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 (13239) - 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. 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. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
(22oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) cloudy honey brown color with soapy edge bubbles. Nose of bourbon, honey, caramel, and a bit of chlorine. Taste of honey, big alcohol, caramel, sweet grain, and a bit hot in the finish. Big, bold, and decadent overall. jtclockwork (17654) - , 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.
Travlr (26430) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Draft at the source. Murky variegated golden brown colorbright tan head. Aroma of vanilla, citrus. Taste is rich, boozy, creamy vanilla and caramel. Tasty. 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. wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Tasted on 3/19/13 from a waxed and capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Quarter’s in 2010. Pours clear dark burnt orange with a thin tan head that recedes to thin lace. The nose is full of sweet caramel and toffee with tons of oaky brown sugar and maple bourbon, some toasted bitterness, and just a touch of dill oak as well. The flavor is much the same with the toasted bitterness coming through nicely, the caramel and toffee maltiness are there as well as tons of bourbon. The body is full with just lighter than average carbonation and a long malty caramel and maple bourbon finish. The heat is not hidden on this one as well as the regular version. 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. HuskerTan (2452) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - JUN 30, 2014
A- Dark fruits, caramel, rosy, whiskey, woody.
A- Mahogany color, slightly hazy liquid, minimal head.
T- Dark fruits, malty, caramel, bourbon, rosy, slightly sweet.
P- Full body, average texture, soft carbonation, smooth finish.
O- One of the sweetest and smoothest barley wines I have had to date. There is an aroma and taste that I can’t wait put together, but it’s a pleasant one at that. Can’t really tell this has been aged that much, but it’s subtly there.