madvike (3305) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2010
Sampled at GTMW 2010, poured by a dude in a spaceman suit and a jetpack keg on his back. Pours deep amber with next to no head. Sweet butterscotch and toffee on the nose. Sweet as hell and just a bit of burn. Taste is sweet and caramelly, with butterscotch, dark chocolate, and a decent amount of sharp heat. They were billing this as rocket fuel, and to be honest it had a bit of that component. I guess it’s 14.5%, but it still had a fair amount of sharpness. Syrupy and smooth, just as you’d expect. Had high hopes for this, but left feeling a little underwhelmed. blutt59 (6598) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
on tap from the spaceman, dark brown color with no foam, aroma of honey, caramel corn, flavors of sweet smokey toffee and whiskey presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2010
2005 bottle sampled 2010. No head. Dark brown. Huge nose; brown sugar, molasses and alcohol. Does not appear to have kept up well over 5 years. More terriyaki than soy. Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Shared at a Tampa crew tasting 7-22-2010. Pleasant bourbon barrel notes, caramel, vanilla. The moderate sweetness was spot on. Great brew. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Bottle (2009) thanks to mattolesh. Pours with a clear bronze color and minimal head. Aroma of coconut milk, caramel, vanilla, nougat and decadence. Taste is vanilla, nougat, caramel. Very chewy. Really awesome. Medium carbonation, pretty slick!
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2010
12oz bottle. 2005 vintage. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head which dissipated quickly. Nose is of rich, dark fruit and bourbon. The bourbon is not overpowering, but complimentary in this. Taste is of dark fruits and bourbon. Very complex. Mouthfeel started off medium-thin, but progressed to chewy and dry. Hmmm. Interesting. Some alcohol noticeable. Very nice. j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2010
On tap at the Blind Tiger. Pours a hazed copper brown with no head. Light cinnamon, raisins, plums, and old malt. Smells a lot like a mince meat pie. Vanilla, hints of chocolate and figs. Chocolate and raisins, dripping in caramel. Long tingly caramel hits the gums, spicy and big warm alcohol on the ridiculously long finish. For ~15% ABV this drinks like less, but not a whole lot less. bleeng (1705) - Houston not near Beersel., Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2010
2005 bottle thanks to maltomeal at the Houston July RB tasting. Poured dark brown with a small head. Nose is very alcoholic, chocolatey, caramel with some fruity notes (!). Taste of soy, chocolate, sweetness-very complex. Dry but effervescent. Very smooth. Excellent! callmemickey (4561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 2009 Release
A: Amber brown body. Fairly clear. Moderate light tan head. Quickly receded but remained as a skim for the duration. Spotty lacing throughout.
S: Dangerously sweet. Like warm maple syrup. Quite a bit of bourbon with its oak and vanilla companion notes. Caramel, brown sugar, and raisins fill out the sweet maltiness. Subtle spicy underbelly.
T: All of the notes from the nose are here, but the sweetness has mellowed out. Bourbon, oak and vanilla are up front paired with a slight booze blast. Caramel, molasses, brown sugar, raisins, and a hint of citrus. Some earthy/spicy hop bitterness. Well balanced between the booze/malt/hops.
M: Moderate-heavy bodied with near ideal carbonation. Only a slight booze burn (considering the 14.5% ABV, this is impressive). Clean finish, with a bit of bitterness and only a little lingering sweetness. Manages to deliver an incredible amount of sweetness from start to finish but never crosses the line and becomes cloying.
O: Slow drinking, but that should be no surprise. Deliciously complex with a good body = top tier bourbon aged barleywine. I’d imagine aging this brew would only improve the balance and help bring out additional layers of flavor. tgncc (3144) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2010
the aroma is fruity, boozy, malty, very enticing. The appearance is a deep red, white head. The flavor is fruity, bready, boozy. Surprisingly light on bourbon. The finish is piney ghpos. hicky, syrupy mothfeel. Excellent.