Doodler (473) - 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 (4305) - 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 (27621) - 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
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2010
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.
Big thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!
A-pours a cloudy dark brown liqud, hints of sediment, small tan head.
S-the nose has some light notes of wood up front, dark raisins, dark malts, notes of chocoalte and toffee, the bourbon is there in the back.
T-strong malt body to this, a little malt sweetness and raisins up front, toffee and chocolate malts, bourbon, actually rather sweet bourbon with a fair bit of heat in the finish.
M-full bodied and sryupy, this is pretty chewy, strong carbonation and prickly on the back of the throat.
D-this is pretty solid, seems well balanced and not oxidized. the bourbon is pleasant and light, the malt body is pretty huge and the base beer is well integrated, the heat is there but not offensive. the sweet raisins are nice to balanced the other flavors. good stuff. jtclockwork (17654) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Bottle thanks to Mikey. Pours dark brown. Nose and taste of toffee, brown sugar, molasses, booze and barrel. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks! Poured a clear copper color with an off white head. Boozy nose with distinct notes of toffee and raisin. Medium to full bodied and sweet with toffee, raisin, bourbon, vanilla, and caramel flavors. Solid stuff. adrian910ss (2604) - Doylestown, PA, USA - AUG 16, 2010
# 1700 !! 375 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized beige head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla and dark fruit. Taste of bourbon, oak wood, vanilla and dark fruit. Excellent stuff. This has aged very nicely. JAXSON (611) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Bottle, pours dark chestnut brown with a thinn, fizzy head. Rich nose, quite boozy with raisins, pungent whiskey, a bit of vanilla. Flavor is quite different from the brandy version, more chocolate and vanilla sweetness in the mouth. Hot and pleasantly boozy, as expected. Nice sweetness with a lot of that vanilla but not an overly complex flavor. A little bit thin. Nice beer, but I don’t think it’s an extraordinary barrel-aged barleywine by any stretch.