PumpkinBurger (46) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 25, 2012
dark caramel color, small head and not much lacing... notes of vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, some dark fruit, candied goodness both on the nose and tongue... low carbonation, full bodied and syrupy, almost port-like... claaark13 (15) - Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2012
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 2011 bottles served at cellar temp. Sent as an extra from ygtbsm94. Awesome.
A - Dark brown with a reddish hue. Thick off-white head turns to some nice lacing. The lacing retention is fantastic. S - Sweet malts, slight oak, slight vanilla. T - Much like the aroma. Sweet malts, dark fruits, then hints of vanilla and sweet oak push through. Very smooth throughout. There is a little bit of a drag in the flavor before the barrel picks up. The vanilla/caramel/oak almost shows a candy-like flavor from middle to end. The finish gives the slightest amount of heat and dryness, but is fairly smooth. P - Medium, feels a little thicker and has some carbonation. Pretty nice. O - Good flavors, not too hot, smooth finish. crossovert (13833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
This is an excellent and maybe underrated BA barleywine. The barrel doesn’t add too much or too little, just right. TheGB (579) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 29, 2012
2010 version from Market Street Wine. Pours cloudy brown with almost no head. Aroma of caramel, molasses, sweet malt and hops. Medium to full bodied with a smooth palate that blends the sweet malt with bourbon. Tasty, the bourbon taste has probably mellowed since it’s the 2010. Travlr (26065) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Draft. Clear dark amber color. Aroma of whiskey and vanilla. Taste is similar. The whiskey overwhelms the beer.
jdidion (10) - - JAN 29, 2012
Pours a rich reddish-brown with a beautiful head. Alcoholic and slightly cloying nose. Rich malt flavor, a bit sweet, with a notable whiskey finish. Wish I would have bought more to let a few age... I think this would only get better. evanlarkin (315) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Deep ruby with no head. Malt sweetness with pomegranate and stone fruit apparent. Taste is malt, grassy hops, and a tart citrus. Very slightly oaky. Nice. tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2012
on draft poured a bit lighter than its sister beer the cabernet. the light aroma of bourbon over the sweetness of the malts. almost had a sweet candy flavor mixed with the bourbon. quite different for a barley wine and wonder if aging does anything for this. leaves you wanting more. burg326 (5604) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2012
22 ounce bomber that pours a mahogany red color with very little tan head. Aromas of caramel malt, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, figs and dates. Flavor is much the same with a touch of bourbon initially. As the beer warmed, the bourbon flavor mellowed out with more of a vanilla finish. Real nice ber that I wish I had more of. thornecb (6055) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Pours mahogany into a tulip. Head quickly recedes leaving no lacing. Honey, oak and treacle aromas. Thick and chewy with sweet syrup, honey and vanilla, maple syrup finish.