mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Tried the non-BA version yesterday. This one is better. Same flavor profile as the other, but has more of a distinct toffee flavor than the non-BA, and a darker, less frothy pour. Surprisingly am not picking up any bourbon notes; perhaps some smokey notes, but I could be imagining that. Overall, the flavor is more robust than the non-BA version. A little disappointing is that the aging process doesn't mellow the beer much in terms of the only downside I had with the yesterday's, a wee bit of lingering alcohol burn. That said, whereas the non-BA has an ABV of 8.5%, the BA checks in at 10%.
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Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Poured a medium brown and created thick cushion of light beige foam head. Aroma is rich and robust with a boozy whiff of alcohol that has true traces of the bourbon barrels while also having a faint nose of maple syrup. As for the drink, heavy dosages of sweetness and alcohol dominate this beer and actually seems as though the alcohol content was higher than it actually is. This American strong ale went beast mode as soon as they barrel aged it and that whiskey leaked into the beer’s DNA. This is a highly lethal beer. rlgk (18843) - 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. bhensonb (15965) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Always good to be the first. Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours darkly ruddy copper with a good beige creamy/foamy head. Light bourbon/vanilla aroma, but there’s some heavy roast malt too. Med + body. Flavor is heavy caramel, hint of chocolate, fairly heavy bourbon/vanilla, and some hop bitter. Hard to pick the hop. This is really excellent. The barrel aging was exquisitely timed. The heat isn’t really anything. It’s something that yearns to be barley wine, but it lacks the malt to get there. Good thing that. This is really delicious ale. dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Pours transparent ruby red with a small white head. Nose is toasted coconut, vanilla, light citrus and hay. The taste is sweet at first with some big bitter on the end. The mouthfeel is crisp and sticky, heavy body and a long finish.
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slowrunner77 (13204) - 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." daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Lightly cloudy goldish pour, fluffy white head. Lots of bourbon,vanilla, oak, salt water taffy, nice hops. Its sweet from the barrel, but hoppy too. Pretty well balanced beauty. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 1, 2013
Bottle. Clear dark red with a fizzy tan head. Caramel, molasses, sweet cereal grain, and mellow bourbon aroma and taste with a lightly bitter and oaky vanilla finish. Silky full bodied citrusy palate. beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2013
22oz. bottle, pours reddish brown with a small head. The nose starts out with malts pursuing the bourbons and vanillas that are well blended together. Has a rich palate. Full flavors that start with hot booze followed by malts,and vanillas. The hops show up at the back now, bringing in the balance that’s needed. Finishes with dryness and heat. However this is a pricey beer, over $17.00.