olsvammel (7220) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2010
Bottle at SBWF 2010. It poured a very dark amber liquid with a msall dirty white head. Intense flavour of dried fruit and wood. Also fairly sweet and complex. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Bottled 04-10. The pour is a mostly clear, deep, dark ruby color and an average, pillowy, tan head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is very pleasant with dark chocolate and complementary vanilla, toffee and almonds, dried apricots, some charred bourbon oak, and some spicy/earthy hops. The flavor is similar with more charred oak and vanilla, more earthy hops, some leafy hops emerging, dried apricots still, and fading notes of dark chocolate and toffee. The palate is lively, full, velvety, warm, and coating. The finish is long and warm with earthy/leafy hops, dried apricot, and charred oak notes. A nice version of the style with lots of malt complexity, some balancing hops, and complementary bourbon. A bit similar to Old Blarney from Moylan’s with the leafy hop notes, and malt prominence but balancing bitter notes, but not as well put together. Nice enough to try but not worth paying the price of an exclusive beer. jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear reddish amber. Nose and taste of brown sugar, molasses, oak, raisin and plum. Light warming alcohol in finish is very pleasant. southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Vanilla, bourbon and oak dominate. Lovely sweetness that keeps this from being a sipper. Very drinkable and warming. Think I’ll keep a supply of these. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
(22oz bottle, labeled “Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine, 2008 vintage, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a clear mahogany body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, coconut, bread, and chocolate. Flavor of caramel, bourbon, bread, roasted malt, and raisins.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2010
Deep copper with a small but lasting light tan head. Sticky lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit. Flavor is quite nice, not overly boozy, sweet, or bitter, instead it takes all 3 components and doses them out in just the right amount. Full mouth feel, though not sticky. Finishes with almost dry and oaky like a wine. A mighty fine brew. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2010
750 ml bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, dark esters, light vanilla, and oak. Flavor is much of the same. Very nice. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Medium body. A very nice beer. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Rusty penny pour with an eggshell head that left a nice webbing inside the glass. Brown sugar, dark fruit, raisins, oak, vanila, and bourbon are evident in both the flavor and nose. Really pretty tasty...impressed by it. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Bottle: Pours a transparent deep copper amber with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet toasty caramel and fresh woody oak nose with some vanilla butterscotch complexity. Starts with good fullness and rich caramel malty sweetness with some light fruity notes and oak flavor along with some resiny piny hops before a warming woody finish. An interesting and complex brew that reminds me a lot of Hair of the Dog Fred from the Wood, although it could hide the alcohol a tad better. rollingwood (91) - Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Pours a dark brown but clear liquor. The bouquet is malty, sweet and yeasty. Full-bodied attack is sweet with woody notes and hints of vanilla and toffee following. Caramel/toffee and chocolate are clearly discernable with a long finish that adds a welcome touch of bitterness to balance the sweetness of the attack. Lovely brew.