mcberko (18949) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2011
Sampled from bottle at PIB, pours dark orangey amber with a small head. Aroma of butterscotch, yeast and dark fruits. Flavour is quite yeasty, with dark fruits, toffee and caramel. Mildly sweet, boozy and caramely finish. High carbonated, Well-made. brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 11, 2011
A: The pour is a cloudy amber color with pretty minimal head formation.
S: Smells really good. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak right away, giving a huge barrel presence. The barleywine aromas of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and dark fruits are evident and impressive as well.
T: The flavor just really falls short. Toffee, nut shells, and wood dominate the flavor. There is a bit of vanilla and some mild bourbon, but the oak and booze are just overpowering. It really lacks refinement, cohesion, and balance.
M: The body is medium with low to medium carbonation.
O: A really nice nose but the flavor was disappointing. bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Pours ruby in color with just a slight bit of head. Smells of citus hops, toffee, chocolate, vanilla and also has a sour smell to it. Taste is much of the same toffee, vanilla, grapefruit, chocolate, and pine. Mouthfeel is thick and the finish is long with pine hops. dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Last beer tasted with the Chicago guys, thanks again. Brown pour with good carbonation. Aroma was as I expected, brown sugar, malty, sweet and boozy, same goes for the flavor. Easy to drink but I don’t typically reach for BA barely wines all that much so I wouldn’t search this one out again. beerchugger (717) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Pours a dark hazy ruddy with a creamy head and a light halo around the top of the beer. Rich citrus fruity hops initially hit the nose but give way to sweet caramel, vanilla, and a rather strong toffee presence. In the back there seems to be a touch of oak and char as well. Very nice aroma actually. On the palate there is caramel, toffee, and vanilla coupled with flavors of oak and char. The finish is hoppy dry and bitter.
chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2011
HUGE thanks to Nate for this... medium brown with light tan head, not much to looking at... nose is typical ba bw, mostly malty, caramel with lots of bourbon on the finish... the taste just really isn’t that good, TONS of oak, pheynol alcohol, bitter chemical finish, just really not that good... I probably wouldn’t have this again unless its free, don’t give up much for this at all holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Sampled as Oakshire Baleywine at FOBAB 10. Hoppy nose caramel malts citrus pine caramel awesome nose. Alcohol caramel bitter green flavors. Bitter finish. Ok flavors. 9/4/7/3/15
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Had this one twice now, first at the Bier Stein’s Bourbon Barrel Fest last week and then again graciously shared by Mike of 16 Tons at the release party on Saturday. Poured an orangeish amber with about an inch of light brown foam. Big aromatic notes of bourbon and is that scotch as well? Also smells of oak and vanilla, very pleasing nose. Tasted of bourbon, oak, vanilla, malt sweetness and surprisingly little heat for something so soon out of the barrel. I thought that what I had at the Stein might have just had little heat compared to the other big beers I had that night, but I noticed the same thing the second time around. This is a pretty awesome beer and I look forward to seeing what some time does to it. Great job, Matt and the Oakshire crew! boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2011
UPDATED: APR 24, 2011 Bottle graciously shared by a member of the Portland beer media with a bunch of us ecstatic BA/RB folk... Poured an amber, burnt orange/copper with a thin beige-ish head. The nose had lots and lots of whiskey and scotch tones. Very in your face, it gave off a muted whiskey character. Amazingly it was quite smooth with a thick body and low carbonation. Your typical barleywine flavors of malt sweetness and dark candied fruits with a hint of whiskey soaked pastries. The hops were in the background as the oak, woody tones, whiskey, and wine-like tannins really shined and balanced the sweetness. This will age amazingly and makes me really want to hoard as much as I can. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
at Fobab. pours amber with white head. nose is hoppy, citrus grapefruit, and caramel. flavors are sweet caramel, grainy citrusy, a bit hot. couldn’t even tell this was aged in a barrel.