sloth (2905) - 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. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Pours a transparent deep amber copper with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet dark caramely nose with some vanilla bourbon notes and some piny hops. Starts with pretty good sweet sticky fullness with caramel overtones and some warming astringent bitterness before the finish. Could use a little more balance, but the bourbon aging still enhances the base beer. hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Bottle… Mostly clear burnt orange ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. Smells like a straight-forward, simple, non-estery English barley wine – caramel and vanilla are highlights. The bourbon barrel aging doesn’t detract; it mellows the beer while adding to the vanilla nuance. Medium to full-bodied and oily with gentle carbonation. Flavor-wise, toffee and vanilla are the stars here. A kiss of butterscotch works its way into the mix. Malty, sweet, warming finish. Kudos to ygtbsm94 for providing this bottle! jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Pours brown with thick off white head. Huge nose of bourbon, oak, and maple syrup. Palate is thinner than I expected. Taste of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. The bourbon definitely improves the base beer. Would like to have more to see how this ages. ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 16, 2010
Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Has a matly aroma of caramel and some oakish and earthy undertones. Upfront is a wine like flavor with caramel and spice. Finishes with a more chocoate and coffee base to the flavor.
scottw86 (1177) - Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Poured a murky brown with lots of bubbles. Aroma has bourbon and hops. Taste is slightly watery, which is a little surprising for the style and the amount of alcohol. It makes it very smooth, however. Lots of bourbon flavor and some fruit, not the most complex barley wine. Overall enjoyable. kmweaver (3207) - 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. Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of Doodler. Pours amber with a slight haze and a tiny off-white head. Sweet Bourbon aroma - and burned caramel. Solid body, carbonation is a little low, massive burned caramel, spicy and also massive Bourbon. Warming alcohol finish. 170611 anders37 (26605) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a hazy orange color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty fruity bourbon aroma with weak hints of vanilla. Sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit flavor with hints of oak and bourbon. Has a sweetish fruity malty bourbon finish with oaky hints. keepersj12 (3117) - 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.