joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Pours dark reddish brown with a very creamy tan head. The aroma nice with dark fruits, brown sugar, whiskey, toffee, little cocoa and wood. The flavor is super potent with whiskey, toffee, cocoa, and even a little coffee in the finish. Some underlying hints of raisins and spice as well. The nice woody barrel notes in the finish compliment the richness of the brew. A ver complex and powerful barley wine. hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Very interesting aroma, toasty, sweet, woody. Some vanilla? Lots of wood in the flavour, some alcohol. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Many, many thanks to Garrett for the hook-up! 2006 bottle, rating #4100. Poured rich, ruddy brown with a low-profile beige head.. higher viscosity. The aroma was outstanding.. sweet, toasted caramel and toffee melded perfectly with a warm undercurrent of whiskey, vanilla, and prickly dark fruit.. mild oxidation stamped its impression on the edges quite eloquently. The flavor did just what I needed it to.. warm, thick caramel and vanilla rolled slowly onto the tongue on light carbonation.. whiskey pushed outward along with more vanilla plus molasses and toasted, slightly sour oak.. warmer yet on the back end and through the finish, but the heat was perfectly balanced and complementary at all times.. the lengthy finish was on the sweet side. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation as mentioned.. the transitions through the middle of the palate were a little rough, but it was very hard to find flaws in this. SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Draught at the Bistro Barrel Aged Festival 2009. Red-amber with a small head. Caramel and lots of spicy oak in the aroma. I think this was aged with oak chips (per the description sheet) and that was very obvious because of the very spicy, wood quality that the oak gave, in contrast to the sweeter and more mellow flavors that other beers got from barrels. The flavor had a solid caramel and toffee malt base with medium sweetness and plenty of spicy oak with a hint of whisky hotness. Good but not as integrated as the BA barleywines at the festival. nickd717 (4839) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
On tap at the Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Old Woody, huh? Not too appetizing. Oh well here goes... Pours deep reddish-amber with a small but lasting off-white head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, oak, whiskey, and sherry. Flavor is a bit oxidized with sherry notes, but this does not detract. Lots of caramel and toffee, as well as prominent oak, with vanilla and whiskey also in there. Whiskey not too strong like other barrel aged barleywines can be. Medium-full body with a smooth mouthfeel and soft carbonation. I’ve tried an embarrassingly low number of Schooners beers. Need to step that up.
bhensonb (15618) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Tap at the Bistro BA fest. As Old Woody 2006 at 10.5%. Poured reddish amber with bubbles. Mildly oaky aroma. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is vanill, chocolate and more chocolate. It’s weirdly complex. Finish is bourbon, vanilla, mild sweet malt. Quite good. bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2009
(Draught) Pours a deep amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of maple, vanilla, vinous and raisins. Flavor of maple, raisins, caramel malt, and vanilla with an oak finish. Papsoe (25059) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
On tap. Clear, warm orangey brown with a beige head. Warming alcoholic nose, wood and bourbon. Full-bodied with lots of wood, burned caramel and overripe fruit. Warming alcohol in the finish - perhaps a little overdone. 100709 gbhardy (1) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009 does not count
Opportunity courtesy of ZazuH and Craig - 2006 vintage. First taste from chilled bottle greeted me with fragarent malty aroma with notes of apple spice cake. Excellent creamy mouth feel with pleasant tangy sweetness and a mild hop bitterness cleansing the palatte for the next pull. Slightly smokey similar to roasted caramel malt grain. Beautiful ruby amber color with excellent clarity. After letting the glass sit and reach ambient temperature there was an increased fragrant aroma and intensity to the fullness of flavors. Great job, Craig.
2005 vintage Bouquet of black cherries and malt. Mouth feel not quite as creamy smooth as 2006 but same great smokey sweetness. Excellent clarity with more amber in color. Spice cake flavor more prominent than 2006. Had to hide the bottle from my wife to save the second glass for me!!! Ungstrup (38248) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2009
Handbottled, 2005 scotch barrel. A hazy amber beer with a lazing off-white head. The aroma is malty combined with notes of caramel, and some fruit. The flavor has strong notes of malt and caramel, as well as some fruits. Nice