jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Boozy with vanilla, caramel and oak. I would gladly drink this again. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 21, 2011
22oz bottle, courtesy of beachbum25. Thanks, Jim! Normally tossing a less-than-hefty barley wine into a bourbon barrel ends up in the latent realization that that was a godawful, foolish, crazy-talk sort of idea... But this one’s pretty damn good. Pours a dark, cola-brown color; thin, mixed-bubbled off-white head with light retention and lacing. Solid amounts of caramel, brown sugar, and cola in the aroma, supported reasonably well by the barrel character: some light, prickly warmth and a suggestion of red wine-like tannins, but the spirit character itself is rather subdued and soft; nicely handled for this size barley wine. Medium-full body; relaxed to light carbonation; some alcoholic warmth, but nothing rough, pleasantly warming. At the forefront of things, there’s some really beautifully rounded and toasty vanilla notes, plenty of caramel and cola, and supporting notes of bright oak woodiness, a modest (whisperingly tannic) red wine presence, and soft, rounded bourbon / spirit notes; this is surprisingly very drinkable, not at all harsh, and really enjoyable. I’m impressed, and, to be honest, amazed that this beer handled its barrel time so well! Long finish of darker fruits, caramel, and toasty woodiness; never cloying, but always enjoyably sweet and generous. keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a very thin head. The aroma is quite subdued with just a bit of wood and some caramel. The flavor is quite nice, the caramel comes through with a good bit of hoppy bitterness. The after taste is quite nice and lasting. User37895 (3085) - - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle from SL. Pour was orangey brown in color, nice initial head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was fruity malts, some darker fruits, bourbon too. The flavor followed and was pleasantly not over-bourboned where the base beer couldn’t express itself (props to CC for that!). The fruits shined with caramel and some oak also present. Mouthfeel was full to slightly sticky, but not in a deterring way. A decent brew, but the bourbon aging isn’t impressing me in general anymore. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2012
On tap 1/2 pint at Gilly's Craft Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD.
Nearly opaque, deep mahogany with nice buff head and very good lacing.
Aroma of sweet malt, oak, toffee, vanilla and fig with a hint of spice.
Very sweet taste of brown sugar, oak, red grapes, toffee, vanilla, plums, raisins, figs, molasses and booze. Tastes like a caramelized bourbon barrel. Sweet but flavorful.
Medium/light body with medium/low carbonation.
Although too sweet for its own good, this is nevertheless an good beer even in its youth. It will be interesting to see how this ages.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep caramel amber with a faint reddish hue, small creamy beige head. Just the right amount of caramel, toffee, vanilla and bourbon in the nose. Fairly heavy on the barrel notes but not overly boozy in any way. Damn tasty. sloth (2936) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Medium sized offwhite head with fair retention and some skinny lace. Seriously murky brown color. Nose is soft with whisky notes, a little cherry and vanilla, a little grainy, dusty. Med/full body, soft carbonation, lightly oily. Whisky flavors up front but not overpowering though they do dominate the BW aspect of this beer. A bit fruity with some sweet malts coming through, notes of wood, vanilla, caramel malts and pleasent earthyness. Notes of roast and maybe some chocolate too. Lightly sweet whisky finish. Bourbon is dominant but not overly so. Tastey and entertaining. May age well. Bomber procured @statelineliquors. Decent quaff. glennmastrange (2923) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of caramel and milk chocolate, moderate hop note of cooked orange, light earth for the yeast, with background notes of brown sugar, bourbon and alcohol. Head is small, frothy, off-white with some pretty good slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is dark murky brown. Flavor starts heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then the short finish is moderately bittersweet and lightly acidic. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a soft carbonation and finishes heavily alcoholic with a strong whiskey and coffee aftertaste. This beer really smells like a chocolate candy bar. Maybe a little to sweet and a touch watery in the end, but this is still a stand up Barley Wine. pushkinwow (2896) - Ottawa, CANADA - NOV 30, 2016
2011 bottle from the cellar shared at GRMs. Clear mahogany with no head. Raisin, light prune, vanilla, oak, dry, sweet, some butterscotch, mild carbonation and full but slightly faded body, sweet and boozy finish. Definitely a bit past its prime but held up reasonably wrong. UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2013
2012 bottle pours deep mahogany amber, quick tan head that reduces to a cap. nose is mostly biscuit, toast, light oak, slight bourbon. taste follows this theme as the bourbon is more subtle... wish it had a little more. oak is very present. finish lingers and the abv makes me happy.