KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle, shared with Danielle Morris via chat.dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Pours a deep amber with a nose of oaky resin and bourbon chocolate. Flavor is oaky bourbon and young fruit with a finish of delicate chocolate. Average mouthfeel. Not bad, just a beer I’ve had before.
Hazy amber with a thin tan head. Caramel malt, vanilla and bourbon -- what’s not to like? Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Gold wax dipped bomber. The pour yields a clear, deep burgundy colored body with a glint of darker chestnut. A small, smooth head of dark khaki foam slowly settles to a thin but lasting blanket. Splotchy branches and trailing spots of lace mark the glass. The aroma is instantly big and boozy, loaded with hot, woody bourbon, showing unwelcomed hints of glue or solvent (though not prominent). Eventually, the foreign scent blows off, revealing further layers of burnt brown sugars, caramel, and a touch of raisin. Flavors show more of the same searing bourbony heat and sweet burnt sugars. Hints of buttery toffee creep in, as do some earthy, woody tones. The palate is predictably big, sugary, and hot, but what is unexpected is the intensity of the carbonation on the back end, which tends to dry out and sting the tongue. Overall, this brew is a major disappointment. Note to brewers....if you’re starting out with a mediocre base beer, barrel-aging is not likely to save it. hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2011
bottle at dak’s 1/2/11.
hazy. maple-y honey color with no real lasting head.
it smells like coppertone!... lots of green spicy wood, bourbon, umami, cumin, brown sugar, green peppers and vanilla-y coco-nuttiness.
the flavor is quite savory and picks up some white chocolate business along with all the stuff from the aroma. there is a mald bitterness on the finish which helps clean up after the medium body. nice. 8.5/3/8/4/17 JanLaursen (3226) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2013
Bottled, 22 oz, courtesy of Pinball, thanx. Beautiful reddish amber colored, small beige head. Woody nose, bourbon, vanilla, sweet toasted malts. Full body, lots of alcohol, thick sugary texture, malty, oaky tannins in the finnish. Not exactly well balanced.
DrnkMcDermott (3176) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Tasted from bottle at DLD in April. Lightish brown color, but that color is solid. A thin layer of foam. Smell is a little sweet, not far off from a Bigfoot. Oh, my! A lot of stuff going on in the tongue, Makes for an excellent barleywine. Just a little bit of hop layer at the start. Then pretty sweet malts,but with plenty of malt character. Noticeably alcoholic. But with a light soda texture. A little oak in the finish. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Red-brown, beige cover. Aroma is fusel, alcohol, caramel, light fruit. Taste is fruity, caramel, vanilla, oak, whisky. Nice enough but a little harsh. Brandman (2964) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2013
Dirty brown to amber body, offwhite head. Aroma has sour caramel, some resiny hops, cookies, chocolate, sorbus, bourbon, vainilla. Very round palate, balanced. Smooth and oily. Huge beer with huge sourness. Cookie dough and alcohol. Just great. kevinator (2867) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Good bourbon aroma with mild hoppiness. First BBA Barley Wine for me and it works but not as well as a stout or quad. Cool dark tea color that gave the impression a lot was floating around in there. Not big pieces, mind you, just cloudy. The palate was full but oily. The taste had a sour tone that may have been intended or not. Nonetheless it appeared to age well. This new batch appears to have produced a lower ABV at 10%, which was still noticeable. Good and unique but not perfect. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Obscured brick-orange. Creamy ring of eggshell bubbles. Clunky nose of raw sugary oak, sour rhubarb, sulfur, vanilla, pineapple upside-down cake, and coconut. Fuzzy carbonation. Flaccid body. Overripe fruit and medicine-soaked pineapple assault the palate and add to the brutish monstrosity of flavors exacerbated by the ensuing sour rhubarb and unrefined oak sugars. No malt is able to permeate the oppressive barrier of sugars and Red Delicious apple peel dullness. Finishes limp with incessant medicine-soaked sugars. A haphazard kitchen-sink-style creation that is unclean and sugary to the point of inducing nausea. That’s too bad, because I found Chicken Killer to be an enjoyable and nicely balanced barleywine, and a beer which I feel would have lent itself to blending with a portion of barrel-aged beer. But this is just so one-dimensionally bourbony, the base beer is unrecognizable. Drain pour.