hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Fobab. Poured a near clear dark brown with an amber hue and a yellowish gray head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma and flavor had bourbon with sweet grain and a bit of biscuit, bit underwelmed. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Bottled shared in line at DLD, courtesy of Andrew (nasty31). Thanks man!! Served in a Deschutes tulip.
A: Pours a murky dark peach color with a thin yellow head forming on the pour. It keeps a thin film and leaves some soapy looking lace behind.
S: Very nice. Sweet bourbon and light oak with a light citrus hop presence that stuck around nicely from the base beer. The finish is a sweet butterscotch flavor with a little vanilla also.
T: Caramel and citrus hops are there on the first sip and start to meld with smooth bourbon and oaky vanilla that comes on the finish.
M: Full bodied, but not chewy or heavy. Incredibly smooth with a spot on medium level carbonation and a nice barrel sweetness on the finish.
O: Incredibly smooth and delicious with the alcohol completely hidden. Great balance in the flavors and this will only get better. It’ll be nice to try this in a year or two when the hops fade and the maltier side starts to shine.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-02-2012 b3shine (9347) - Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Draft to snifter at DLD ’11 (from notes). Looks good; a hazy brown with beige head that dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes delicious! Sweet and boozy with notes of vanilla. Great on the palate too. Outstanding! daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Hazy brown pour with a caramel colored head. Aroma is big giant bourbon notes with some coconut, toffee, vanilla and oak. Very sweet flavor, big bold bourbon notes, some alcohol warmth. Nice, but wow drinking a whole bottle would be a chore! nyindiansfan (465) - rochester, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Bottle pours a red brien smells of booze oak caramel vanilla cherry darker fruits small hops hardly any. Pretty flat not much head nice slickly texture. Nice beer sweet a bit not over top really nice beer
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 28, 2012
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 Bottle. Rating #112. Hazy dark brown with a thin head. Sweet caramel and toffee aroma. Sweet malt and vanilla, very smooth and delicious. (2350) StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2012
AROMA-Bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee APPEARANCE-Dark ruby red brownish looking, cloudy, white latte head when 1st poured that minimizes to a white thing velvety ring. Little to no lacing. TASTE-Bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, butter scotch type flavors, almost like a bourbon barrel aged cotton candy if there was such a thing. PALATE-medium to full bodied with a slick and sticky texture and soft carbonation with a long woodsy, bourbony, sweet lingering long finish. OVERALL-This is the best BA Barley Wine I’ve had other than King Henry and I’ve had all the great ones in it’s class. Surprisingly good. Very smooth with the ABV well hidden. Very well balanced with dynamic deep flavors. This one will lead you into giving up an arm and a leg for a sip! KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 2/9/2011. Served on tap in a snifter at the brewpub.
This pours a murky brown color, much darker than regular Behemoth. Molasses brown in the middle, walnut brown at the edges, with a creamy tan head that quickly recedes to a ring, leaving just a bit of lace.
This is surprising, I mostly just get bourbon in the nose. Some oak, vanilla, and maybe some general dark fruit. All of the caramel malt and hoppy aroma has gone away.
Bourbon soaked all the way through the flavor, it almost drowns everything else out. Some caramel sweetness up front, followed by some dark fruits, oak, and vanilla that add a little bit of depth, but there is no hop presence. The bourbon just rolls over anything that would be left underneath. The finish is lightly sweet and heavy on the Woodford Reserve.
This is full bodied for sure. The creaminess gives the feeling the body is crushing the carbonation. Quite sticky. It has a harsh boozy feel in the throat and a pleasant alcohol warming in the stomach. The juiciness from the original is gone. It has more of a flat, somewhat dry bourbon feel.
One and done, definitely. I like barrel aged beers as much or more than the next guy, but this was just too much bourbon for me. It definitely brought down an otherwise good beer. sunevdj (4148) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
Pours brown with a diminishing head. Strong bourbon smells. Very sweet with lots of bourbon and wood. Also aromas of candi and caramel. Very soft carbonation. Full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. Tanksley (28) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Pours copper with no head. I did not care for the carbonation. Aroma is caramel, bourbon, raisin, plum, vineous and oak. Flavour is caramel, oak, bourbon, alcohol, plum, raisin and dried fruit.