stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2013 After complaining to the brewery about this being the worst beer i’ve ever forced down the gullet, 5 weeks later i get some xhicken killer and a properly cellared kickin chicken; here is my re-rate;
Initial nose is bourbon followed by anise from the calavados barrels. Initial sip is overly hoppy followed by anise and old bourbon. Much better fresh than off the shelf.
Development with this in the cellar will require a constant bit of maintenance to maintain a low temp to prevent any kind of infection.
Last one i had was sour crap shit acid beer. This one- 95% better.
Cheers brian lock for taking care of me!!
Aaron yespr (45508) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2013
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted malty and light yeasty. Toffee malty and light phenolic. Bourbon smooth and alcohol warmth. Bitter and dry finish. Pinball (12157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2013
clear brown, small light brown head. aroma is sweet malty, alc.wood. flavor is boozy woody malty, dry. nutty and boozy barley wine. FlacoAlto (4182) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2013
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a two-finger thick, tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a hazed, amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of coconut, a touch of Bourbon alcohol notes, and perhaps even a touch tart, which accentuates a fruit character here; melon, some plum notes, and green raisins. The oak character also contributes notes of toasted wood, a touch of nutty character, which is also perhaps brought out by a touch of sherry like character. As the beer warms up more of the malt character comes out with notes of English Biscuit like malt, brown-sugar coated brown bread crust, and perhaps even some touches of molasses.EcnarM (112) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - FEB 15, 2014
The beer has a light carbonation, which offsets a chewy body that really isn’t all that heavy for a beer of this strength. The beer has lots of barrel character, touches of coconut, definite vanillin notes, spicy wood notes, some astringent barrel character, spicy bourbon notes, melon like Bourbon fruit, and spicy, warming alcohol. The beer does have a tartness to it, that actually adds quite a bit to this beer, it really accentuates a nice fruitiness , and definitely comes along with a nice funky edge to this beer (fermenting this next to all the wild beers has had an effect); tart floral plums, tart raisins, a touch of melon notes and a bright fig note. The malt has a caramelized edge to it, plus lots of sweet, chewy, brown bread flavors to it.
This is actually quite nice, the funkiness and light tartness definitely brings a complexity and character to this beer. Of course I can be a bit burnt out at times of normal Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley. This can be a bit hot at times, but it is still pretty tasty in the end.
Pours a hazy deep orange color. Hints of bourbon over fruit aroma. Sweat on the front of the tongue with the bourbon coming alive in the back of the mouth along with a spicey note.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BuckeyeBoy (7718) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 30, 2015
22oz bottle pours out a dark amber topped with a small head. Nose is bourbon barrel vanilla lots of sweetness and some booze. Taste is sweet caramel toffee barrel vanilla and some bourbon. Angelmonster (199) - Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Review is of Bomber from 5/2014
Pours a walnut brown body. Head is about 1/5th of an inch and white. Lacing and head retention were mediocre.
Smell is of sweet, nutty toffee, Bit of vanilla and whisky are next. Some soy sauce/oxidation are also present. Hops arent present, alcohol is there but not bad for a bourbon aged barleywine.
Taste is slightly sour, getting a little bit of plum and oxidation. Caramel malt, rye, and whisky are next, followed by burnt oak. Hops are not detected and alcohol is pretty mellow for 12% alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and decently carbonated. Head died quickly unfortunately, could’ve used the creamy texture of a full head for this one.
Overall this beer just doesnt live up to its base beer version. It has some off flavors of oxidation and sourness that are especially unpleasant in a barleywine. It’s unfortunate, I usually really enjoy Santa fe brewing’s offerings. crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2012
very much lacking its malty character. soapy barrel note. watered-down body but the bourbon portion makes up just a bit. Ungstrup (37680) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2013
Bottled. A hazy dark red beer with a thin tan head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, bourbon, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, alcohol, wood, and a bit of bourbon, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. Thanks pinball for sharing. Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2013
Big BIG thanks to Doodler for reading my mind and send me this NM barleywine. I owe you man! The gold waxed 22oz bomber pours opaque copper with gold hues and supporting a short lived tan head of foam. The aroma offers up a tart sort of red wine note and then it starts to get into some oak, vanilla and bourbon. The taste is similar where I’m getting bourbon sliding into a barrel tartness and a bit of red wine. Wow, there is no beer left here but just vanilla, bourbon and a slight infection. Sure glad I didn’t try and age this one.