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 (6526) - 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.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle sampled on 3/12/07: Pours a transparent copper orange with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet aged caramel malt with a big earthy, toasty butterscotch vanilla character. Body starts with a viscous sticky caramel sweetness with some brown sugar and raisin complexity toward a very warming sweet viscous finish. A nice barleywine, but a little over the top, cloying and alcoholic. Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Big thanks to Ibrew2or3 for sharing this treat.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2007
This beer pours a brown body with some red highlights, very still with no head. Nose of malts, candied sugars, dark fruits and some heat from the alcohol. Flavor is sweet, notes of vanilla, bourbon and plums, finishing with a very slight burn. Palate is thin to medium, lightly astringent. Finish is medium lenght and slightly sweet. Nice brew.
Pours a slightly cloudy brown color with a ring of offwhite lace. Complex aroma of mild hops, malt, bourbon and mild alcohol. Solid flavor of malt, bourbon, mild hops and mild alcohol with a bitter finish, very intense but pleasant to drink.The body is medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 2006 Barley Wine in bottle. Clean mahogany hue with a small foamy ring and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of plum, mango and starfruit esters, sweet honey, bready and caramel malts, herbal and resiny hops. Was this dry-hopped or something prior to re-release for it is shockingly hoppier than any of us expected. Besides the hop forward taste I also got tropical fruit, sweet caramel, toffee, mint leaves and a hint of clove on the finish. Warming and biting with a sticky mouth feel, astringent finish. This is really nice and I still wanted to know what is up with the bitterness. Glad I got one bottle for later. 3fourths (9350) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Bourbon barrel: Tasted at the Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice: Deep murky brown with a minimal amount of bubbles but oily upon the glass. The aroma has a big woody and bourbon character with some wet grains, molasses, caramel, and herbal hop vapours. The taste has an oxidized and cardboard tone up front with notes of prune, chocolate, caramel, anise, clove, and plenty of bourbon barrel. The mouth feel is sharp and biting, lush and dry. Seems a bit too long in the barrel IMO.
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 Draft special at the solstice party. Someone said this was the bourbon barrel and then the brandy barrel. I’m not sure. It could have been both because I’d seen old ales and barley wines on bourbon come off a little fruity/sweet like this. This one smells downright amazing, with a huge red grape and plum and wine-stained oak note along with some bread and peat notes in the nose. Lots of wood tannins at play, and slightly oxidized. Very low carbonation, sweet, spicy, velvety, very amazing. Reminds me of sherry, sour brown ales, red wine, and potpourri.