BeerandBlues2 (13870) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 26, 2016 Frydaddy (24) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
You could smell the Barrel and Bourbon a bit once poured. For me, it had a flavor of vanilla. This would have been better had it let it aged a bit and mellowed out. I felt that the bourbon had a bit of a strong aroma and flavor which I love, but it wasn’t balanced with the Ale. If you’re able to find one, I’d say cellar it and try it in a year or two....I bet it’ll be fantastic!
Draught at the brewery. Pours hazy tawny with a medium, creamy off-white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is oak, Bourbon, vanilla, cherry-stone fruit, dates and caramel malt. Flavor is oak, vanilla, lightly boozy Bourbon, caramel malt, stone fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation. blipp (9783) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 17, 2016
Draft. Pours hazed deep amber with an off white head. Rich sweet malts, pecan, moderate boozy notes, caramel chews, and rum cake-like sweetness. Rich; very rich and sweet, but still maintains a decent level of drinkability. Good stuff. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 10, 2015
On tap at the brewery. It pours a dark red color with almost no head. The aroma is cherry, wood and bourbon. The flavor has vanilla, wood and cherry in that order. Slick mouthfeel with a spicy woody finish. Tasty. JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 15, 2015
On draft at the brewery. Amber pour, with a thin off white head. Caramel malt, sweet sticky sugar, bourbon, alcohol, notes of vanilla, toffee, and some hop bitterness. slowrunner77 (12995) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Had this at a pub and at the fest. Fairly basic for a BA barleywine, but pretty dang good too. The aroma is heavily whiskey without being too much. The flavor lets a little more of the beer come through as well, fruity, but not overly complex. Solid."
thegreenrooster (4585) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Pour is a tan with a large tan head. Aroma is of the barrel with some notes of vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is bourbon, a big dose of caramel malt and some whiskey burn of alcohol. Finish leaves some of that burning on the tongue with some almost spicy rye and a warming in the chest. This is all about this bourbon barrel it was aged in. Very solidly done as the bourbon is there but you still get a nice sweet and heavy malt. ashley760 (1) - - JUL 26, 2014 does not count
Very small, lacy head. The malt allows for the most delicious caramel aroma. Definitely heavily boozy at times, but ultimately a smooth, slightly sweet, easy to drink American ale. Very good. rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2014
Draught at the Tasting Room. Deep amber/mahogany beer with a nice lasting beige/brownish head. Malty caramel and figs aroma, prunes, grapes, raisins, vanilla, toffee, some apricot. Fruity caramel flavor, licorice, apricot, toffee, grapes, plums, vinous, some warming alcohol. Huge and drinkable beer. TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle courtesy of my friend Noel. Amber pour with a short tan head. Aroma is strong vanilla, caramel, bourbon notes and sweet malt. Taste is big vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut, sweet malt and booze. Body is medium with a soft bubbly carbonation. Lots of stickiness and boozy warmth. Finishes with more vanilla, caramel, booze, light coconut and toasted dark bread. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Tap at Toronado SD thanks richiesd. Clear tea amber, weak white foam. Nose is hoppy red ale, sharper pine, fresh poundcake. Taste is harsher paper, sticky sweet, mild caramel, big hoppy spice bite.