phillya1 (3) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2011 does not count
Very good, reasonably priced barley wine style ale ($5.49 or so for 22oz at upscale grocery chain). Small, diminishing off-white head; fair lacing. Cloudy amber appearance. Aroma is of bourbon and faint molasses. A full bodied beer with a good amount of alcohol heat, long flavor duration, mild sweetness and moderate bitter finish. Enjoyable experience. Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2011
Pours a deep orange/amber colour with no head. Aroma of bourbon, some citrus but not much else. The bourbon aroma is overwhelming. Flavour of bourbon, citrus, malt. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
On tap at Small bar as part of the Stone event. Drank side by side with the red wine version. 2005 batch...Pours a medium mostly transparent copper, looks watery with a light tan head. Looks exactly like the red wine...A really nice and smooth aroma that is almost a perfect strength because if it was any stronger it would overpower you. Vanilla, oak and bourbon come through, however the oak shows off a little harsh...The smoothness of he bourbon comes over on the taste but after that its pretty dead and boring. Not a ton of hops or vanilla and not as all smooth as the red wine.
Slightly below the red wine but try it if you can. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
Tap at RNH. Amber-ruddy pour with a tight white head. The nose is quite sweet and just lightly accented with vanilla and bourbon. Still smells quite resinous and piny so something makes me think this didn’t spend a ton of time in oak. Spicy/fruity hoppiness. Sticky palate - quite rich and chewy and very, very tasty. Amazing balance between the brawny barleywine and the soft kiss of complexity added by the barrel. Awesome - beer of the day for me. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
On tap at Churchkey.
Pours a nice copper color with a bit of a mahogany hue. Off white head that leaves a few traces of lacing on the way down. Nose brings a strong bourbon character along with some nice wood and vanilla notes. A bit boozy, but not distractingly so. Taste brings the bourbon forward atop caramel, vanilla, oak, some sugar, and a bit of alcohol. Feel is quite nice and lively with a touch of creaminess. Drinks quite well and is a good example of one of my more preferred styles.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-06-2010
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Had on tap at the Stone Total Tap Takeover in Baltimore (06 Vintage)
A-pours a lightly hazed brownish copper with an extremely thin and barely around tan head.
S-notes of oak and vanilla are very faint as there is a touch of caramel as cardboard and oxidation takes over with a faint burn of alcohol in the back.
T-follows the nose, extremely oxidized with tons of cardboard flavors and just a hint of caramel and vanilla as the only thing really around other than oxidation is heat in the finish.
M-syrupy and rough on the palate with a messy finish and a burning carbonation.
D-extremely oxidized offering little in the place of a base beer and the barrel aging adds minimal wood and vanilla. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Tap at RnH for Stone tap takeover: ’06 version. Very sweet, fruity peaches, toasty, bready malts, toffee malts. Intense oakiness, throat tingly peppery. Tasty with a bit of oxidation. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2010
On tap at Stone-40 Baltimore event. tepid tan pour, no sign of a head. Nose of Cardboard, Flavor of severe oxidation, sickly pale bourbon barely surviving through the hot, Cardboard finish. Very oxidized compared to 06 brandy, not as Much barrel surviving, though the heat Is there. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Appearance: Dispensed a hazed, darkish copper-amber body with a thin, very short-lived head.
Smell: An emphatically sweet-smelling nose, with all these candyish notes of caramel, treacle, cooked raisins and Honey Crisp cereal seizing control of the aroma, leaving little room for the bourbon. Still, some tenuous hints of bourbon and vanilla are present.
Taste: First and foremost, it’s sugary, with an unabating sweetness. It’s a pot stirred up with clover honey, light caramel sauce, and simple syrup. Secondary to the incessant sweetness are the bourbon hints of vanilla and toasty, tannic oak wood. Fruity touch of macerated golden raisins. Hop flavor and bitterness seems to have since exited the brew. Heated alcohol cuts through prior to the slow, sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: The heavy sweetness is a hurdle for me, slowing my progress to a safe crawl and impeding on the overall drinkability. It has a fairly subtle bourbon barrel character, though, overall, a pleasing taste suited to smaller, potentially fireside samples. User29624 (1683) - - OCT 12, 2010
I believe this was the 06. Tap at Small Bar Fullteron. Pours hazy amber with minimal head. Aroma of wood, vanilla, sweet malt, caramel. Good mix of the bourbon flavor, I thought it was well done.