corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black and opaque with faint mahogany edges and a one finger dark beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Pretty good retention for style and ABV with large streaks of chunks of soapy lacing left behind.
Intense complex and inviting aroma with a really powerful barrel character that somehow doesn’t obliterate the other notes. Sweet and spicy spirit with excellent bourbon character, vanilla bean, slightly charred oak and prominent toasted cocont. Underneath, there is a really nice balance of sweet, roast and leathery malt notes. Slightly vinous with dark fruit, raisin and licorice. There’s also a leathery tobacco character with subtle roast. Hints of coffee bean, oatmeal, toast and dark chocolate countered by decadent and silky dessert-like chocolate sweetness. Like a bourbon soaked chocolate coconut cake. Smells incredible.
Fuller end of medium body with a prominent barrel presence that initially overpowers the other flavors with sweet, spicy bourbon and subtle lingering heat. Strong charred oak character but it’s complimented by booze/spirit, leathery malt and roast. Never becomes harsh or too toothy. Bourbon is prominent and actually tastes like pappy which is pretty rare. The toasted coconut flavor from the barrel is really nice and is nicely complimented by subtle silky vanilla bean sweetness. Under the barrel, there’s a decent amount of roast which is stronger than in the nose. Slightly burnt malt wih toast, ash, deeply roasted coffee bean and bittersweet dark chocolate. Subtle leathery malt flavor that opens as it warms with some tobacco and vinous fruit. Port like with raisin, fig plum and licorice. Sweet malts counter things a bit and blend well with the vinous fruit notes but they aren’t as luscious as in the nose. Some bakers chocolate, caramel and tofee but this beer is all about the strong barrel flavors, roasted malts and vinous sweetness. Barrel flavors are a touch too aggressive and the malt bill could use more sweetness, but for a BW/wee heavy hybrid this beer has really complex flavor.
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
tepid hazy chestnut, no head. Heavy bourbon, raisin nose, tons of sugar. Nose is bourbon and unfermented early. Jesus. Light raisin and oak mid, light vanilla sweetness but boozy as fuck across mid, burning through lightly papery finish. Standard barleywine, JW lees with way more booze, way less integration, and no grain.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Barrel House for beer week. Aroma is caramel, tootsie roll, pecan pie filling, and bourbon. Pours hazing dirty brown with no head. Taste is sugar malt bomb bourbon. Notes of toffee, butterscotch, milk chocolate, bourbon and a hint of sour oak. Reminds me of the Bruery anniversary ale. Lots of sweet with something mildly tart in the way. Glad I got to try it.
charule (2215) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Voodoo barrelroom release. Poured deep dark brown with light white head. Aromas of sweet bourbon and bourbon. Slight dry but awesome bourbon taste.
Art (3205) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2013 On tap at the brewery. Huge aroma of bourbon. Taste is sweet with some heat. Great bourbon sweet taste. Just simply amaze balls. Wonderfully well crafted blend.
Beerman6686 (6570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a medium to darker brown with a tan head. Aroma was lots of barrel, light alcohol, chocolate fudge, roasted malt, and some brown/caramel malt too. Flavor was dark fruits, bourbon, chocolate and roast. Nice blend of barleywine and stout.