notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2008 [I’ve had the pleasure of having this beer several more times, and each time it just gets worse - it’s still good, but the wow moment I had at first just isn’t happening anymore - oxidation and booziness have started to become noticeable qualities] EBF 2007 - this was one of the highlights of the fest for me - there were lots of bourbon-aged beers, but this was one of the few that was done right - dark brownish red with small head of large bubbles (almost looks like it’s out of the cask) - complex aroma of vanilla, oak, toffee, some fruity esters (cherries), bourbon (though it doesn’t dominate) - lots of wet wood and vanilla in the flavor, with subdued notes of whiskey (though not boubon specifically), without being boozy - very heavy and chewy - rather than washing out the barleywine characteristics (heavy caramel and toffee with light fruity esters), the woodiness melts into the background adding a gentle, earthy touch to what I’m sure was already an outstanding beer - amazing. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2007
Thanks to the Atlanta crew for sharing. Medium dark amber, head fades quickly. Nose is bourbon - vanilla, fruit, alcohol, rich caramel, peach. Flavor is caramel, vanilla, burbon, rich milk, alcohol, honey. Fruity caramel finish. TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Bottle from Hopscotch consumed at Carolina Crew tasting St. Patty’s 2007. Thanks for the hookup Eric! I was pretty faded by the time we got to this baby, but it still made its own unique impact on my palate. Nose and flavor are strong and bold: sticky bourbon, sweet malts, brown sugar, alcohol. Chewy, thick palate. A lot like the other two big Kuhnhenn brews I’ve had. Never short on flavor or on packing the punch. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Bottle from Sam shared at the Carolina Crew tasting. Thanks. This one followed BA old salty, and arctic devil, so needless to say the expectations were set high for it. Pours out a dark brown to red color with a little bit of a head. The smell is sweet and sticky, with some notes of vanilla and bourbon. Some oak flavors too. Flavor is sticky and sweet and there is a little bit of an alcohol burn, but not enough to be unpleasant. Taste is not full of bourbon but just a good balance to make the beer interesting. Good stuff from this brewpub. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Bottled. Poured a very deep, murky brown with blood red highlights and really no chance for head survival. The aroma was oh-so powerful... dark fruits, toffee, and chewy caramel with a huge smack of bourbon and related barrel influence (vanilla and toasted oak)... sweet and warm, with no overt alcohol notes... smoky tobacco emerged as this approached room temp.
Terminus (3716) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2007
The flavor carried some vinous and berry fruitage, bourbon-laced caramel, and accents of vanilla and oak from the barrel... light smoke and woody bitterness... tingly sharper fruit at points toward the back. Thick and warm all the way on the palate... never cloying.. lovely bourbon integration. Enjoyed this one much!
bottle-thanks to vyvvy for sharing this one and thanks to hopscotch for sending it his way! pours meaty amber/copper with no head to speak of. WOW, now thats a sweet bourbon bomb if i ever wiffed one. Anybody with Diabetes would die if they drank this one. an onslaught of bourbon and sweet caramel malt with tons of dark fruit. reminds me of that barrel aged trippelbock they made. I dunno-this is too much for me. im glad i only had such a small sample. tons of alcoholic sweetness with carmel and light roast. Big sticky body here with tons of alcohol. good but not something i would ever have again. TaktikMTL (7975) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2007
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille de 12 oz, au Mondial de la Bière 2007 (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Odeur de caramel et d’alcool boisé. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Saveur: Goût de petits fruits foncés et de vanille. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de caramel chaleureux en arrière goût. (Rating # 1070) puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. I didn’t even really want to drink this, but I felt I must, it being so close to the top 50 and all. It didn’t disappoint, but it sure as hell was unexpected. I’m not sure if one would call this a unique take on a barleywine or just a barleywine gone wrong, but the intensely fruity nature of this beer was totally out of left field. Fruit sweetness was not cloying but still very sticky on the lips. Plum, cherry, molasses, with no bourbon or oak to be found. Throw some pineapple and candy apple in there and you’ve got this beer. Surprisingly drinkable. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 12, 2008
12oz bottle. Big boozy nose with raisin and vanilla aromas supporting the bourbon. I will also swear to have detected a whiff of cheddar cheese. Poured a hazy dark orange color with a thin light tan head. Didn’t taste at all as I had anticipated. I tasted controlled bourbon, but there was also distinct lemon up front and some bitter almond at the end. It was medium bodied and both sweet and acidic. Interesting barley wine. 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.