thorongil2 (2755) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(tap) clear very bright brown honey amber colour with a small tan head; aroma of honey, toffee; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish
slowrunner77 (11289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice vanilla coconut bourbon character in this blonde Barleywine. Never had the base, but this is quite good.
AWISLguy (2800) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Rays in Tosa. Cellared for 2 months. Reddish brown pour with a tan head leaving some streaky lace. Aroma had sweet dark fruits, nuts, grapes and bourbon. Taste is of sweet fruit, nuts, strawberries, grapes, biscuity malts, and tangy cranberries - all soaked in bourbon. Medium to full bodied. With alcohol. Finishes sweet and fruity but not cloyingly so. This was better then expected. Not having the original, tough to know what all the bourbon treatment did, although it shows through a lot. Tasty with the different fruits. 14.6
Cybercat (5482) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours transparent chestnut with a thin but serviceable buff head. Bourbon-infused oak dominates the aroma while letting caramel, fig and subtle nutty tones share the stage. Bold flavor rushes bourbon, wood, figs, caramel and toasty malt across the palate. Mouthfeel presents firm body, if not much fizz. Go on this pilgrimage.
rollsrace (81) - - NOV 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2015 Comparing this to Kentucky bourbon barrel. It?s darker and smoother. Has a strong alcohol presence.
alexsdad06 (9828) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Dutch’s at home. Pours a clear deep amber/copper color with a small ivory head. The aroma is moderately sweet with caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, and some alcohol standing out. The flavor has quite a bit of sweetness to it. There is caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, raisins, a nutty character I don’t remember in the base but I haven’t had it in a while, the alcohol is present in the form of a slow burn as the liquid travels down my throat. Medium bodied, a bit sticky, and definitely warming. Solid.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, from Dutch’s. 2015 bottle. Hazy darker red, slight brown color. Ring of off-white head, few bits of lace. With the second pour, it actually has a good thin head, touch frothier. I can dig it. Up front, great dark fruit, oak, vanilla. Great, long oaky malty aftertaste. Tasty, desert-like caramel. Moderate sweet taste, moderate bitter, very pleasant mild warmth. Bigger body. Kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Mild dry finish. Great barrel aged barleywine. Awesome that this is available in 12oz bottles. better than I remember the regular Pilgrim’s Dole being... Although to be fair, when I tried that base, it wasn’t a fresh example. Towards the end, it does get a touch nutty, little overly dry, bit more rough. But overall, enjoyable stuff.
metalhead0043 (207) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz for 4.39 from Sam’s. Pours clear copper/dark amber with a small head. Aroma is huge oak, vanilla, caramel, some bourbon and a little fruit as well. Taste is nutty, vanilla, bourbon. Heavy, thick body. Overall a nice wheatwhine. The barrel aging really adds a nice touch.
drjay44 (3591) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Vintage 2014. Pours a thick well retained ivory head, with heavy lacing, over a clear copper body........nose is moderate dried fruits, with raisin, date, fig, hints of plum, heavy alcohol, minimal hops,,,,,,taste is sweet, with fig, date, raisin, notes, light whiskey, slight wood, nuttiness, light vanilla, minimal hops......mouth feel, heavy, sticky. chewy body, alcohol burn present, carbonation low. This is a huge, highly complex very alcoholic beer. The alcohol is ethanol, not fusel. BJCP 8/3/13/4/7
jcnielsen (3375) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Pours a dark amber brown color with white head. Caramel, plum, malty, raisin aromas. Caramel sweet, malty, butterscotch flavored ice cream malt, , slight oak, light booze flavors. Light bodied than I’d expect from a 12% beer. A touch of oak, but I don’t get a huge bourbon influence. One of the more easy drinking barley/wheat wines I’ve had.