KnowThyBeer (26) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
A beautiful aroma of fudge, coconut, and praline. A serious candy factor to the aroma. Appearance is ruby red with hardly any carbonation. The taste is very similar to the aroma: loads of coconut and hints of carmel with a lasting finish. Nothing is overly bitter at all. A fantastic, but a very different barley wine. ALIBALI (2072) - Kiel, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2016
Ein echtes Schwergewicht. Wollüstig schnuppert es, nach Wein, Whiskey, Hopfenwürze und ein bisschen Butter und macht definitiv Lust auf mehr. Beim Trunk wird den Geschmacksknospen dann ordentlich auf die Pelle gerückt. Massivste Alkohol- und Hopfenschärfe dominieren ALLES!! und zu den bereits gerochenen Aromen gesellen sich noch Waldhonig, Wein und Beeren. Heavy und seine 80IBUs reizt er voll aus, unser kratzbürstiger Geselle. BIG!!!! 0,33l Flasche aus der BIEROTHEK in Bamberg. Ca.5,50€. freekyp (2235) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2016
Huge vanilla bourbon nose and flavor. Ka pow with the alcohol smack. Pours pretty auburn and leaves a lacy residue. Malt bomb with a nicely balancing hop spice. Heavy on flavor but good use of hops lend a pleasing drinkability. Nice sprightly carbonation at the very end does a nice job of cleansing the palate. rajendra82 (1092) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2015
Reddish amber colored body was clear, and formed a two finger thick head in the glass. This looked more similar to a DIPA pour than a darker one I was expecting of a barleywine. The aroma was sweet, with the malts showing up as brown sugar, and hops revealing some orange peel. The taste was quite sweet as well, with the first impression of honey and brown sugar. Mid palette the oak flavors became very evident, as vanilla, banana, and toffee showed up. The finish was quite dry, with charred wood tannin dominating to a slow fade. Quite a light body for the style with a distinct burn late. One of the better beers from Red Brick in my opinion. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2014
12oz bottle, courtesy of markwise, pours with a nice murky amber body that supports a thin light tan head. The aroma offers up molasses, prunes, brown sugar, some nuttiness and then mild smooth bourbon and booze. Nice indeed. The taste starts smooth and rich with molasses and smooth nutty sweetness and then quickly picking up brown sugar dredged prunes and dates amid a pleasing pine hoppiness. Just as the dark fruity esters start to reach nectar goodness the smooth sweet bourbon notes come to the surface with more nuttiness and some modest booze to help bring this to the finish. This is a great sipper.
puboflyons (3431) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 4, 2014
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle acquired in trade from a non RB-member. An interesting reddish-brown pour with a short-lived head. Barley malts, some milk chocolate, dark fruits are the key aroma. Medium to heavy body. I really pick up a touch of chocolate with those barley malts in the taste and there is a pungent, bitterness at the end. A very nice beer. I like to sit on barleywines occasionally but in this case it tastes great fresh. aracauna (3599) - Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Ah. So there is bourbon barrel. I was thinking I got something, really more wood and vanilla than bourbon. Rich malts, dried fruits. Nothing overpowers. Big, but balanced. Good job Red Brick. jcartamdg (3436) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Pours dark brown with a thick off-white head. Aroma of malt, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is malty, sweet, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, oak and bourbon. One of the most balanced BA barleywines I’ve ever had. Really nice. edgallow (4211) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2014
12 oz bottle pours amber with a tan head. Aroma sweet toasted malts, whiskey and toffee. Taste is malts, whiskey and oak.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone pfc514 (146) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Pours dark brown/ruby into a snifter. Less than a finger of beige head.
Aroma belies the taste. Bourbony and malty. Super tasty.