MetalNHopHead (2214) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 24, 2016 TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with wet tan lacing. Nose is raisin, wood, sweet spice, rum and caramel. Thick and chewy with a hot, sharp tang. Taste is chocolate, rum, cane sugar and plum. Rich and boozy. A nice sipper.
A rum barrel-aged barleywine isn’t something I’ve had before but kudos to NBC because it’s a damn good idea. Brown color. Despite having a fair amount of age, this beer still had a big booze aroma. Toasted sugar and subtle fruit notes. Flavor was boozy sweet - for a Barleywine this was on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of aggression and bitterness. It’s definitely NOT on the lower end of the spectrum where body and alcohol warmth are concerned. While I’m partial to Nebraska’s Fathead, this variant is very well done. HuskerTan (2403) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Bottle. pineypower (3346) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2016
A- Raisins, rum, butterscotch, boozy, dark fruits, subtle green apple.
A- Reddish brown color, hazy liquid, light brown head.
T- Booze, burnt caramel, dark fruits.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish.
O- Lots of booze and dark fruits, mostly raisins. Some butterscotch and caramel intertwined. This is all with almost two years of age. I can’t imagine fresh. This would be a booze bomb.
Bottle. Pours out a darker caramel color with a small, fading off white head. Aroma is of some toffee, caramel, light wood, molasses, brown sugar, dried fruit, some sticky syrup, alcohol. Taste is much the same, toffee, butterscotch, light vanilla, wood, sweet syrup, molasses, some fruity notes, earth, sweet rum and light booze. Definitely solid but not sure of it was worth the price of admission. WillRunForBeer (2782) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2016
750ml bottle from Adrien, brought by AirForceHops. Thanks, guys! Pours medium brown with a scant beige head. Aroma is caramel, butterscotch, rum, oak. Flavor is sweet, caramel, butter toffee. Mild rum in the finish. AirForceHops (7894) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 14, 2016
750 ml bottle from the brewery. Julian date reads 2015. Color is a deep mahogany with ample carbonation. Aroma is mild dark fruit, sugar and nuanced rum
Chalumeaux (1756) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2016
Huge malt bill shows the raisins, dates, prunes. Rum barrel is pretty noticeable with a slight warming heat after the swallow. Belly warming.
I am not normally a fan of rum barrel brews but, this is decent. Well crafted, no flaws but chances are I’m not going to want more.
Poured from bottle 2015 thanks Airforcehops deep amber mahogany with nice lacing and a thin head. Aromas of dark fruit oaky rum raisin sweet toffee. Taste is moderately sweet a little dry dark fruit bread caramel toffee rum and a nice alcohol burn in the finish. Weezel (280) - Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Deep mahogany pour. Little head retention. Nice aromas of pitted fruits, leather and raisins. Faint rum breaks through. Taste is a tad softer with not much depth. Sweet fruitcake grains, bready, and some heat. One dimensional but solid. ryanfolty (2611) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2015
December 24, 2015 - bottle from AV3 and opened as part of my dancin’ with the devil night. Nice looking brown pour with some head. Aroma was caramel, dark fruit and rum. Taste was nicely balanced with the sweetness and heat from the rum. Palate was medium to full and smooth drinking. Dorwart (2610) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2015
thin head of varying sized bubbles that reduces to a thin sheen of foam. Rich malty aroma loaded with caramel, raisins, sweet toffee, a touch or oaky rum and some gingerbread. Color is a deep mahagony brown. Hmm, a little flat on the palate with minimal carbonation. Moderate alcohol presence up front. I expected a lot more heat in the mouth from the almost 12% ABV but it kicks into high gear way down inside. Body is a bit thinner than I expected too. Moderate sweetness but again less than expected. Lots of caramel, toffee, vanilla, butter rum and roasted malts. Smooth and soft mouthfeel. Finishes malty and hot and tasty. A very, very good barleywine but I did expect a bit more.