jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
Aroma: Grab a loaf of fresh cinnamon raisin bread that is slightly doughy, and inhale it deeply, then you have just smelled this beer. Outstanding smell. Pumpkin pie comes into the picture, The smell is so good you almost don't want to drink all of it, you just want to leave some to smell.
Flavor: Tast is like chocolate chip cookie dough minus the chocolate then add spicy sugary flavors with plenty of nutmeg. Makes me think bready, yeasty, and doughnut-ty.
Mouthfeel: Excellent body with a slick, thick, almost syrupy at the finish.
Drinkability: High, this beer begs to tasted over and over again.
Notes: This is one of the most interesting flavored beers I've had that I can honestly say tastes outstanding. This isn't a beer that you say "oh it's interesting, but I wouldn't buy it again." I will buy this till there are none left and since it was such a small release I don't know if I'll get some.
574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2012
2012 vintage. 24.8 degrees plato, 12% ABV, and aged in bourbon barrels. Pours a deep amber brown with flaming crimson highlights and a ring of toffee-khaki head that produces some big soapy clingy lace. About half a finger of tight bubbled foam is produced with a vigorous swirl. It really sticks to the inside of the glass not surprisingly. Nose involves a healthy dose of sweet bourbon with oak and vanilla, lots of doughy bread, dark fruits, dates, some slight cherry, a bit of buttery toffee, and some nice vaporous alcohol. Taste is very sweet, but has a substantial bitterness at the beginning and end to balance. Palate is very full, viscous, oily, chewy, pretty warm with alcohol, and tingly with bitterness and a somewhat active carbonation. I’m sure this would round out and cool down a tad with age, but this is another example of how drinking a big beer fresh has its benefits, too. Big and ballsy, smooth yet strong with alcohol, daring you to keep going. Sticky, lengthy, quite complex, powerful. Damn good. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2008
bottle from SAMs wine. I wasn’t expectingmuch but this is a great beer. If I didn’t know better, I’d think it was bourbon ba. Huge caramel, bourbon and vanilla notes. Very good. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2011
From 2007? bomber. Terrific aroma, like oak-aged bourbon. Smooth with toffee, caramel, fruity notes. Alcohol and esters. Aged well. Rich golden amber clear with thin foamy off-white lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation and very warming. Starts rich and malty with toffee and caramel, oak and bourbon. Smooth and warming. Great balance with sweet and light dry bitterness. Smooth sweet oaky finish, not cloying. Very nice. HuskerTan (2202) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2016
A- Oak, alcohol, cherry, subtle caramel.
A- Copper color, clear liquid, minimal head.
T- Oak, cherry, alcohol, coconut, vanilla.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish.
O- Balanced and complex. All around a solid beer with a few note I can’t quite put my finger on they are blended so well.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2004 Hmmm.....Dark oarnge,brown highlights. Streaming carbonation forms a medium,creamy head. Aroma is interesting,to say the least. Lots of fruity,sweet malts,with balancing chewy yeast,and must. Unbelievably creamy palate. Perfect soft carbonation,with a big body. This seems properly aged before retail,or it's just superbly balanced. Start is yeasty,with fruity(vinous)malts. Sweet butterscotch and wheat crakers lead to a very clean finish. Finish is must,fruity,and malty as hell. You can almost feel the malts sitting on your tounge,but yet this is mellow as can be.Geez,as well as the alcohol is hidden,you would think you were drinking a mild. I would love to know the age of this,it's in it's prime whatever it is. Excellent,I like this more than any vintage of Two Bros(00-03). Very classy! iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2004
12 oz bottle: clear red, bronze beneath a towering layer of bubbling foam. As the bubbles pop, they release bitter pine sap, sweet rock candy, brown sugar, vanilla and molasses . Vanilla icing and a sweet bit of malt cover the strong piney bitterness masterfully. Amazingly smooth and delicate for the bold 10%. Tasty citrus hops linger and make the mouth water for more, what a solid beer. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Sticky lacing, aroma of warm, yeasty, cinnamon raisin bread, topped with honey. Dense, bready, brown sugar-laden flavor. Definite wheat nose. Carmelized honey and some ginger in the middle. Conclusive hop finish. Extremely enjoyable; alcohol hidden well. beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2005
This Barley Wine is a nice suprise. Thanks to Rastacoure. Caramel, cognac, andPort flavors. Finishes clean, smooth, and dry. badgerben (5178) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 <i>Original Rating, Mar 26, 2006:</i> Cloudy brown color with no head. Aroma is very much like sweet wheat, however that works. Some alcohol noticeable, but not much. Well the flavors stay the same in the taste with it turning out like a very alcoholic wheat mash. Okay, but not my favorite. 7/3/6/3/13 <i>Re-Rating, November 21, 2008:</i> So something has changed drastically with this one. Dark copper color with a thin head. Caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, and a maple sugar like aroma. Strong, sweet malt taste, followed by vanilla, oak, light salt, maple, wheat and a minerality that is hard to pin down. Really, really freakin good.