mabel (10004) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
[4750-20120819] Tap. Mild orange and grainy toasted malt aroma. Clear, amber brown body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Super sweet boozy bourbon barrel and toasted wood malt flavour. Full body is Super Boozy. Did I mention the alcohol? And the punch in the kisser? Yeah, that. (7/4/6/3/14) 3.4
Dorwart (2613) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2012
(@ Cole’s, Buffalo, NY)
From growler. Thin off-white head of dense and creamy bubbles. Rich bourbon, caramel, butterscotch, sweet malts and some raisins in the aroma. Color is a dark crimson mahagony. Wow, super smooth flavor. More butterscotch, some vanilla, lots of caramel and a bit of dry roastyness behind it all. Noticable alcohol presence and warming but not as powerful as I would have expected. Good body. Not real thick and syrupy as you might expect from a 14% barleywine. Finishes smooth and slick. A very good barleywine that is not overpowering bourbon wise and goes down way to smooth and easy. I can see myself getting into trouble with this one. Prototypical headache brew! zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2012
(growler from Beers of the World - Henrietta, NY) Deep red pour with a very thin head. Though the growler was about a month old, it still had some carbonation to it. Big sweet vanilla and bourbon nose with lots of malts and a light oak finish. Flavor is equally as sweet. Malt and vanilla dominate the start mixing with a smooth and sweet bourbon and wood finish. Bourbon on the aftertaste but a very light alcohol burn. chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2012
On tap @ Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore. Deep redish brown color with a small off white head. Nose is very sweet - dark fruit, vanilla, and oak. Chewy, sticky mouthfeel. Taste is all about the bourbon...and sweet fruit. Alcohol is well disguised. Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Draft at yard house. Cloudy brown with amazing lacing. Very malty due to the high alcoholic content. Not as much burn.
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blipp (9899) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Draft. Amber, off white head. Sweet caramel candy, dark candy sugar, light bourbon, lighter fruity sweetness. Really really sweet. Not bad. budznsudz (584) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Pours dark rust with a frothy white head. The nose is tobacco, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and sweet syrup. The taste is syrupy sweet goodness with bourbon, oak, vanilla, and the perfect dose of hops. There is a mild alcohol burn but the 14.1% is hidden remarkably well. Kudos to Southern Tier on this one. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.
Pours a very cloudy, dark copper color with mahogany edges and a half finger, off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Surprisingly good retention considering the high abv. Streaks of lace left behind.
Huge bourbon barrel aroma with lots of charred oak, toasted coconut and vanilla as well as a very prominent spicy bourbon character. Underneath, there are some burnt sugars, caramel malt sweetness, toffee and leather. It takes a while to open up before you can smell anything but bourbon barrel, but once it does, there’s even some dark fruit. Hints of raisin, fig and plum as well as a ton of sweet booze.
Medium bodied with a blast of super sweet, hot booze that dominates the flavor. Everything else from the nose is completely overpowered until it warms up substantially. Really, really hot and unpleasant. It doesn’t even have good bourbon flavor, just overwhelming alcohol heat and sweetness. The oak barrel is present as well with roasted wood flavor but only has a subtle vanilla character and not much else. Way too hot and sweet with little flavor until the palate adjust and it warms up considerably. Mildly earthy with some leathery malt, peppery spice and faint dark fruit notes but it’s completely overpowered by the cheap bourbon flavor. Overall this is an overly sweet booze bomb that’s tough to drink. I can feel all 14.1%! jercraigs (11071) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2012
2012-08-19. Crisp dark brown with a nice beige head and great lace. Rich sweet malty core, caramel, muted toasty malt, finishes dry with oaky tanniny character, mild vanilla, dry whiskey sort of scotch like character. 7+ Modest aroma, sweet malt, dry caramel/toast. Mild whiskey and oak accents. 7+ Very smooth medium bodied palate. Pretty nice but I prefer the non-barrel aged version. Draft sampler at Coles, Buffalo Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2012
In short: Another brutal booze & sweetness bomb. Meh
How: Tap at Tap-NY 2012
The look: Cloudy light-copper body topped by a persistent small beige head
In long: Nose is a bit boozy, medium bourbon presence, vanilla and sweet dessert. Taste is cloyingly sweet, extra-sweet overcooked caramel, a lot of booze, a shot of cheap bourbon without the wood barrel sensation, vanilla. No complexity, this just another brutal sweet booze bomb. Intense it is (hence the good ratings) but good it is not. I bet Al Qeeda trains their rookies to hate America by making them drink boozy bourbon barrel aged boozy sweet beers.