IrishBoy (4202) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 15, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2013 Bomber from BevMo Salinas. Nose is toffee, brown sugar, and hints of roast, vanilla, and floral hops. Hazy brown with a medium, long lasting, lightly lacing tan head. Flavor is sweet golden raisin pie, hints of bitterness and vanilla, with a mixed sweet and bitter finish with a touch of bourbon. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2012
22 oz bottle, barrel aged Vintage 2011. Darkish brown with a foamy beige head. Nose is caramel and light bourbon. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is bourbon, caramel and bitter hops. Bourbon up front with a bitter finish. Least dynamic of the brews in this barleywine tasting but still quite good. DYCSoccer17 (3698) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
22oz bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Vintage 2011. Barrel-aged. The aroma on this has a good deal of really nice bourbon-y notes to it. Light chocolate and some molasses are also present behind the bourbon character. Nice vanilla hints, too. Extremely quaffable. Scantly transparent mahogany body with a smallish off-white head and good oily, legging present. Starts with bourbon character, before there is some sweet caramel chewiness. Lightly buttery mouthfeel with perhaps some diacetyl in the middle. Becomes a bit roasted in the middle. Finishes with some nice tobacco and leathery flavors and has a small amount of ethanol. I really solid beer. My one complaint would be that this beer seems a little thin. Still, a hell of a beer. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
$15.99 bomber from Olive Tree Market in OB a couple weeks ago. I hope this is a rendition of Old Inventory from Steve when he was at Valley Brewing. Clear ruby brown with a one finger beige head, swirly with decent retention. Caramel, toffee, toast and bourbon (the old delicious oxidized type, not a fresh boozy barrel) blend pretty well, as the latter two temper the sweetness of the first. Digging a bit deeper some dark ripe figs with a tinge of prunes comes forth with a bit of vanilla and cream. The flavor adds a slightly harsher booze presence, and even adding a little roast moving towards the finish. A bit boozy in the finish (doesn’t even try to hide its 10.5%), as the bourbon is becoming of the more fresh persuasion (maybe young is a better term, as opposed to my earlier statement on the aroma). The finish is bone dry with bitterness peaking at a 2-3, faint char showing up way way way late. Low carbonation with a full body. Still pretty good, but I’m glad I have one bottle for the cellar/base/ment/closet/windowsill(joke) to save for a year or so to see if this mellows. jazz88 (2680) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle. A dark brown color with a tan head. Intense raisin, dates, toffee, and caramel aromas. Smooth and sweet with a toasted malts.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Big spirited aroma of bourbon on this one and that follows through in the flavor. After you get accustomed to it, coconut and vanilla comes into the picture. Sampled at collaboration LA at the Belasco theater. illidurit (2341) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 16, 2012
On tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Pours opaque dark brown with crimson corners. Pruney iodine aroma with some evident booze, maybe a little raisin. Not the best aroma, nor is it very robust. Flavor is much better. Earthy chocolate with burnt brown sugar, a touch of soy, and a buttery toasted coconut finish. Not sure if this is bourbon barrel aged but it sure seems like it. A sweet warming beer that captures the English style pretty well. Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle from K&L several years ago.
A: Mahogany body with a few bubbles hitting the sides of the glass. Firm creme colored head and a touch of lacing.
N: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee, some char, more woodiness. Leaves and earth. Some leather and red licorice.
T: Very, very bitter. Outlined by sweetness, but this does not strike me as "English-style".
M: Medium body, slightly sticky, hidden alcohol. Light, creamy level of carbonation.
O: Decent barleywine. Some good flavors harmed by an overabundance of hops. About a tie with Mother of All Storms, even if the latter is way too damn sweet and this one is more balanced. neepsntatties (1990) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle courtesy of "hannont". Colour... Dark amber with no head. Nose... Bourbon and brown sugared dates. Palate...light CO2, a little oxidation but otherwise quite bitter with light molasses, Bourbon liqueur, sailor jack and a somewhat thin mouthfeel, though it does not distract from an otherwise enjoyable experience. rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2012
A nicely made brew. Love the deep color and creamy head. Really nice roasted barley taste.