kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of Ryan. Thanks a ton, dude. Pours an oily, dark brown color with a thin perimeter of light-tan bubbles; an oily, viscous, heavy pour. Gorgeous, dense aroma: dried dark fruits, maple syrup and toasty, soft bourbon notes; intensely generous, sweet without being sticky, and a gorgeous caramel / soft viscous bourbon character, with a touch of roasted meats / smoked malts; awesome nose. Full, impressively dense mouthfeel: soft carbonation; lots of dried dark fruits, caramel, and maple syrup; the bourbon character is soft, toasty, slight vanilla presence, and lots of sweet dried fruits; beautifully aged at this point, with a touch of dried caramel coming through, seeming like oxidation (though light); remarkably drinkable and well-integrated; a touch of sour-mash character from the bourbon, adding a bit of acidity; minimal alcohol, if any, which is pretty sweet for 14.5% beer; I could drink a ton of this, and will likely never get the chance to. Awesome, perfectly blended stuff. A touch of smoked meat and smokiness / charred malts. Long finish: sweet, intricate bourbon, dried dark fruits, and maple syrup; great bourbon barrel aging serving to restrain a previously unhinged barley wine. This is how barrel aging should go. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Holy mackarel! Thanks to goryshkewych for this bottle. This was amazing! Pours slightly hazy orange-copper with an off-white head. Nose is cotton candy, roast, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, slight brandy, raisin, almost no booze, and lots of wonder. Flavor is virtually the same and lingers with sugar, fruit, brandy, and raisins. Exceptional barleywine. wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
2009 courtesy of xmarcnolanx, thanks man! wow. this thing is huge, and scarily smooth. tastes like backwoods and utopias or something, crazy delicious! great finish, warm and fuzzy mouthfeel, great beer. msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2011
2012. Just bottled and shared by Brad at Kuhnhenn. Pours dark toffee colored brown with small tan head. Aromas of sweet caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, and coconut. Smelled amazing. Probably the best aroma I have ever experienced in a beer. Flavor of sweet caramel, rich bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and some molasses. There is some heat, but is insanely drinkable for such a big beer. Sweet and bourbony. So complex. Awesome beer. detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Pours an opaque dark brown, with deep auburn tones. Almost no head, but somehow it maintains decent lacing throughout the glass. With an aroma full of sweet dark malt, molasses, vanilla, and bourbon, this just may be the best smelling beer ever. Seriously. Although I was very eager to drink it, I really was content just to sit there and sniff it. And every time I did, I just smiled and smiled. And I wasn’t even lit. Yet.
The flavor is full of caramel, sweet toffee, bitter oak, vanilla, and a huge raisin presence. And of course, bourbon. The bourbon flavor is oaky and almost cherry like straight into the finish, where it gives way to a straight mild bourbon aftertaste.
Nice full body, gently carbonated, and emminently deceptive in its masking of the alcohol presence. By far the best bourbon beer I have ever had.
This beer is changing the way I think of bourbon barrel beers. Although I do like them, my appreciation for them has always been along the lines of "interesting, tasty, but let’s move on to something else." I think for the first time I am experiencing the bourbon flavor as such an integral component of the overall character, rather than just a tasty ’added extra.’
This beer might even teach me to like bourbon. Uh oh
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2007
12’er. What nectar. Dark brown color. Outstanding aroma. Astonishingly complex flavor of absorbed wood (coconut, vanilla, soaked wood, light whiskey) and heavy malt (an array of cinnamon covered fruit, caramel and toffee. Very, very smooth. If anyone has any bottles of this for trade, I am willing to trade heavily for it. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 Rating #1100wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Purchased at the brewery a few months back. I’ve been looking forward to trying this. The aroma can be detected from across the room. There is a great play between dark fruity goodness, sweet caramel, hints of alcohol and woody bourbon-ness. The flavor is a sweet kiss on the lips with figs, dates, minced raisins soaking in molasses and an absolutely delicious river of caramel candy. A pleasant warming sensation does show up around the finish. Competing with the barleywine flavors but a couple notches below in strength is a bourbon and wood sensation. Very nice compliment creating an enjoyable experience. The after taste is a mix of dark fruit, caramel and hints of wood. The only knock I could find would be the body. It’s a bit too thin. Sure hope they plan on making more this next winter.
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. 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. beernbourbon (1592) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle shared by John at DLD pre-party, thanks man. Pour is insanely viscous deep rich caramel color with a very very thin ring of white bubbles. This pours like maple syrup, my god it looks good. Aroma is way huge toffee malt with loads of brown sugar and light bourbon. Palate = awesome and smooth. Flavor is also like maple syrup with notes of bourbon and almost no alcohol to be found. Hell yes.