Iphonephan (7283) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On cask at rustico Arlington. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin off white head. Bourbon and vanilla nose. Sweet and boozy with luscious dark cherry, raisin and toffee notes. Warming alcohol finish. A winner for a cold winter day. Westmeister (2127) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours a murky ruby/brown with minimal off white head. Smell is bold creamy vanilla, oak, big sweetness -delicious. Taste is marzipan, vanilla, booze, lite dark fruits, oak. Booze comes thru both in taste and going down. Overall nice but too boozy for 10%, Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Pours red-brown with a thick white head. Aroma is lots of bourbon, some dark fruit and vanilla. Not real complicated, lots of bourbon. Taste is led by bourbon, some dark fruit, some vanilla, some spicy and herbal notes. Mostly that bourbon. I would have liked a bit more complexity, flavor-wise. The bourbon dominated this for me. Wasn’t the barley wine that I was hoping for. Still, I enjoyed it; very drinkable. DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Sample from a 22oz bottle at Jungle Jim’s Barrel Aged tasting. Clear orange - yellow color. Minimal white head, leaves decent dots of lace. Good bourbon nose. Nice vinous grape flavor. Bigger body, smooth creamier texture. Light bitter taste, sweetness. Vanilla, vinous aftertaste. Gotta love Below Decks.. Always an excellent value for the money b3shine (9143) - Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle to snifter. Looks good; much like the other one. A semi-transparent copperish-brown with thin off-white lacing. Smells good too; better than the cabernet barreled version. The bourbon barreling is much more prominent, and you pick up that sweet vanilla flavor. Tastes like it smells, but it alittle hot. Average on the palate. Solid, but not spectacular.
budznsudz (584) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Deep reddish pour with a white head that fades to a ring with sticky lacing left behind. Big bourbon, oak, and vanilla on the nose. The taste is oak, vanilla, bourbon, and a hint of dark fruit and brown sugar. Pretty hot, think I’ll lay the rest down for a couple of years. mikem409 (2029) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Tap at clubhouse. Pours light brown thin lacing. Aroma of fruit oak and vanilla. Taste is stick bourbon medium body. paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2013
On tap Blackthorn Pub Holly,MI... surprisingly pale colored and clear for a barley wine with a small whitish head; this beer is striking due to the unique combo of oak, whiskey, and wine. All flavors assert themselves without overpowering each other. Crisp and non-cloying on the finish this is an outstanding BW. BiereLuc (1276) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
Brune aux reflets rubis. Nez très puissant de sucre cuit, d’alcool et de fruits rouges. Le boisé du baril perce avec évidence. Bouche très sucrées et boisée avec une finale étonnante qui me fait penser au chipotle (un peu fumé et piquant). 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.