hopscotch (10761) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft... Clear ruby ale. The bouquet offers orange zest, candy sugar, dried dark fruits and fruitcake. I’m also picking up some rye spiciness. Full-bodied and oily with busy carbonation. The flavor is very sweet and borders on cloying - cotton candy and Karo brown syrup stand out. Finishes sticky and sweet.
slowrunner77 (10739) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Pretty nice biscuit malt forward barleywine. The 1/3 bourbon barreled blend leaves me wanting a little more barrel presence, though it comes out nicely as it warms. Depending on the bourbon, 50 50 is about perfect. Little hop presence, though there is some back-end bitterness. Overall, pretty nice, though not a standout."
BVery (9901) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Rust brown pour with minimal head. Nice nose of wood and sweet. Smooth full palate. Sweet caramel, low bitter, very nice.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, shared by DanielCoor. Hazy red orange amber color. Thin ring of off-white head. No lace really sticks, just a couple dots. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick. Dark fruit notes. Lightly spicy. Some woody tannins, light vanilla whimsey. Not much to it overall, though. Some light notes of oxidization. Tastes sort of "old", but not terribly "old". Moderate bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. Alcohol is well-hidden, not a factor at all, really. OK barley wine, but it hasn’t really aged well. Not atrocious, but not amazing. Dan was pretty disappointed by it (he didn’t want to finish it).
arminjewell (9423) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap, listed as 2011 Barley Ryne, dark orange-red pour with slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, red fruits into a bit of oak, bourbon into some sherry, oxidized notes into a bit of rye, spice. Taste was toast, rye, some caramel, slight wheat notes into some spirit, oak, bourbon into some fruit, finishing sweet.
Ibrew2or3 (8359) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber courtesy of Homer321, thanks Sean. It pours up with a murky amber body that has thin copper edges and supports a thin light tan head. The aroma offers up a nice mix of sweet prunes and figs to go along with a smooth sweet modest bourbon note and a sliver of vanilla. The taste begins smooth and it quickly gets into sweet prunes, figs, raisins and molasses. It then picks up a modest smooth sweet bourbon note that adds just enough to the experience. Great barrel contact time here. It gets a bit earthy at times into the finish. Nice sipper.
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle awhile back... not sure why I never rated. Rich brown pour with a decent khaki head. Slight BA aroma with earthiness and mustiness. Laid back malty flavor with a touch of BA and earthiness. Underwhelmed.
nimbleprop (7763) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle pours a hazy brown with some spitty white head. Nose of caramel, brown sugar, orange, booze. Sweet flavor, oranges, malty, caramel, a little pine sol. Full, sticky finish.
radagast83 (7602) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of noodleuser. Thanks! Poured a red-amber color, caramel, notes of sweet malts. Alcohol totally hidden. Wow.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Poured clear medium garnet with a smoked beige head. The aroma picked up aged caramel, molasses, and vanilla, with tart bourbon and spicy rye cutting through.. lots of lovely barrel on the back of the nose. The flavor opened with tangy bourbon and oak, with warm, creamy vanilla and caramel following.. spicy rye and sweet bourbon enveloped the decadent middle.. long, memorable finish.. loved it! Syrupy and thick on the palate with low-ish carbonation.. coating.. this was some excellent stuff!