JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Not sure of the vintage. Pours a nice cloudy brown orange with almost no head. The BBAing was done very nicely with this beer. Warm, sweet, malty, a bit boozy very drinkable and quite tasty I would definitely grab a few more of these to lay dawn and enjoy over the next few years if given the opportunity! jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2012
@Maxx’s TURD Tasting–22oz bottle-pours a dark amber with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, spice, medium/dark fruit, medium malt. Taste is smooth bourbon, spice, medium/dark fruit, medium malt, vanilla. Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2012
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured hazy amber with a white head and some lace. aroma was cedar, bourbon, caramel, dark fruits, and brown sugar. flavor was much the same, but minus the cedar. body was slick with low carbonation. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Bottle at a recent bottle share... Poured dark, amber-brown with a nice white head. This hit the spot. A nice BA Barleywine. Dark charred grains and wood with whiskey notes and smooth sweetness similar to vanilla and toffee. freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2013 Pours medium brown with beige head. Smells sour with a soapy grainy sweetness with the vanilla and sweetness of the barrel peaking through. The taste is very rich with lots of grains and a prevailing tart/sour with barrel notes. The sour brings a vinegar light acidic cherry melon fruit flavor with the roasted barley giving it a really nice bed to play in. The bourbon barrel is a close afterthought, showing nicely in the finish. The carbonation is smooth and it all sets up like sour beer, but has a great barrel aged barleywine flavor. It could rank under the sour wild in my book not a barleywine outright. It finishes mostly clean with lingering bittering grains in the back of my tongue and a sweet sugary barrel feel in the front. The bourbon warms as it goes down and coats everything leaving the desirable light boozy warming sensation. Got one to age because this could go anywhere, good or bad.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 11, 2010
When opening this bottle, make sure you have a few friends for sharing, because this brew is strong. Also, make sure you like the aroma of bourbon, because that is easily the most dominant element. This beverage pours a dark amber-brown, mostly opaque, with a nice frothy head. The alcohol aroma is almost overpowering. Beneath generous layers of bourbon, hints of vanilla, burnt caramel, raisins, prunes, and spices emerge. The liquid is thick and oily. The flavor is sweet, fiery, and moderately bitter. It has potent, heady effects. This is an improvement from Santa Fe’s standard barleywine ale, but I wonder what would happen if a more excellent barleywine had been aged in those barrels...? bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
(22oz bottle) Pours a hazy amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of bourbon, cherry, vanilla, and caramel. Flavor of toasted coconut, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and toffee. SpringsLicker (3664) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Cloudy brown body with garnet highlights under a thin tan head.
Complex aroma of brown sugar, vanilla bourbon.
The flavor is well balanced and follows the aroma. Some alcohol.
Well balanced overall. DrnkMcDermott (3130) - 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. jtclockwork (17070) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2012
Bottle shared by Jcwattsrugger at MaxxDaddy’s tasting. Pours dark amber with off white head. Nose/taste of toffee, caramel, wood, vanilla, bourbon and sweet malt. Medium body.