daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Deep mahogany pour, white head. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar, booze, maple. Damn good stuff! sweet flavor, nice maple, light hops, candi sugar, honey...fuck yes! boFNjackson (4201) - 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. 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! 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. slowrunner77 (12438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Deep ruby caramel pour. Speaking of caramel, it dominates, along with a very pleasing fruitiness, and vanilla and oak from the obvious but not too much barreling. This is a heavy, thick beer, but is very smooth at 10% and well received all around. Definitely enough to want to try more from Eugene!"
beerchugger (716) - 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. Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
Sampled at PIB. Pours a murky brown/orange with a thin white lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, yeast, butterscotch. Flavour the same, but including bourbon, and yeast. Quite sweet. Dark flavours which leave a tingling/light burning mouthfeel. Good. arminjewell (9689) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark reddish pour with thin slightly off white head, aroma brings notes of dark fruit, toffee, some caramel, slight smoke, roast, some vanilla and bourbon notes, hints of roast and dry oaky notes as well. Taste is a nice mix of oak and sweet bourbon, some vanilla, dark fruit, some slight caramel and bitter earth notes, the oak really dries it out well at the end. Dig this stuff! jtclockwork (16831) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Bottle. Pours caramel brown. Tan head. Nose/taste of candied dark fruit, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla and nuts. Finishes with hint of warming alcohol. Medium body could be a little fuller given the ABV. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Draft at FoBAB 8. Pours a very English looking murky amber. Nose is intensely hopped with perfumey bourbon intermingling. The nose is quite nice with floral hops playing well with the vanilla of the oak. On taste, big bitterness that is necessary to stand up to what is going on. Bread and donuts are propped up by the huge blast of still fresh tasting hops and superb bitterness. One of my favorite barleywines. Fantastic!