Tmoney99 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Draft. Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy vanilla, toasted malt, bourbon alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark malt and bourbon bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Draft @ FFF’s Anny Party...pours a murky brown with no head to speak of. Nose is a pleasant blend of strong roasted malts, some biscuit, vanilla bean, bourbon and a bit of dry cocoa powder. Starts off a bit hot but quickly balances out with notes of sweet bread dough, vanilla, wood and bourbon. Very nice brew to start the day off with. Cheers!! Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2011
This poured a cloudy lighter brown color with a tiny tan head. Aroma was just loaded with soft bourbon and barrel characters, marshmallows and pineapples, sweet caramel and toffee too. Flavor were melded really well between the barrel notes, the bourbon and the sweetness of thr barleywine. I might have liked this more then Behemoth, dare I say. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Snifter-sized pour had at the source... Pours a deeper reddis caramel toffee hue and topped with a thin to medium soapy white head that quickly reduces while gravitating towards the sides of the glass... Bourbony forward nose with an equalling dark fruit and caramel toffee component. Pretty assertive sweetness in general which equates to a slow sipper. Somewhat of a syrupy feel to it all things equal... Flavors move in a better direction with spicy bourbon caramel and toffee all mingling well altogether. A little boozy with added hnts of peppery spice but it seems to work synergistically. Some nice warmth would serve well in the colder winter months. It’s 60 today and still pretty welcoming as a matter of fact. This hits pretty hard tho. 50belair (3617) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2012 On tap at 3 Floyds’. Murky brown pour with an off white head. All kinds of bourbon in the nose. Smooth bourbon, caramel, dark fruits, and vanilla notes. I imagine a year or two in the bottle and this will be phenomenal...
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
draft at the XV party... murky medium brown beer, not much to look at... I didn’t enjoy the base beer much but this is a huge upgrade, its sweet but distractingly so, really easy to drink, bourbon, caramel, prunes... try this zebra (2096) - Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2011
should it be something like "bawel aged"? went nicely with the braised leek, crème fraiche, black mission fig, pickled fennel, and goat cheese pizza. mikem409 (2022) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2011
had this last night on tap on my journey to 3f boy what a treat. very dark brown the bourbon is intensly present in the aroma. served in snifter has big bourbon flavor and very warming from the alcohol but not sweet like a triple or quad. very much enjoyed this beer and hope to have it again. tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
murky brown with beige thin head, lots of caremel and huge bourbon presence. almost chewey mouthfeel. tons of bourbon again in the flavor, caremel, alcohol, almost quad like dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Pours muddy brown with off white skin that quickly fades away and does not readily come back, even with vigourous swirling. Aroma is sherry, dried plums, raisins, booze, heavy caramel, cardboard-y oxidation notes, hint of chocolate. Taste is heavy bourbon barrel, booze, vanilla, caramel, some cardboard and dried fruit, chocolate on the finish; a bit booze heavy but also served way too cold. Body is full, syrupy, low carbonation, nice balanced sweet and bitter finish. Overall, a rare and delicious barleywine, a tad heavy on the booze but hugely complex