badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2010
2009. Brett. From Wavers1. Thanks! Ruddy, reddish brown. Dark, cloudy and beautiful. Aroma of sour funk (brett), tart cherry, charred caramel, and cola. Big oaky flavor. Massive wood, raisin, fig and bread. The big brett captured in nose is more subtle, as the flavor is more heavily dominated by the ten month bourbon aging. A simply beautiful version of a barley wine style I don’t enjoy as much as many do. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 5, 2010
22oz bottle shared by Sean (DuffManSW), thanks big time bro. Rating #40. Very clear dark amber/red color with a light tan head. Tart and fruity aroma, I wasn’t sure which one this was till I smelled it, brett version for sure. Sweet and fruity flavor, very mellow at first until the alcohol started to heat up the back of my throat, but still very smooth with not a lot of tartness at all, this if pretty freaking delicious. Thanks again Sean. (1420) dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle shared by daknole. Pours deep brown with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of toffee/caramel, oak, bourbon, leather and apparently I called it... pineapple. It’s very strange but intriguing. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of vanilla and a touch of funk. Overall body is moderate and soft with a touch of warming alc. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to psiweaver for a chance to try this. I think I’m reviewing the correct one. It has the same "2009 Bourbon Barrel Aged for Ten Months" sticker as the pic.
3.5 A: Super dark brown color. Nearly black. One and a half fingers of fizzy beige head that falls quickly and doesn’t leave any lacing.
4.0 S: Yep, this is the brett one. That was easy enough to figure out. Lots of funk in there and also some fairly assertive acetic acid. Perhaps the brett brought a few friends along as I’ve never had this much acid from brett alone. Brett is horsey and barnyard and with the bourbon there is leather, oak, and vanilla. I can’t smell much of the underlying barleywine except for some plum and raisin fruitiness. The funk and bourbon are the main attraction here. As the beer warms a bit, caramel and toffee maltiness comes out as well as stronger bourbon aroma.
5.0 T: Wow. I’m really amazed at how well this beer comes together in the taste. I thought it would be a mess, but it’s anything but. Somehow the brett, bourbon, and barleywine form a holy union of deliciousness. Barnyard funk is a perfect complement to the leather, oak, and vanilla bourbon. I never would have guess that to be the case. The acetic acid in the nose is hard to come by in the taste and I think it’s absence is for the best. The barleywine gets to shine alongside the bourbon and funk this time. Rich toffee and caramel. Plum, raisin, currant, and perhaps even some black cherry. Booze is barely noticeable, but it’s presence is well received.
4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very creamy and very smooth. No problems here.
5.0 D: This is one hell of a beer. There’s so much right with nothing wrong. Unlike a lot of bourbon barrel brews, the bourbon in this is complementary and doesn’t steal the show. The addition of funk played out better than I ever could have imagined.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-04-2010 04:40:11 wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Tasted on 12/17/11 from a waxed and capped 22oz bomber bottle sent to me in a trade by wavers1. Pours deep, hazy, copper brown, with an average tan head that slowly recedes to very thin, spotty lace. The nose is a nice mixture of dry brett and caramel/maple malt, vanilla, and bourbon. The flavor is lightly sweet with maple, caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla up front, moving to a ton of dry, spicy, barnyard brett, and bourbon. The body is full with a somewhat creamy texture, light carbonation, and a long, caramel, whiskey, and dry brett finish.
nimbleprop (8922) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2012
22oz bottle pours a hazy, caramel brown with some cloudy off white head. Nose has caramel, red wine vinegar, sour cherries, ketchup, light wood, some vanilla. Sweet caramel flavor, cereal, vanilla, cherries, coconut, some strawberry, cake icing, brown sugar, wood pulp, toasted oak, some rum. Medium bodied, smooth, sweet, tart finish. Really good. IrishBoy (4252) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Bomber from iowaherkeye. Nose is berries, bretty funk, toffee, and bourbon. Clear very dark brown with a medium tan head. Flavor is toffee, fruity, light sweetness, only a slight bit of brett, and candisugar. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2010 22oz bottle from Joey... Pours a dark muddy caramel brown with lighter brown edges and a thin light beige head... Nice bretty aroma right off the bat with tart pineapply Brett with an underlying sweet bourbon barrel Qnd vanilla component. Really nice aroma... Flavors are predominantly sweet with the underlying barleywine with bourbon barrel notes and some less subtle hints of fruity pineapply Brett character. A little boozy but still quite nice overall. As others said or at least my immediate party, well balanced between Brett, bourbon, and the base beer. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2010
(22oz bottle dipped in red wax, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted coconut, bourbon, grass, cherry, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, raisins, toasted bread, and subtle butterscotch. Flavor of bourbon, cherry, wood, coconut, earth, caramel, toffee, chocolate, some pineapple, burnt toast, and raisins with a dry finish. rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Pours a nice dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is faded hops, oak barrels bourbon and a touch of funk. Flavor is oak, barrels, bourbon, caramel, faded hops, a touch of funkiness. Very well done.