HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Poured from the bottle a murky mahogany with tan head. Aroma of dried fruits, caramel and earthy hops. Flavor was loaded with earthy and pine hops, raisins, vanilla, and some caramel. The hops were masking the malts quite a bit, and with some aging this could really have potential. Overall a good barleywine that can sit and develop into an even better brew. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a finger or so worth of off-white head.
S: This one is quite oxidized. A moderate amount of cardboard and some stale brown sugar. There are some notes of citrus from the hops as well as a hint of oak.
T: The flavor is very similar to the aroma. Lots of oxidation, but not the good, chocolate kind. Cardboard, stale, hardened sugar, and some warm bourbon and alcohol flavors.
M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation for a beer such as this one.
D: Actually the biggest let down of the Utah brewed beers I’ve come across. Just too much oxidation to overcome. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
My Bottom Line :tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Resinous hops and their bitterness tend to overcome this Barrel-Aged Barley Wine’s fruity caramel malts, pointing to a leaner-than-usual body for the style.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam floats atop the cherry red.
-The bourbon barrel character was surprisingly polite.
-The slender nature of this Barley Wine will probably make it more approachable to neophytes.
-The fruit character is akin to dried cherries at times.
bottle. Pours a very deep shade of brownish red, with soft, pillowy layer of froth, colored tan / beige / creme. Alot going on in the aroma, some fruity notes - plum, black cherry, fig, with a modest hop profile, which although mostly overshadowed by malts still leaves an impression, floral and resiny. Then there are the bourbon barrell aspects, chocolate, wood, bourbon, molasses. Flavor is dark, chewy, fruity bourbon tones while the hops inititate a lengthy finish which begins as a dry, palate cleansing wood hop flavor and develops into a lasting bitterness. Full bodied, thick, syrupy, but ABV masked, and smooth for the flavors / gravity of this beer. Definitely some bourbon all over the overall feel and flavor but it is not dominating, with some chocolate flavors becoming more apparent as the beer warms, and less fruit. Vanilla is detectable but only slightly, it does not play as large a role in this beer as I thought it would. This is a great, very enjoyable barley wine. I have been happy with Uinta so far but this exceeds expectations, just great. 50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Bottled courtesy of Hopscotch. Funky nose with bourbon and dog turd aromas. The flavor was big oak with vanilla and caramel notes..
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Draft at Marias. Pours murky red brown with ecru head. Nose is floral and caramel. Toffee and hops with coconut and vanilla. Taste is a bit astringent with some soft vanilla and bitter hops. Full body and dry finish. Super interesting. phaleslu (10267) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Sample at FOBAB 2010. Pours a mostly clear deep reddish-brown color with a small head. My notes on this are pretty sloppy, so I’m glad I wrote numerical ratings for each. Notes of bourbon, sweet bready and chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, and fruits. Light-medium bodied, lighter than I’d liked, with low carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. Senses may have been dulled, but I agree with lushawn that the hops weren’t showing up strong here. hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Bottle… Mostly clear, deep crimson ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The bouquet is a luxuriant wave of caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla and coconut. Full-bodied with modest carbonation. Good balance - rich, sweet caramel and toffee malts are calmed by adequate hop bitterness and alcohol warmth. Finishes bittersweet and raspy, but malty overall. Kudos to cbkschubert for shipping this bottle my way! HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Deep reddish brown pour with big off white head. Aroma of citrus, butterscotch,vanilla, caramel. Not much detectable bourbon. Flavor is a little better. Mostly citrus and caramel with only a bit of bourbon/boozy notes. Dried fruits, pine, port wine notes. Some doughy malts. FInishes pretty bitter and boozy. I mean, it’s hot, kinda green and messy. This beer reminds me of new building that purports to be historical. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 12, 2010
sweet doughy, boozey, bourbon. fruity, chocolately, thin bodied, bourbon beer. didn’t really do it for me. a bit too sweet, without the body to back it up. doughyness and bourbon not good compliments. muddled. didn’t got the hop onslaught that others talk about in the reviews. last beer tried at FOBAB, so who knows.