! 2011 Vintage. Pours a murky, orange-amber colored body with a thin, bubbly, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is richer toffees with a good amount of bourbon and vanilla-oak. A few dark fruit notes, caramel, and buttered almonds. Flavor is similar. Richer toffees and caramels with a bit more of a sherry-like, tropical fruitiness. A few raisin dark fruits, a nice bourbon and oaky vanilla, a light woody spice, and a touch of buttered almonds towards the end. Finishes somewhat dry with a bit of a woody spice, toffees, bourbon, vanilla, and a light fruity note. Lengthy aftertaste following a somewhat chewy, medium body and a flatter carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid barrel aged barley wine. Lots of barrel character, but plenty of toffees and fruits to balance. Carbonation seems a bit too flat to me, but other than that, this was enjoyable.
On tap at the brewery. Pours a hazed amber with a thin white head. Banana on the nose, over bourbon (faint) with some yeast and wood. Big bourbon and brown sugar lurking on the nose. Prominent and unapologetic, bourbon covering everything. Malt, booze and old wood on the nose. Falls off quickly. Bit strong wood and bourbon on finish, malt and flabby fruits. Tough to drink, with a bit of old fruit. Quite the unpleasant challenge.
gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2017
On draft at the source. Pours cloudy brownish red with a thick white head. Strong oak notes, caramel, penny candy,. Very tannic oak flavor, sawdust. Light body, stronger carbonation than the non barrel version. Over oaked. monk191 (1978) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2017
Had the 2012 vintage. A fantastic bourbon version of the already amazing Fred. Pours a deep orange with a white head. Smells of bourbon and vanilla. Taste is very smooth, with lots of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and a refined finish. Had in the bottle.
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Bottle 2011 pours clear copper with no head. Looks like bourbon. Aroma is big bourbon, wood, maple, toffee. Sweet caramel malt base, loads of bourbon, some old hop notes. Medium-plus bodied, sticky, no carbonation. Like bourbon in beer form. Highly legitimate. Tmoney99 (14483) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy reddish copper color with a small fizzy white head that lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy sweet fruit and bourbon aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy earthy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex sweet beer.
alexsdad06 (10418) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2016
12 oz bottle shared with Tmoney99 and the MadTree crew. Pours a hazy amber color with a few bubbles. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, bourbon vanilla, dark fruit, syrupy, I think I like the base beer better, it does hide the abv pretty well but probably because it is so sweet, some wood, hint of chocolate, I still like it. DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! Amber. Huge vanilla, bourbon, cookies, nuts. Sweet. Rounded, thick. ryanfolty (2553) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2016
February 7, 2016 - bottle from the source back in 2013. Aroma was bourbon, fruity, caramel, malt and light spice. Taste was sweet, boozy and spicy. Palate was smooth, no carb and medium bodied. solidfunk (8954) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2016
For once I prefer the bourbon version to the regular. Citrus and lots of peel. Some oak. Pours hazy brown with ok head. Sweet and syrupy. Sweet finish with light tang. Bootie shared at tasting. andrewje41 (3885) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2015
12 Oz bottle poured at Brouwers to celebrate absolutely nothing. Well, celebrate good beer and good times. Done with work for the year, and this is a grand way to start. 2011 vintage. Clear reddish brown in color with no head. This even looks like bourbon. Big booze, bourbon, cinnamon, and caramel aroma. Thick syrupy body. Hints of maple. Big caramel, cinnamon, and just a tiny bit of chocolate in the finish. A bit of oak. Very smooth. Delicious. I can’t compare to anything, since this is my first experience with this beer. However, I can tell that the years have done kindly to this. Very fun try, and an excellent beer.