SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2010
GABBF; kind of under the radar and hidden ride in the middle of the AK beers, so we kept going back to this one; dense brown with monster chocolate colored head; nose coming off this one was dynamite; bourbon, graham crackers, raisins, vanilla cookies; 13% and just a hint of heat going down; so much sweetness from the bourbon and texture is thick, rich and decadent; burnt malts, brown sugar, caramel and yea, more bourbon; not over done in a thin syrupy sense though as the base beer is big enough and present enough to handle it; from the nose to not being listed to the duck tape label, everything about this beer was perfect; after a few sips of this, it was hard to go back to anything else; and I’m sure which part was better – the beer itself or seeing how drunk bvc got from it; f*cking yardsale!! BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Draft at Toronado. Fresh off a bronze medal at the Alaska Beer & Barleywine Festival!! Pours a deep dark brown with a light tan hear and light lacing. Nose is dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, bready malts. Flavor is thick barleywine.... Huge alcohol presence up front tempered by breadt cereal malts and raisin-prune-fig esters, sweet molasses and brown sugar fill out the middle, light hop bitterness and grassy flavor, hints of milk chocolate and coffee in the sugary sweet finish. Full body, light carbonation, thick syrupy texture. Classic barleywine all around, every flavor facet is amped up, not for the weak-willed as this packs an alcohol-heat whallop, thumbs up on another great SD strong ale!!! hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 23, 2010
On tap at the 2009 Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival. I guess this is somewhat of a backlogged rating. This was a standout for me at the event. I remember this brew having the character of an over-sweetened BA Numbskull. Deep amber color with light head. Aroma wreaks of coconut-like oak barrel notes and sweet vanilla with bourbon heat. Flavor is sweet, with lots of caramel and vanilla throughout. Medium bourbon warmth comes through the end. Medium to full body. Very nice beer, but difficult to drink more than a taster or two. neepsntatties (2008) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2010
If I read the Sharpie writing on the duct taped tap handle correctly, I had this on tap this past weekend at the Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Festival in Anchorage, AK. Colour... very dark brown with no head at all! Nose... BOURBON! Aged Bourbon. Like a very old Pappy Van Winkle! Don’t know what barrels they used, but that’s what the Bourbon smell reminds me of. Oak, toffee, dried cocoanut and vanilla, round out the aromas. Palate... very boozy, soothing and warming with gobs of malt sirop, brown sugar, Scottish toffee, treacle, burnt sugar and a finish that goes on and on! What a treat! Were it not for a ticket from, "AKFaust" (many thanks, indeed!), I wouldn’t have gotten to try it! BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2010
On tap @ Toronado SD. The tap handle was 10+ feet from my chair, but the heavy bourbon, vanilla, raisin, ash and brown sugar aroma found my seat well before the bartender did. Uber fragrant with a smell reminiscent of GI BCS. Dark leathery pour bordering black with a creamy eggshell head that left only a spot or two of lacing. Molasses, brown sugar, burnt caramel, pure vanilla extract, dark fruit, and even a hint of dark chocolate. Thick but not cloying...really pleasant palate. One of the best Barley Wines I’ve had.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Pours murky dark brown with a small off white head. Smells sweet and malty and woody, with of caramel and vanilla from the wood. Tastes the same, sweet and woody with vanilla and a good dose of booze. Full body, nice low carbonation. Great BA brew. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
On tap @ Toronado SD. Opaque brown with red highlights and a small neigehead, fading to a thick ring before long. Big chewy malts up front (caramel, toffee, concentrated raisins, brown sugar) without being too sweet by the evident Bourbon and oak background. Minimal evidence of the listed 13% thus far. As it warms, more vanilla shows up. Smells like a lot of BWs, but succeeds where most have failed. Flavor is much the same with some alcohol added, booziness. Semi-dry with bitterness at a 3. Full body with light carbonation. Very tasty BABW. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Tasted at the 13th Annual Strong Ale Fest on 12/4/2009. This Barleywine pours a medium dark brown color from the tap. Small to medium sized head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, touch of brown sugar and wood. A medium bodied Barleywine. The malts are fruity and sweet, with a touch of chocolate. The hops are earthy and floral. Touch of brown sugar and molasses. Nice balance. Hides the alcohol fairly well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2009
On tap at SD Strong Ale fest 09. Dark brown pour. Caramel, toffee, sweet dark malt, hint of fruit, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Some alcohol comes through Excellent barleywine. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2009
First rating at Strong Ale 2009. Highly recommended by wetherel. Pours black with a light brown head. Nose is sweet and malty. Nose is really big with a nice chocolate taste. Really pretty great.