glennmastrange (2931) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2017
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of roasted, caramel, nuts, bourbon and cookie, light cooked orange for the hops, light to moderate dough and broth for the yeast, with toffee, raisin and a little alcohol in the background. Head is small, fizzy, and quickly diminishes to nothing, with no lacing but good legs. Color is clear dark brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and slightly acidic, then finishes moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. Palate is medium to full, between creamy and syrupy, with a soft carbonation and a lightly alcoholic finish. The best Barley Wine I've had in a while. Smooth, great balance in flavor, and super complex aroma. tsd08460 (1260) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2017
Bottle from Total Wine in Sterling, VA jredmond (8770) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2017
Aroma: caramel, bourbon, vanilla, maple, whiskey, woody
Appearance: deep amber with a short-lived tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
Draft at Screamen Eagle with A&E, B&E, F&T and PJ. Thankfully PJ enjoys punishing his body and didn’t mind ordering a 475 calorie beer (served in a pint glass). Pours a deep brown body with slight reddish tint and soapy off white lace. Nose is faint maple syrup, loads of sugar, oak/oxidation and light earthy character. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with lots of sugar, alcohol and sweet wood/oxidation. superspak (6086) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2017
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 4/2017. Pours crystal clear dark ruby red/brown color with a 1 finger foamy and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, toffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, butterscotch, roasted nuts, cocoa, cherry, plum, raisin, herbal, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malts, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel/oak notes; with great strength. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, toffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, butterscotch, roasted nuts, cocoa, cherry, plum, raisin, herbal, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/woody bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, toffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, coconut, butterscotch, cocoa, dark fruit, herbal, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel/oak flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slight dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light carbonation and full body; with a smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/syrupy/sticky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mild increasing warmth, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged American barleywine! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel/oak flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Very clean on yeast notes, with minimal hop presence. Extremely rich and complex, with perfect bourbon barrel/oak balance and integration. I think this is likely just the barrel/oak aged version of the 2016 Backburner, as it had maple and molasses added already. A highly enjoyable offering. Dogbrick (13986) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2017
On draught at Bob’s Bar. Clear copper color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily to an outer ring. Partial rings of lace. Aroma of malt, maple and oak. Full-bodied with flavors of sweet maple, oak, malt and a bit of hops. The finish is sweet with a maple syrup aftertaste. Good beer all around.
RLiddell (142) - Valrico, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2017
On tap at Kilted Mermaid, Vero Beach. Pours dark mahogany with no head. Nose is light maple syrup and oak. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste, rich maple syrup, strong malt backbone. No attempt to hide the alcohol! Really nice barley wine! Ron (4214) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2017
Bottle with JB. A hard pour did not kick up much foam at all and it died right off. Nice sweet and oaky aromas. Good thick malty backbone to give it good body. Balanced flavor with sweetness coming from the maple syrup then some oak and it hides some of the alcohol. Yea, it’s a sipper alright. Thanks JB. jb (3425) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2017
Appearance is a clear burnt sienna, reddish highlights. Little to no lacing, head, etc. Nose is a chaotic jumble of booze, maple, and brown sugar. Thick rich mouthfeel This beer is finally starting to interest me at this point. One hell of a backbone, a bit of the oak, not too sweet, not sure what the counterweight is that is preventing that, but it is at least partially the oak. Taste is a bit sweet, a bit boozy, a bit of oak, all nicely balanced. It’s going to take me multiple days to finish the bomber. DocLock (11108) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2017
Bomber from Smith’s, and I would surmise that this one, at a behemoth 14.9% ABV, would be in my top 25 highest ABV beers. The pour is turbid ruby/burnt sienna depending upon light, with min head. Nose is huge oaky bourbon, caramel, molasses, tannins, mild maple. Tastes dense, very oaky and bourbony, with notes of molasses, tannins, caramel malt, maple, vanilla. Complex as hell, and hot throughout, as one would expect, and absolutely delicious. A proud straddler of the beer/spirits boundary, this one is a Brobdingnagian example of this style, and it goes without saying that lightweights need not apply. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2017
22oz bottle. Poured a deep amber color with a small sized off white head. Maple syrup, caramel, toffee, bourbon barrel, and brown sugar. Some alcohol in the finish.