juiceisloose (1491) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2011
2009 ceramic looking corked and caged bottle, courtesy cmillward. Pours a mostly cloudy, dark reddish brown color and topped by a small, smooth head of tan colored foam that settles to a thin film leaving some drippy legging around the glass. The aroma is really nice and rich showing notes of dark fruits, nougat, sweet caramel,and oak laden vanilla. The bourbon influence is subtle and adds smoothness and added depth. The flavor follows suit with the dark fruits, rich caramel, and toasted oak. The bourbon adds its signature vanilla influence to smooth things out and tie everything together. The bourbon is just right in this brew as it doesn’t over power any one thing and adds complexity. The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, and very easy to drink with subtle carbonation leading to a sweet, slightly warming finish. Despite the high abv the alcohol is hidden nicely, which makes this a smooth drinker. The bourbon barrel takes a good base beer and makes it even better. Great beer. paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle at Naja’s Place. Pours clear amber with a medium size white head. Aroma is in your face bourbon, caramel, vanilla and more bourbon. Flavor is malty sweet, bourbon, oak, caramel and the finish is vanilla, toffee and warming bourbon. Incredible beer. GreggK25 (26) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Pours amber brown with a medium fluffy head that quickly dissipates with zero lacing. Nose is a huge slap in the face of wonderful bourbon barrel followed by caramel, molasses, vanilla and more whiskey barrel. Taste is sweet malt, raisins, tons of toasty bourbon and wood with a hint of chocolate and toffee and just the right amount of booze on the finish. Amazingly smooth and silky palate with a great coat of whiskey. Great ale that will get even better with some age in the bottle. Can’t wait to try this the next few New Years Eves! danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle of the 2009 vintage sampled at the OTM Tasting Room. The appearance is a flowing clear bodied dark amber hue. The aromas pour out with bourbon, caramel, and oak. A little warm with the aromas too. The flavors enter with a sweet malty profile that fades away to a wonderfully smooth bourbon profile. The bourbon profile is really hightlighted by this beautiful warm toasted coconut that just keeps giving and giving. Very tasty. A warm full bodied mouth. Definitely still warm butthis beer should age wonderfully, and now I’m stocked cause I can do that with my bottle. Just a great BA treat. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Clear dark garnet with a big fizzy tan head. Big bourbon, oak, molasses and caramel aroma. Tastes of molasses, caramel, bourbon, and oak with a finish of vanilla and toffee. Remarkably smooth silky and creamy palate without a hint of alcohol. Very well done.
Doodler (318) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2010
2009 vintage in 500 ml / with new ceramic look to the C&C bottle. Pours a hazy brown with little head that fades fairly quickly. Huge bourbon aroma with loads of caramel, malts, wood and vanilla. Ditto on the taste, with some alcoholic warming. Sweetish finish with loads of caramel. Needs some age for mellowing, as I loved the 2007 vintage (thanks Ratman) I had earlier this year, but still very nice overall. wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 28, 2010
09 vintage. damn nice drink, thick barley wine, hot but very drinkable, hos a utopias like heat coating to it. very tasty stuff, tons of caramel. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Thin tan head coaxed, gone quick, becomes still chestnut. Really sweet nose, heavy bourbon and ethanol in the back, light chocolate, bit of cocoa. More Bourbon heat in flavor, bit of raisin and oat through finish, oddly refreshing, lemon kiss. Body still holding up, more heat but also more Complete than brandy at this point. anders37 (26625) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit and bourbon aroma with some hints of vanilla. Sweetish malty dark fruit, caramel and nutty bourbon flavor. Has a sweetish maltyy dark fruit and caramel finish with bourbon in the aftertaste. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2010
In short: A Big syrupy Bourbon-heavy barley wine (d’uh!). Very good at what it is
How: Bottle 375ml. First and only batch. Consumed when about 2.5 year of age. All three versions side-by-side. Bottle sent to me by WeeHeavySD, thanks a lot Jon.
The look: Cloudy purple-brown body topped by a beige ring of foam.
In long: Cork comes out with a disappointingly lack of “pop” but the beer is well carbonated. Nose has molasses (something the two other versions do not have) and lots of bourbon barrel. Taste is molasses, lots of vanilla, black liquorice, earthy tobacco, some bourbon, ripe dark fruits. Finish has a light cigarette butt flavor. For some reason this version felt a tiny bit smoky and I did not get any smoke at all from the other two versions. Body is fat and viscous and appropriately carbonated. Very different from the regular Old Stock. It didn’t feel like a bourbonized version of the regular Old Stock, it felt like a totally different beer. I really liked it. Too bad this beer comes by as often a good career opportunity for someone with a History major.