BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Bottle and served in my Duval snifter: Deep ruddy brown with a small but constant frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of roasted and nutty malts, vanilla and oaky bourbon barrels, some marizpan and floral esters, hint of maple syrup and sea salt. The taste starts aggressive with lots of boozy and BA influence surrounding the base sweet malts and somewhat hidden ripen dark fruits. Seems quite young still and likely really needs some cellaring to bring about a more classic English Kilned flavor profile. The bitterness is partly hop driven and far too brash at this point along with what appear to me as natural earthy tone that still need developed further. A bottle of this is going into my cellar not to opened prior to 2012, maybe then it will be what I want to be... or not. Promising like a blue chip prospect, the jury is still out. Boutip (6374) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2016
Bottle: Poured a clear light copper color ale with a small foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of grainy malt with some bourbon notes and vanilla is pleasant enough. Taste is a nice mix between some woody notes with vanilla and bourbon and some grainy and caramelized malt notes. Body is a bit thin with good carbonation and some warming alcohol notes. Quite pleasant barleywine and very little oxidation for a 2011 vintage tasted in 2016. nuplastikk (6277) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2013
22oz bottle shared by Brad. Really nice caramel, smooth malt tones. Classic English Barleywine notes. Big oak tones. Easy drinking and quite balanced for the style. Nice. dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2010
22 oz bottle from State Line. Poured a muddy brown with a smaller light beige frothy head. Aroma was very nice with lots of Bourbon barrel, vanilla, roasted coconut, syrup, burnt caramel, toast. Surprisingly easy drinking with a medium syrupy body and soft to average carbonation with a medium duration aftertaste. Flavor was dominated by Bourbon and wood barrel with some caramel, pancake syrup and a touch of candle wax. Nicely done beer at a bargain basement price for a bourbon barrel aged beer. thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2010
(22oz bottle) clear rich orange with a film and ring of white bubbles with nice lacing as well. Nose of bourbon, honey, more bourbon, caramel, and brown sugar. Taste of brown sugar, bourbon, alcohol, honey, fairly smooth, vanilla, chocolate, spicy and alcohol in the finish.
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is a lot of bourbon and oak, with some brown sugar, maple and alcohol. There is no doubt that this beer was bourbon-barrel aged. The flavor is also heavy on the bourbon. I get a lot of maple, vanilla and brown sugar, as well as some bourbon and oak notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
This was sampled alongside the cabernet barrel-aged version, and I thought this was the superior beer. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
In short: A sweet Sambuca flavored barley wine with only moderate bourbon barrel presence. Uninterestingtom10101 (6084) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when probably one year of age. Bottle from a friend from the dark site of the beer web sites. Thanks Heath
The look: Mostly clear copper-bronze body, many small particles, medium beige head
In long: Unimposing nose of sweet pastry (baklavas comes to mind), barley candy and timid bourbon notes. Taste is malt sweetness over more malt sweetness, sucking a big kid barley candy lollipop, caramel, sweet sugary pasty, a big shot of Sambuca, raisin bread, some vanilla, light notes of bourbon soaked oak, star anise like spiciness. Full big doughy mouthfeel. Very very sweet. The Sambuca and anise-like spiciness were not much fun. Smooth at first but gets more and more abrasive the more you drink it, I almost didn’t finish my bomber. Another disappointing bottle from Heavy Seas, and you’d be surprised at how many people will try to avoid you if you walk towards them smiling and with a bottle of Heavy Seas in one hand and an axe in the other.
Bottle (650 ml). Thanks to biere_froide for this one! Dark amber beer with a small white head and fair lacing. Aroma of bourbon (not overwhelming), plum, fig, dark fruits and malt. Taste of bourbon, dark fruits, malt and caramel. Slight bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is oily. Medium to full body. Warming alcohol. Good bourbon barrel barley wine but not outstanding. sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours mostly clear brown with an amber tint and a thin, frothy off-white head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is sweet, cookie and caramel malt, vanilla, oak, and faint dark fruit. Flavor is sweet malt forward, booze, oak, vanilla and dark chocolate; lightly sweet, bourbon finish. Full body, medium carbonation, and high warmth. thornecb (5912) - 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.