Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2011
In short: A dark ale that is succulent and complex despite being dominated by bourbon barrels. Surprising.jtclockwork (16857) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2011
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed when a little over one year of age. Bottle sent to me by ditmier. Thanks a million Eric.
The look: Clear dark burgundy body with almost not head
In long: Nose is very very very bourbon barrel. Taste is barrels, lots of vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, maple, sticky barley candy, oily nuts, nougat, burnt brown sugar, more... There is a level of complexity that I cannot put into words. A little booze but overall the alcohol is well hidden for a 13% beer. The dominant flavors here are the barrels. In a blind tasting everybody would guess this beer is barrel aged but to be honest I would not have been able to guess if the base beer was an Imperial Stout, Barley Wine or other. The carbonation was very very soft but it worked with that sipper. Far from a normal BA barley wine, this one is just “different” in a way I cannot put into words. Whether it is a good thing or not, the girlfriend hates barley wines and bourbon barrel aged beers and she was totally crazy about this one. This was an unexpected masterpiece. Drinking this beer was like I died and gone to heaven and heaven looked exactly like my living-room.
Bottle shared at RBSG. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of baked bread, toffee, caramel, bourbon, charred oak, vanilla and good warming alcohol balance. Nice full mouth feel. decaturstevo (6342) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Brown black pour with very little head or lace. Aroma is chocolaty and some coffee, with sweet malt. Very nice chocolate, coffee, and abv. A very nice warmth. Full bodied with carbonation that is just a little too alive for me. very nice beer.Koelschtrinker (20782) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 3, 2011
Earlier Rating: 5/24/2011 Total Score: 4.5
Amber pour wtih creamy off white head and lace. Aroma is dried fruit and a hint of caramel. Dried fruit (raisins), sweet caramel, and a nice warmth. Medium full bodied with smooth carbonation. Super nice beer.
Alkoholisch-getreidiger Antrunk mit herben Noten. Schnell steigt der Alkohol in die Nase und setzt sich fest, Getreidenoten bleiben vorhanden, das Malzaroma bietet nun einen Schokoladentouch. Der ungestüme Alkohol verschlingt dies aber weitestgehend. Nicht sonderlich ausgeprägt. /9/7/8/12/8
phaleslu (10462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2013 22 oz. bottle via local trade- thanks again, Ryan! Pours a mostly clear cola brown color with a small tan head. Aroma shows tons of dark fruits (figs, raisins, dates), bourbon, oak, caramel malts, and vanilla. Alcohol sits in the nostrils at the end. Flavor of caramel malts, toast, bourbon, oak, dark fruits, brown sugar, and syrup. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a warm, sweet, coating mouthfeel. Really enjoyed the finish on this. Excellent bourbon barrel barley wine that totally met my high expectations. Re-Rate: 2012 vintage, compliments of stevemastny- thanks again, Steve! Just as rich and syrupy as I remember, with tons of dark fruit. Not quite as balanced and satisfying on the palate, though; a little boozier and harsher. Slight downgrade for that.
JulienHuxley (5877) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2011
Bottle at Hill Farmstead Gathering. Rich aroma of bourbon, vanilla, molasses and faded hops. Sweet flavors of maple, brown sugar, cherries, very malty. Full bodied with low carbonation. Overall a good beer, the flavors were nicely melded together but could have been more intense. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2011
2010 vintage, poured into a snifter. Thanks to a few folks for this.
3.5 A: Clear (I think) deep amber mahogany brown color. Two fingers of frothy tan head falls pretty quickly and leaves no lacing. A huge ABV will do that to you, I guess.
4.0 S: The aroma is good, but the bourbon overshadows the barleywine. Leathery, a touch of peat, oak and vanilla, and an almost nutty vibe. Underneath that there are hints of tobacco and dark fruitiness, molasses, brown sugar, booze, and a good helping of caramel.
4.0 T: The taste is more barleywine-forward for sure. Lots of tobacco, raisin, plum, prune, and date. Again somewhat nutty (perhaps from the bourbon, but who knows). Lots of molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. The bourbon kicks in after becoming accustomed to the malt flavors. Leathery, somewhat peaty in a smoky sense, and oak and vanilla from the barrel. Definitely sweet, but not cloying. The booze is very apparent, though. All 13.5% is realized.
3.5 M: Heavy body with a syruppiness to it. Just a touch chewy. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but a bit too hot to be as smooth as I’d like.
4.0 D: This is a good beer, but it doesn’t quite live up to the hype (at least not this vintage). I think this will be vastly improved in a few years after it is allowed to cool down a bit.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-22-2011 03:35:48
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Thanks for this Ryan. ’08. This is a big bastard, tasty, and very much malt-inclined. Pretty damn yummy. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Dark crimson, garnet, ruby red brew with a tightly packed caramel head that left some lacing. Aroma was aggressive bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, and chocolate. Flavor shows intense bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, wood, and toffee. So sweet, so full of alcohol. The ABV seems so much more present than in Perfect Storm. Not very well rounded. Still quite sharp when sampled. Good but was hoping for better.daleharshman (1070) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Earlier Rating: 9/13/2010 Total Score: 4.6
Bottle shared by Sparky27...ERIC, YOU ROCK!!! Extremely dark mahogany body with crimson highlights that finishes with just a small eggshell ring for a head. Molasses, leather, tobacco, smoke, wood, vanilla, and bourbon entice the senses. Very "dark" aroma. Very complex flavor. Tend to get something new on every sip (and this definitely is a sipper). The bourbon influence is definitely present but it’s not "hot" at all. Creamy mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious!!!
From bottle at Holiday Wine Cellar’s private tasting in January 2011. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights. The nice dark beige head has good retention and regeneration. Aroma is very bourbon-y; also some caramel and a distinct whiff of pumpkin pie with Cool-Whip brand sweet cream on top. Flavor is initially boozy bourbon, then a whole lot of fruit (dark fruits as well as cherry, berries, apple, pear) along with vanilla, caramel, creamy spice, and molasses. The huge ABV is well hidden here. Great barleywine and very nicely complex. (29, 558)