jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle shared w/ J, K, and Simon at the 6/27 Del Mar Doom. Thanks Derek! F me...this is unreal. Silly, stupid, ridiculous. You know those beers you crack, sniff, and laugh? What you’d expect in the nose - but to perfection. Oak, bourbon, sweet malt/toffee, mellowed and powerful. Flavor boasts PLUM, sweet (a good sweet), oak, bourbon, raisin, toffee, candy apple, caramel, slight roast in the finish ... a really pleasant heat. Palate is aged to perfection and soft... beginning to push the limits of a "beer". This was a ’wow’ type beer in every way. You guys should probably make this again. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of bourbon, booze, sugary. Tastes cloying with maple, cognac, fruit, some sigar and molasses dominating. Lubiere (14240) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2009
A dark brownish barley wine with no head. In aroma, brown sugar mixed with aniseed, treacle, and nice warming alcohol. In mouth, a porto beer with licorice, honey, maple, and warming alcohol. A rich and smooth barley wine. Tasted at Mondiale 2007. tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Pours brown with brown head. Huge toffee and hop nose. Fantastic blend of toffee and booze. Thick but drinkable. lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Not as bad as someone might think. The bourbon is so well controlled it works wonders with this brew. Its still in there and works right along with the 14.5%, but its not really offensive and you can enjoy the beer without having to deal with it. Sweet and malty with a big bourbon finish, this was another treat from the Winter Michigan Beer Fest.
dalekliz (927) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Bottle sampled at WeeHeavySDs 2000th rating party, thanks Jon! Pours a clear dark amber-brown with no real head. Intense aroma, of sweet malt, lots of bourbon, wood, dark fruit, and molasses. Huge sweet taste, of malt, sticky molasses, wood and something like papaya. Lingering huge sweet bourbon flavor. Fantastic. bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Had at the winter solstice last year. I had written down that it was actually brandy barrel but maybe it was aged in both. Poured a cloudy brown color with not much head at all to it. Aroma was a lot of bourbon/brandy and caramel maltiness. Flavor was real sweet and some alcohol showed. Lingered in the mouth. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Bottle courtesy of masonjer poured into a snifter. I cant thank Jeremy enough for the opportunity to try this rarity.
Pours a dark murky reddish brown with little head outside of a small ring of bubbles that leaves very little remnants.
The aroma is massive and just explodes out of the glass. It has hints of citrus up front but the caramel malts, toffee and brown sugar really dominate. There are hints of dark fruits, bourbon and vanilla as well, though very subtle.
The taste has the same dominant malt backbone with tons of caramel malts and brown sugar. The wood makes itself felt a little more in the taste with some vanilla hints and the finish has a huge bourbon burn that lingers between sips.
The mouthfeel is extremely slick and just coats the mouth with bourbon and sugary sweetness. The carbonation is almost non-existent.
This is a damn fine barleywine and one that Ive been looking to try for a while. I got hints of oxidation in the taste but thats really just nitpicking with such a great beer. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 Bottle. Ive had this 3 times, twice on draft once in a bottle at Kuhnhenn. The bottle was logarithmically better than its draft offering.
An incredible balanced marriage of sweet dark fruits and oaky bourbon. Everything i love about beer was woven together in this BW. A rich viscous butter of dark plum, caramel, raisins, dates. Leading into a full robust oaky, scotch bourbon warming. Phenominal, this is my justification of craft ale. wetherel (1899) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Wow. Thanks Jon! Tasted at Jon’s 2000th tasting. I’ve been waiting a while to try this, drooling at it in Jon’s mini fridge. Excellent aroma. Crazy good. Rich buttery oaky brown sugar. sweet. Tastes as good as it smells.