Tmoney99 (15044) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Bottle from the Party Source. Poured clear brown color with an average to large frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy bourbon, malt and wood aroma. Moderate to full body with a smooth slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet malt flavor with a medium to heavy bourbon sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met with a complex beer. Dogbrick (14028) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2010 This beer pours an amber-copper color with a medium and somewhat fluffy white head that recedes steadily. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of oak and vanilla plus some hops. Medium body with flavors of bourbon-infused malt, vanilla and hops. Some fruity notes as well. The finish is malty with a slightly boozy aftertaste. Above average overall. slowrunner77 (13006) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"this was a very interesting and complex beer. the aroma had a ton of oak, with some vanilla, pepper, and hoppy undertones. the body was nice, and the beer was quite a warmer as it reached the bottom. the flavor was very complex, but i do wonder if i’d have like the barleywine bourbon aged by itself a bit more than the barleywine/pale blend. i’m a hophead, but the mix of hop aftertaste with bourbon was a bit odd. not bad, just odd. overall, it was a tasty unique brew that i’m glad i got to try. from a trade with bluesandbarbq." alexsdad06 (10983) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2009
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. The pour is deep golden amber with a medium fine off white head. The aroma has notes of caramel, vanilla, wood, and hints of cherries and dried fruit. Not as hoppy as expected from reading the label. Still bourbony, boozy notes offer a reminder of where this beer has been. Caramel flavor is equally as rich and dominant upfront in the taste as it was in the nose. Vanilla and well blended bourbon swirl around in the mouth and create a varying complexity of tastes. Near mid-palate the hops come in with a mild grassy, herbal taste. Very smooth from the bourbon barrel aging. The alcohol remains hidden for the most part behind the hop bitterness and sweet malt, but shows itself in the nice warmth it creates as you empty your glass. I would like to know what the abv is on this one. phaleslu (10750) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2009
12 oz. bottle from The Party Source. Pours mostly clear gold amber with a big off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, bourbon, sweet malts, and hops- just a really nice bourbon barrel ale nose. Nothing unexpected, but well done. The aroma is better than the flavor, which is made up of the same notes. Sweet, medium bodied, minimally carbonated, and a nice booziness. Admittedly, I’m a sucker for BA beers, and this is a solid, inexpensive, straightforward example.
sebletitje (10424) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2010
Thanks Zack, Blazer06 for the share. DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2012
light brown, white head.
caramel malts, light bourbon, touch of sweet vanilla. This one is quite easy to drink, lots of flavors with a touch of bitter hops on the palate. Retains moderate barley approach with the more hopped centered pale ale. Not over the top
12oz bottle. Bottled 7/30/12. Nice malty aroma. Rich and woody bourbon aroma. Smooth lighter carbonation, bigger body, clean finish, with a good woody - bourbony aftertaste. Aroma is ample but not over powering, and exhibits little to no alcohol bite. Moderate bitter taste. Thin light khaki head leaves some loose lace. Hazy brown / red body. Some vanilla. Light maple, brown sugar. A worthy competitor to the super-popular Kentucky version. Very nice to pair with my clam chowder. Gets better and better as I go. solidfunk (9446) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Lightly barreled and pretty well done. Even though there isn’t much to this beyond barrel its still good. Light caramelized malt and some hint of candy. Like a mini barley wine. Dark amber pour with OK head. Bittersweet finish with some booze. Tap at world of beer. b3shine (9208) - Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks solid; a somewhat opaque brownish-orange with off-white lacing. Smells semi-sweet, malty, grainy, and a little doughy and boozy. Tastes like it smells, but less balanced, with an average (and somewhat thin) mouthfeel. Underwhelming. Ibrew2or3 (8860) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Sample courtesy of Blazer06. Pours clear copper with weak off white head. The aroma is sweet with bourbon, vanilla, raisins, plums, molasses and a sense of wood. The taste is pretty smooth with vanilla and bourbon booze to go along with mild levels of dried dark fruitiness and then lingering vanilla into the after taste.