pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Oakshire hellshire. 22oz bottle suplied and shared by Todd at beer mongers... Pours a mostly transparent lighter toffee hue and topped with a thin wispy light beige head... Toasted malt, a touch of coconut, and a semi-sharp bourbon note. Assertive and somewhatabrasive... Flavors are pretty sharp and boozy with deeper charred bourbon bent which hits upfront and finishes on a larger bitter emphasis that totally detracts away from its experience.
Thinner bodied overall. Touch too hot, well maybe more than a touch. This one certainly needs time to settle down a bit.
8/3/7/3/13 brokensail (16609) - 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. Sarlacc83 (2287) - 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. chibuck (3513) - 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 pushkinwow (2851) - 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.
Ferris (16105) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2017
Bottle - Nice barrel and caramel notes. Cloudy copper with a small white head. Big woody barrel notes with a touch of toffee and a dry boozy finish. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2012
22oz bottle, thanks ygtbsm94. Small white head atop muddy brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit/earthy, some lemon. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit/lemon, some alcohol. Sticky medium-full body. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2012
On tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver ’12. Pours a dark cola brown, with a big, dark tan head. Moldy fruit on the nose. Yuck. Skunky hops blend with what would otherwise have been a good barley wine, throwing it far off track. I wasn’t a fan of this one. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012
pour is a murky dirty copper brown with a tight beige head and fair amount of lace. The nose is actually a rough, notes of bourbon and some cardboard. Rather malty, chocolate and toffee and some stale hop, very messy. Taste is heavy malt, roast and chocolate, notes of bourbon but light. Almost no heat, very little balance. Full bodied, a touch chalky, light carbonation. The malts are overpowering and unpleasant. jcartamdg (3516) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Pours an amber red with no head. Aroma of caramel, booze and slight smoke. Taste follows, way too boozy. Not a good beer
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