Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2012
22 oz bottle for 7.50 (I think). Pours a murky red/brown with a decent off-white head. Some decent initial lacing. Aroma was of mild, not over the top bourbon, oak and caramel maltiness. Nice. Taste of bourbon, vanilla, some dark fruit splashes, oak, caramel. Full-bodied with a creamy smooth finish. I dig it b/c the label says only 1/3 matured in bourbon barrels. This lends to a known but more subtle approach to barrel-aging. This actually is one of finest beers Terrapin has put out. Quite lovely. jgb9348 (6262) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Sampled this Horizontally with the BFM Version of this beer
Crystal clear (no muddiness like BFM) ruby tinted brown coloured body with a strong rust and copper glow and a very thin tan head - showing more carbonation than the flat BFM. Aroma of totally different notes than BFM - cigars, scotch, whiskey, oak, vanilla pods, tobacco and a lot of earth really come out here - THIS is a barley wine. Medium to Full-bodied; Deep, strong alcohol flavour at first with a pungent earthy, tobacco and spicey malt flavour showing a great platform for pit fruits, peat and a little chocolate flavour. Aftertaste shows a great complexity with the typical barley wine flavours - oak, vanilla, scotch, pit fruits, earth and peat all come out here and play around the palate nicely. Overall, a much more representative barley wine compared to BFM - but a totally different flavour profile. Great to sample, especially horizontally, but these are totally different beers, and this one is a barley wine, if that’s what you want and/or expected! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Arrowine in Arlington, Virginia on 24-November-2012 for US$8.99 sampled at home in Washington on 22-June-2013.
2011 Bottle//Purchased November 2012//Sampled June 2013 Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2014
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. mar (5417) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Amber with a cream head. Sherry, caramel, rye, alcohol and sticky. Chewy malts, rye, sweet, dried fruits, and light alcohol. Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Having sampled the BFM version, I was fully expecting something similar (slightly tart/sour). This one was nothing even close to a sour. Not one bit of tartness or vinegar or noticeable bacteria of any kind. So my initial response was disappointment, but after getting past that, I realized I was drinking a really good barleywine! Clear copper/brown pour with very faint offwhite head. notes of black cherry, plum, leather, and not overly sweet. Smooth, almost mellow body seemed like this beer had been sitting for 3 years already. The abv was very well hidden - not hot or boozy in the least. Great to sip on. I actually preferred this version to the BFM.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - OCT 28, 2012
On tap at Rooster’s Beak. Dark red pour with a thick tan top. Scent is malty, woody with a note of bourbon. Taste is wood, caramel, rye and some spicy hops. Good stuff! jrob21 (3690) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Murky brown color. Aroma is slightly wild yeast with a bit of cherry to it. Flavor is deep red fruit, some vanilla, and wood from the ageing. Finish is a little boozy with some wood and grit on the back of the palate. Pretty good drink and it all comes together nicely. TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle - 2011 Barley Ryne. Copper pour with a short, bubbly tan head. Aroma is strong oak notes, soft vanilla, dark fruit, dark bread, caramel, and hints of brown sugar. Taste is big oak, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit notes, dark bread, toasted malt, soft booze, light toasted coconut and toffee notes. Body is medium-full and the carbonation is light leading to a pleasant slickness and mild alcoholic warmth. Ends with more caramel, toffee notes, dark bread, dark fruit notes, oak, vanilla, and brown sugar notes. Damn tasty! ben4321 (6510) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Location: 22 oz bottle from Oak Tree, 1/4/13
Ratman197 (14842) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Aroma: The nose is rich caramel malts, with some bourbon, vanilla, molasses, and a little rye
Appearance: Pours a clear reddish color with a small beige head that leaves drippy lace
Flavor: This one is heavy malty, much like the nose component-wise, the caramel leads the way
Palate: This one is fairly full bodied, with a thickish, slightly sticky feel, and minimal heat
This was a pretty cleaver Barleywine. Somehow it sits there with minimal heat at 10%+. The caramel malts dominate, and the bourbon barrel aging adds a nice component. Rather good stuff. I’m glad I tried it.
Bomber courtesy of CraftBeerDesign (thanks Geoff!) poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toffee, tobacco, rye, light bourbon and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of oak, toffee, rye, light fruittiness and light bourbon with a smooth lingering oak finish. Flat out kicks the Swiss versions ass!