Ratman197 (14842) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2010
750 ml bottle shared by Irish Boy (Thanks Richard!) poured a clear dark brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, carmel and toffee. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak, carmel, dark fruit, light earthiness and light toffee with a smooth lingering bourbon finish. 50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2010
Bottled shared at the LCBS 10. I don’t know wtf was going on hear. Crazy oxidation, apple, raisin turd, and cardboard flavors. Disappointing..... bierkoning (13355) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2010
2005 bottle. Dark brown color. Pedro Ximenez sherry, salty notes, maple syrupand a hint of oak in the aroma. Sweet, almost sugary oaky flavor with dried plums and figs, cognac, PX sherry. Slightly alcoholic, but complex and delicious. jtclockwork (16600) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle shared by Jimmack at Jimmack’s invitational. Pours clear amber brown. Nose and taste of figs, raisins, dark fruits, oak, molasses and brown sugars. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2010
BCTC 2010, Ratebeer tent, big thanks to the generous donor. 2005 vintage. caramel color pour. loads of rich maltiness, seems a little past its peak, bourbon barrell aging seemed to be fading. medium notes of vanilla, wood, bourbon, still quite flavorful & complex. would like another stab preferably this one not being after a long beer binge like the one yesterday in Cooperstown
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2010
750ml bottle, probably 5+ years old. Pouring a hazy, dark, golden-amber hue, the dense body is topped with just a thin beige film. Though no lacing shows, it does give some nice, drippy sheeting on the glass. The aroma is big on caramel and light toffee, showing complimentary notes of vanilla and sweet buttercream. Rich bourbon warmth has settled in nicely at this age, lending weathered oak and brown sugar notes behind. Flavors sport the same caramel base, this time hinting at some dark, rich fruits, like cherries and dates. Mellowed by time, the bourbon element is subtle and approachable, lending an even-keeled warmth of vanilla, brown sugar, and faded oak. There is no semblance of hop bitterness to be found at this advanced stage of life, but that is quite befitting of this luscious malt monster. Med-full on the palate, some sherry-like oxidation has certainly set in, though that’s no necessarily a bad thing in a brew of this magnitude and style. Overall, this is a very nice brew that has held up quite well over time. I imagine it was probably pretty damn impressive a few years ago. shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Tmoney99 (14492) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2010
3/10/2010: Heavyweight Barrel-Aged Old Salty Barleywine Ale... Aroma: Caramel, lots of sugars, notes of oxidation though; subtle vanilla; faint barrel notes. Appearance: Minimal carbonation; somewhat cloudy, but uniformly so; coppery orange-amber color; shiny. Flavor: Sweet, sugary, rich caramel and toffee; dates, fig, plum, cherry, other fruits; hint of barrel char; LEATHER; tobacco; very much like a refined Belgian Quad; alcohol completely hidden; subtle bourbon notes when warmer and after letting it breathe awhile... Palate: Medium-full, not as thick and chewy as the regular version; very smooth; slightly creamy. Overall: Definitely different than the "regular" version, but not quite as good, but still delicious; DRINK NOW!
1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. capped bottle from luiss via trade. Thanks! Rating #233 for this beer.
Bottleshared by shigadeyo. Poured clear brown color with a minimal fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, bourbon, wood and small alcohol aroma. Full body with a sticky smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit and light bourbon sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is another standout beer.
drowland (8758) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
Sampled at RBWG 2010, possibly courtesy JW77. The barrel characteristics are there but somewhat subdued, perhaps the age. Under that, however, is an amazing barley wine. MeadMe (1661) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Big thanks to jw77 for this one.
A: Pours a hazy amber hue with a small off white head. Lite retention and lace. S: Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and light wood. F: Very much the same. Sweet candy malts, dark fruit, wood, and vanilla. Very light booze can be picked up but everything seems to meld together so nicely. M: On the fuller side of medium, light carbonation, smooth easy mouthfeel. A real wonderful brew that has aged gracefully! Thanks Jon.