Sarlacc83 (2439) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2017
Tap at HUB. 2009 vintage aged for 7 years in Heaven Hill bourbon.
Dark reddish brown with a thin creme head lingering at the edge of the glass.
N: Gigantic caramel, marshmallow, vanilla, and toffee on top of the nose. Toasted biscuit. Lots of oak and bourbon. Some raisin and prune backed by clove and maraschino cherries. Leather and tobaccom
T: Big, but gentle sweetness. Light hopping bitterness that has mostly faded. The barrel is astoundingly well integrated; adding lushness like that of HotD Matt.
M: Medium heavy body with a bit of stickiness. Light alcohol touch. Soft carbonation.
O: Wow beer. It has a velvet fisted punch but it is just all around beautifully aged and barrelled. Did not expect it to be this good. BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Fred Fest 2009 – Portland, ORboFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Aroma: Big Bourbon and oak flavoring along with the fruity sweet malt.
Appearance: Dark Brown in color, Clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Malty sweet this was a big beer. Tons of alcohol, fruit and bourbon flavoring.
Palate: Dry Bourbon, fruit sweet finish, with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall: This was awesome beer the flavor was right in my mind. I love the strong barrel flavoring.
Holiday Ale Fest 08... Poured hazy amber with a beige head. Fruity and floral aroma. Silky palate that left a little bit of a syrupy residue on the tongue. Sweet alcohol with hops, malt, and a clean sweet finish. Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Not quite to style for a barley wine. SRM was more like a pale than a Barleywine. A little more hops than you’d expect. But for a NW style BW, it’s pretty darn good. A sweet malt and hop aroma, wonderful full, candy, and uber-smooth mouthfeel. Taste was abundant yet balanced! Cybercat (6343) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Pours hazy golden with eggshell head. Malty aroma has strong hard candy note. Flavor has malty, hoppy, fruity and bourbon-like tones. Texture is firm and smooth, if not overly fizzy
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours slightly hazy deep gold with thin off white head. It has a pleasing aroma of dark fruity esters and toffee/butterscotch that works well here. I also get mild roasted malts too. The taste is much the same with a pulse of dark fruity esters followed by toffee and butterscotch that quickly becomes too much by midway. It becomes smooth and dry into the finish. The toffee is a bit too much for me right now, likely based on some palate fatigue.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Interesting barleywine, comparing the barrel aged and regular is interesting. The bourbon barrel was really strong, heavy bourbon takes it over. Lots of citrus still comes through, sort of candy like sweetness to the fruity flavor up front. bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Draft. Amber beer with an off-white head. Hoppy pine aroma with sweet malt. Caramel and brown sugar flavor with sweet malt and pine backing. Medium-plus bodied. Caramel and pine lingers with some earthiness and slight citrus. leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Tap. Dark brown, thin tan head. Aroma is sweet malts; flavor is sweet malt with caramel, light hop, fruitiness, bourbon, alcohol is there too.