cruik (24) - - JAN 5, 2018 Dogbrick (14287) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at the brewpub. The beer pours black with a thin beige head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate and malt. Full-bodied with a bourbon character and flavors of oak, caramel malt and a bit of dark fruit. The finish is boozy with an oaky, malty aftertaste. Good overall.
Pours viscous with little to no head. A clear, deep reddish amber. The smell has dark cherry, fig, and raisin. The alcohol is present in the nose and the tongue on first taste. Bourbon, Caramel, and molasses as well. Despite the lack of head (even when poured in an upright shaker), the beer is nicely carbonated. The noticeable hoppy bitterness does little to balance the sweetness. A big, syrupy beer reminiscent of cough syrup when the taste of alcohol pokes through. Brentv (686) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 7, 2016
On the Brick Store Pub cellared sampler. Dark chestnut pour. Plum and toffee and brown sugar candy. Sweet. Medium full mouthfeel. Nice barleywine. Palme (4856) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 11, 2014
On tap @ Rattle N Hum NYC as "Barrel aged Gnarleywine". Not much of a head on this one. The little foam that was present at first has quickly disappeared. The beer itself is deep dark brown one, almost red in a way. On the nose it has lots of lovely alcohol! Really bourbon infected with both vanilla and booze. Damn, this smells nice. Strong, sticky and really intense. Yeah, this is one of those really good beers. It has a strong sticky mouthfeel and a soft prickling carbonation level. Lots of strong sticky fruity flavors. Vanilla and wood, booze with dates, figs and nuts. The bourbon has completely taken over this one! Not to much, but still it’s nearing a bourbon monster. Really mouthdrying nut-zesty finish and aftertaste in this with lots of sweet brown sugar. Well, a flavor bomb like I haven’t tastes in quite a while. Really nice! 11.06.2013 ads135 (5207) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 20, 2014
A very nice barleywine. Pours very dark with a thick brown head. Lots of plum, some chocolate and vanilla. illidurit (2356) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a brownish red with a small tan head. Aroma is rich sweet spirit notes, boozy, woody and slightly tart. Flavor is awesome, chocolate-covered caramel, See’s candies, vanilla, honey, milkshakes. Real good. DocJitsu (2059) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
I had this beer at the SLO Xtreme beerfest. It pours a cloudy dark sorghum color with a foamy taupe/tan head. It demonstrates excellent head retention. Chocolate syrup aroma. Viscous, with chocolate syrup up front that yields to hints of coconut. My friend even called it piña coloda. This beer is a lot of fun. Not something one would imbibe all evening, but a shifter after a steak and potato dinner would hit the spot. MadRobin (2989) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2012
On tap 5 oz. sample at RDF near Gallery Place in Washington, DC.
Clear, copper, amber orange with pale, thin head and good lacing.
Aroma of sweet caramel, toffee, whiskey and vanilla.
Taste of bourbon, brown sugar, rich thick caramel, toffee and alcohol.
Very full body and light carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone baraciisch (3436) - California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Hazy caramel brown in color... Aroma of bourbon and caramel sweetness... Flavor is rich in caramel, sugar, candied dates and bourbon and oak... Didn’t think the gnarly wine could get any better... BVery (11458) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Tap at Lagunitas. Murky brown pour with a white ring head. Bourbon, wood, vanilla, and toffee on the nose. Fuller palate. Taste is rich bourbon, toffee, and wood. Killer.