Steasy66 (1158) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Garnet with small white head. Vanilla notes from the barrel, slight hop in the aroma. Nothing super complex, but nice sweet flavor with some hops and great barrel flavor. Nice beer. halfwayhouse (14) - - NOV 26, 2013
This beer is fantastic. Great tastes of vanilla and caramel. Finishes with a strong whiskey and oak flavor. Overall great beer. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
On tap at 10 East. An excellent showing of a barrel aged barleywine and I think it succeeds so well because the base beer is outstanding. So instead of aging it it barrel to make an average beer better, it makes a great beer better. Lots of wet dirt/tree bark, bourbon, spice, dark fruits and vanilla. Flavor echoes the aroma very, very closely. Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, oaked, toffe and alcohol. Very well done. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Didn’t think I’d get any of this - low and behold I scored seven bottles today.
Toasted hazelnut with a light etching of creamy foam. Smells are initially boozy and harsh, allow this one to open for a good 10 minutes. then you’ll be rewarded with vanilla, nougat, whiskey barrel, caramel, hops are still in there, but profoundly subdued. Taste ranges from boozy, to sweet to bitter all in the same mouthful. I get lots of sharp alcohol early, then a deep malty character accented with syrup, spiced rum, bitterness, pine sap, toffee and some bits of plum. The body is thinner than I’d prefer, and the carb a little hi with a wet finish.
Make no mistake, the barrel added to the intensity of this beer. The barrel did not, however, tone down the beast, only changed the hairdoo. This beer is fucking hardcore. I am really surprised it was in the barrel for over a year, as the beer still seems a little rough around the edges (something I respect in a fresh Bigfoot) but with the added potential the whiskey barrel added to the overall depth. madmitch76 (26436) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2013
15th October 2013
JStax (7314) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s new pad. Lightly hazy red-amber beer. Tidy pale cream coloured head. Palate is smooth with fine carbonation. Smooth malt and smooth bourbon, just a little spice. Fruity tang with mild berries and a whisper of coconut. Light dry finish. Good BA Barleywine.
Bottle. Pours a pale copper with a white head of foam. Pine and herbal notes abound. Light oak and caramel. Some alcohol heat lingers in the back of the throat. DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2013
750ml bottle, shared by Jessica. Mostly clear red orange color. Thin off-white head. Few dots of lace. Woody, barrely nose. Some dark fruit. Little vanilla. Awesome toasty malt, light spice, good vanilla. Some alcohol heat, sort of a light burn. Moderate bitter taste, less sweet. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation, kind of drying texture, with the alcohol warmth in the finish. Alright BA barleywine, for me. A lot more barrel influence than I hoped for, a lot of wood, I’d have preferred more balanced. Alcohol is noticeable. Some taste of oxidation? Very interesting, big beer to sip on, though, enjoyable for the most part. A good long toasty aftertaste. Scopey (16277) - 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 (22820) - 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.