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. Sammy (12387) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 Mondiale 2007. Dark brown body with amber highlights. A great soapy white head. Very fresh tasting, vanilla and caramel. A very good bourbon barrel effort, and a great matchup of barleywine. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2010
12oz bottle, vintage 2009, RBWG. Small beige head atop murky dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, some Bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, some Bourbon. Smooth medium-full body, low carbonation, wouldn’t guess it had such a high ABV. redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
Rich sherry and caramel aromas with great vanilla notes. Pours a reddish amber with no head. Creamy vanilla with caramel, very smooth, finishes sweet and spicy with alcohol notes. Awesome sipping beer!
booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Mmmm. Quite nice. I had this at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Buttery, scotchy, and generally overpowering. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2004
2004 Great Taste of the Midwest. Dark brown/amber body. Orange and licorice with some spicy vinous qualities. Pretty good. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Tap. Deep brown color. Thin head fades quickly and leaves no lacing. Rich malty and fruity aroma. Bourbon notes a abundant. Raisiny flavors. Very nice. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2007
From a 12oz Bottle. Pours a transparent, ruddy tobacco-y color, nearly still, with a thin wisp of bubbly off-white head. Rich, perfumy aroma thats brimming with loads of bourbony rich fruits. Caramelized strawberries, sticky raisins, and a splash of mexican vanilla bean rises splendidly from the glass, dripping with bourbony prunes. Some scotchy alcohols rise like a drunken old timer’s breath that leans in close to impart a tidbit of foggy knowledge. Medium bodied, light to zero carbonation in the mouthfeel. Sweet, but not cloying or sticky. Flavors of rum soaked cherries and brown sugar encrusted virginia tobacco leaves start out the palate. Some subtle vanilla and more bourbon warm at the finish, although not unpleasantly hot. A little bit on the sweet side; could use a bit more carbonation to liven it up somewhat, as well as some dry woody barrel notes to balance the sticky bourbon characters. Great flavors and aroma that would work well as an after dinner digestif. Thanks for sharing, Chris! vyvvy (6524) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Huge thanks to Hopscotch for sending this rare gem my way. Pours dark bronze with no head. The aroma has lots of dark caramel, vanilla, alcohol, light wood and sweet chocolate. Medium / thick body that is very slick and cloying with no carbonation. The flavor starts with sweet malty caramel, alcohol and dark berries. The finish has even more berry character with a good amount of toffee. There is also some wood and vanilla. Very well done beer.