JaBier (8027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Small pour at the Jackie O’s 7th Anniversary Extravaganza. Opaque brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel candy, spice and rum. Malty flavor with rum, chocolate and caramel before a roasty finish. Very nice. JStax (6898) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Poured on draft. Pours a darker, hazy brown color with a thin, beige head of foam. The aroma is heavy with rum, but that nice nutty note from the base beer still comes through nicely. Taste is rum booziness with a lot of sweetness. Heavy on the palate. Another Brick Kiln homerun. Tmoney99 (14609) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Draft sample. Poured clear reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy chocolate malt, dark fruit and rum alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet rum finish of moderate to long duration. This is a better version standout Dogbrick (13144) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Sample at the brewpub. The beer pours a dark brown color with some ruby around the edges, and a medium beige head that dissipates steadily to a film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted nuts, caramel malt and coconut. Full-bodied with flavors of sweet malt, rum and chocolate-covered nuts. The finish is mildly boozy with a rum and chocolate aftertaste. Enjoyable beer all around. tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a nice creamy head leaving some lace. Aroma is rummy a bit vanilla malty a bit sweet and fruity. Flavor is sweet rummy malty a bit roasted bitter and has a peppery touch, good balance. Nice bitter roasted sweet finish.
Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle thanks to JStax ! Pours a deep hazy copper brown color with a couple fingers of eggshell foam. The nose has alot of spicy rum notes, vanilla, warm sweet spice, brown sugar and some date fruit. The palate is direct and sweet with a nice complexity lying under the initial sweetness. The carbonation and the mouthfeel make this beer a shining example of a smooth pleasant barley wine as some many others get so viscous and sticky and this one has a bit of a refreshing edge to it. Nice soft notes that follow the nose nicely molasses, coconut, dates, milk chocolate and pecan pie.... really solid beer. Thanks again Jstax. jcartamdg (3470) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Pours a dark brown with no head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, vanilla and rum. Taste is malty, sweet caramel, chocolate and rum. Finishes with vanilla and oak. Nice full body, very smooth only slight booze which is crazy for a barrel aged barley wine this fresh.
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Bomber to snifter (thanks DrSilverworm). Looks good; a dark, fairly opaque brown with beige lacing. Smells good too; sweet and boozy with a nice rum barrel presence and notes of vanilla. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer! DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2013
22oz bottle, shared. 2012 vintage, bottle 211/216. Hazy brown color. Thin creamy khaki head. Leaves lots of dots of lace. Really nice rum barrel, toasty caramel malt, brown sugar aroma in the nose. Nice creamy texture, bigger body, good burnt brown sugar. Some chocolate. Nice bitter sweet taste, light bite. Nice light boozy warmth in the finish, works well with the rum barrel aromas... Just a light bite. Very tasty barleywine to sip and savor. alexsdad06 (10473) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Draft sample during 7th Anny. Pours a murky brown color with a small creamy beige head. The aroma and flavor have rum soaked caramel, vanilla, wood, light toasted nuts, touch of roast, hints of earth with a touch of bitterness to the finish. Great sipper, finishes on the dry side. Probably less rum influence than the bourbon influence in the other.