Scopey (14731) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle shared by Kenny at Bruce’s new place. It pours deep amber with a medium yellow-white head. The nose is wood, earth, toffee, honeycomb, vanilla, coconut and marshmallow. The taste is smooth, woody, earth, toast, bourbon, alcohol warmth, dried fruit, some astringency, vanilla and coconut with a dry, warming finish. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Perhaps a touch hot, but rather nice maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle cheers to Ken. Clear, golden amber with a small, firm and very sticky beige head. Nose is balanced booze and spice - white pepper, some vanilla, white chocolate and coconut. More dried fruits coming out in the taste - fig, dates, currants. Some oaky vanilla, woody undertones and more white chocolate. Quite sweet like sticky toffee and resinous hops. Astringent bitterness towards the back end. A touch hot. Solid stuff, should age gracefully Leighton (21255) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London - thanks to Ken. Pours clear amber with a frothy, tan head. The nose has leaves, dry caramel, dry bread, some wood. Medium sweet flavor with boozy punchy, leaves and earth, dry wood, dry caramel, bitter toasted grass. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, lots of earthy bitterness, dry caramel, dry wood, some leathery berries. Not bad. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Super boozy with vanilla and caramel and a decent bit of dark fermented fruits. Good, but could probably lay down for a while. arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2013
750ml bottle $15. I was excited to get a bottle because I heard only 20 cases came to CO. I also remember liking this when I had a taste at GABF five or six years ago. Unfortunately this one was a real disappointment for me. Appearance was about identical to regular Bigfoot, ruby red but less head than the regular. The aroma was quite nice, good whiskey and barrel coming out of the bottle and my glass. The flavor was just a mess for me. Huge bitter hops conflicted with whiskey flavors and then heavy brown sugar, just messy. I think my real problem was that the beer just had too much bitterness that in my opinion does not work well with the whiskey barrels. I would not purchase this again but if barrel aged Narwhal comes out, whew!
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barncatmatt (2286) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2013
750ml bottle shared by jprime. deep orange with an off white head. super sweet, huge barrel. i had a tough time getting through my part of the bottle and we split it 5 ways. not bad but too sweet to be drinkable. Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle at Armin’s with friends, courtesy of Armin. Thanks man. Pour is murky amber brown with little to no head. Big caramelly, toffee, raisins, figgy, prunes, grapey, cola, woody, and bourbon aroma. Taste is caramel, bourbon, slightly oxidized, figs, prunes, raisins, and malty aroma. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Pretty tasty BA Barleywine. Experiment_Ale (1098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2013
750 at Armin's. pours maple bronze. Aroma is oak, fig, light rye. Taste is sweet malt, sticky figs, thick malty rye. arminjewell (9669) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Pour out 750 mL bottle, dark reddish brown pour with thin off white head, aroma brought notes of caramelized sugar, dark fruits, nice earth, lots of oak, bourbon, hints of earth and spice. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, oak, nice vanilla, whiskey, finishing fairly bitter, nice and sweet. boisebeerguy (209) - boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Has this side by side with regular. Completely different beer. Definitely smell and taste the barrel and some vanilla. Very smooth on the tongue, but still very boozy.