BOLTZ7555 (3127) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Bottle shared at Dak’s Cantillon Tasting. This one missed, both in theme of the tasting and beer style. 24 karat with a bit of rusty penny at its core. Head diminishes quite quickly. Flavor and aroma of caramel, alcohol, toffee, vanilla, and a bit of wood. Not a ton of complexity here...somewhat flat. Thought about trading heavily for this but decided against it...happy with that call. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2015 Bottle: Thanks, Steve. Cloudy, burnt amber pour with a moderate khaki foam that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma of caramel, wood, anise, heavy butter toffee, with a strong backbone of perfume & earthy forestry. Flavor has lots of wood up front. Tons of oak, almost drying things out a bit. Roasted barley, earthy bitterness, anise, mild oxidation, dirt, prune, & a hint of licorice. Kind of astringent, it finishes quite dry for a barley wine & it a touch over carbonated. Kind of kills the vibe. A little heavy on the wood, too. Not terrible, but definitely a bit messy. pushkinwow (2895) - Ottawa, CANADA - SEP 14, 2012
Bomber from Alan. Cloudy orange copper with a tan creamy head. Huge alcohol aroma with prunes, oak, smoke, coconut, vanilla (sorta reminds me off malibu rum). low carbonation, full body, lots of alcohol, quite sweet and hot. 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. Sarlacc83 (2290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2014
The infamous #1. Update on this, since I believe it was released in 2011.
A: Mahogany with a thin creme colored ring on top. Lacing.
N: Big bourbon nose on top, with heaps of caramel. Toffee and prunes, Oak.
T: Big sweetness and a helping of bitterness. Lots of wood.
M: Sticky, medium-heavy body that’s slightly watery. Alcohol is big .
O: Still astringent even after all these years. The nose is very inviting, but the sensation of drinking it still takes a person by surprise. Guess I’ll keep sitting on these.
dcschiller (2211) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2011
(bottle shared at Dak’s 5000 tasting). Pours a cloudy copper with thin off-white head.. Aroma has lots of wood, booze, caramel and some band-aid. Taste is sweet with some whiskey. Its still quite hot. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. OK, but I didn’t love it and there were so many great beers that day. 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
SG111 (2026) - New York, USA - MAR 7, 2015
On tap at the brewery. 2013 vintage. Pours golden color, small head. Aroma is lots of whiskey Aroma. It really predominates but it’s nice. Flavor is whiskey, toffee, burnt sugar, vanilla. Full bodied. Really nice. hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Sampled @ FoBAB 2010. Pours a dark coppery brown. The head is rather thin, but this is looking pretty good to me. Nice pungently sweet malty aroma. SLIGHT toffee, but nothing substantial going on here. A little bit of booze of the nose is a bit distracting. There is a light citrus and pine hop aroma, but the malts are dominating. A little hot, towards the end. skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Stoke. This is as fantastic as hoped. Big brown pour, light tanned head. Aroma is thick with bourbon, heavy vanilla, hints of tobacco, and minor chocolate. The flavor that come off this incredibly balanced beauty are quite full in the departments of coffee, cherries, burnt oak, multiple types of chocolate, and this beautiful long bourboned vanilla finish. Almost like ice cream...goddamn this is good.