adamah (214) - California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
The bourbon dominates the aroma althought there is a hint of vanilla and alcohol. It pours a dark with a decent amount of white head. It is very sweet, some mild bitterness and a sharp alcoholic bite. Not quite my cup of tea but a decent beer.
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewpub. They wouldn’t serve this in flights, so after quite a few beers I ended up getting stuck drinking a 14oz pour of 12% BBA barleywine. Yikes! Nice dark brown pour. Overwhelming bourbon, vanilla aroma, sweet and biscuity. Punchy, powerful malt sweetness, yet in a way surprisingly restrained. As expected for the style. A decent effort at a hard style.