DocLock (10835) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2011
2009 vintage ceramic bottle courtesy of a PUB’N groupie. Pours turbid ruddy dark brown with 1-finger clingy frothy off-white head. Nose is heavy caramel, bronw sugar, figgy fruit, oaky bourbon...great nose. Tastes very rich with amazing complexity. A big blast of caramel up front, followed by figgy fruit, hops, earthy oaky bourbon notees, some late heat, but well hidden alcohol overall. As it warms, it evolves with more vinous and bourbon flavors, approaching the rare Tripel Point of Beer (TPB, a DocLock trademark) whereupon a beverage exhibits traits from all 3 major ethanolic beverages, namely beer, spirits, and wine. This one is amazing, and I am happy that the PUB’N (Pennsylvania Underground Beer Network) continues to be privileged with these types of rare and outstanding beers. Boo-yah! DYCSoccer17 (3705) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2011 Several pours sampled at Capital Beerfest in Sacramento. This was the 3rd beer of the festival for me. The aroma has fantastic bourbony vanilla notes present with a nice, underlying sweetness. Scant cardboardy oxidation present. The aroma is fantastic, and I could smell this all day. Moderately hazy amber body with a medium white head and great legging present. Starts with a good amount of mild bourbon character, which then becomes a little buttery in the middle. This works, though. A little dryness and mild ethanol comes in late. Finishes with lasting vanilla sweetness. Velvety smooth mouthfeel, and ethanol is fairly minimalized. This is amazing stuff! It’s probably the best beer I have ever had. I need to try a bottle to see if I have a similar experience.-----Re-Rate-& rating above is confirmed. This is the best beer I have ever had in my life, and I think it is worthy of my first 5.0 bigabe (194) - California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Yep. I’m a five whore. This beer is beer Nirvana. Along with a couple other pretty much perfect offerings from Fifty Fifty, North Coast, Russian River, and Mikkeller... this one has the same problem... I simply cannot detract from it. It’s awesome. North Coast’s regular Old Stock is perfect in my book (with a year of age on it, fresh, not so much). This is perfect as well. It just takes a perfect beer, and make a tasteful tweak that makes it different from the original... but still perfect. This beer is a caramel, sweet malt, and bourbon orgy in your mouth. Except it’s a totally hot chick orgy... and you’re on a spaceship, the Niners are winning the Super Bowl, and Pantera is playing in the background. budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Pours reddish with clouds of whispy head. Aroma and taste of coconut and cremé brulee. The best barleywine I’ve had to date. Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Holy crap. If you like bourbon beers, this is the best of the best. Tastes like bourbon lite with great malt undertones. I love this.
AdamChandler (5113) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Acquired at Hunger Mountain Co-Op in March. I believe this was priced at about $30. Enjoyed at Cellar temp in a snifter.
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 5, 2013
A - 2-finger slight tan head was produced but faded almost instantly. Very solid alcohol legs on the glass. Sort of a dark brown, hint of amber and plum appearance.
S - Hint of sweetness and minor maltiness on the nose. It’s a very unsuprisingly unsweet scent for a barleywine. Then again, this is an aged beer so perhaps this isn’t too surprising. Smokey oak and Bourbon and present but very smooth and not over boozy. The nose overall has a great balance.
T - This is incredibly hard to describe. First, I get some dark fruits like figs and cherries. Followed by a minor sweetness and hint of delicate vanilla bourbon whiskey. The sweetness is a mix of simple syrup and brown sugar. I love that there’s this caramel and candy like taste at the finish.
M - This coats the tongue and numbs it. It’s a mouth numbing beer that has a sort of orajel like feeling when it numbs things. Very heavy body, slick oily texture and vanilla sweetness finish.
O - This may be one of the finest barley wines I’ve ever had. It’s incredible and exceptional in so many ways. It’s hard to not give this beer a 5.
Great. Huge beer. Had at 28 Springs in a bottle. Slight alcohol notes but caramel and malt comes through. Nice. mfrato (110) - - MAY 30, 2015
A perfect beer. Pours a dark reddish bordering on a brown porter, heavy white lacing makes it. Aroma is strong cocoa, vanilla and bourbon, with some sweetness. Flavor is out of this world. Seriously can not describe how good this beer is. Here is my poor attempt. Up front is cocoa, and some coffee, this continues through the middle and mingle with incredibly smooth bourbon and caramel flavors. The finish is definitely bourbon with an amazing uptick and just the right amount of bitterness to not be too sweet. Honestly, I would drink this beer every single day if I could. Palate lingers nicely, and fades into happiness. onceblind (10094) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Slightly hazy dark amber with not much head save for a wee ring of off white foam around the glass. Amazing nose with brown sugar, bourbon, sweet earthy caramalts, vanilla, and charred oak. Wonderful, stupendous aroma. And equally wonderful flavor. Loads of brown sugary bourbon, booze, charred oak, vanilla, raisin/dates, more brown sugar, bourbon nuances, more sugary vanilla, and a wonderful velvety texture with a touch of booze heat. And more brown sugary bourbon. 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.