BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2005
Hazy brown with a thin tan lacing head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, some alcohol, sweet caramel malts, banana and brown sugar. Starts rich and malty, with oak and vanilla but becomes somewhat alcoholic with mild hops. Tastu and smooth, a nice barley wine. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Just a touch of hazy is found in a deep honey mahogany body capped by a medium tan head that doesn’t stay around long. The bourbon taste of this brew really sweetens things up, bringing hints of butterscotch, vanilla, caramel apple, and toffee out. Hints of alcohol are found throughout, but never overpowers or really shocks the palate. Smooth and long lasting taste. This was a great barleywine, very complex, but had a bit of alcohol showing here and there. jimhilt (2610) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Pours with a two-finger light tan head, fades quickly and leaves traces of lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is woody spices. Starts with a sweet flavor but the alcohol is there, still a good balance of malts and hops. $8.25 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Bottle from Eyedrinkale. Reddish amber colored. Nice white head with good lacing. Aroma to me strikes me as bland and muted. Slight oak perhaps in the nose. A touch acidic. Fairly well balanced with malt and hop. Decent lingering hop in the finish. Bourbon flavors didn’t impart much for me on this one. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2005
22 oz bomber: Lighly hazy deep amber w/a lasting, but thin cream of wheat off white colored head. Aroma seems mostly all about the alcohol. Some oak & bourbon notes come through as it warms. More alcohol! Some nutty and toasty malts. More alcohol! Some caramel and green apple notes. More Alcohol! Flavor is well balanced, but alcoholic. Some sherry notes with caramel and toasted malt. The finish is on the dry side w/ a resiny hop flavor in the aftertaste. Some light bourbon flavors & a woody taste between start to finish. Very hot mouthfeel. Not quite like drinking straight bourbon, but beyond warming! Dry, borderline astringent m/f, full body! Wow, I definitely think the alcohol gets in the way on this one! It might age well to help blend what complexities might develop, but it’s too hot for the now!
TChrome (1470) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Nice looking beer going into the glass being orange in color with a very well retained beige colored head. Aroma is also distinguished with sweet malt, light bourbon, oak. Flavor is awesome!!! This is what the whole barrel aged thing should be all about. Tons of flavors including caramel, hops, alcohol, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, oak. Very interesting how the barrel aging has imparted some impy stout qualities to the barley wine. This is really wonderl, magical stuff. Mega thanks to DocLock for this one!!!! Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Awesome BA’d Barley Wine...I’m surprised at how much BW change when under the influence of a little bourbon aging. They seem to turn into straight vanilla flavors. Good by all means but so much vanilla. Very tasty, but I will wait another 6 mo. or so to give it my acutal rating to see what some time will do to it. Cobra (1100) - - FEB 25, 2005
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Poured out a hazy, orangish caramel color, with a thin, loose, tan colored head. Soapy texture to the head. Aromas are of overpowering bourbon, vanilla beans, oak firewood, alcohols, & musty basements. No hop flavors or aromas whatsoever. Most of the bitterness comes from the tannins from the oak barrel, and the biting qualities from the alcohol. None of the redeeming qualities from the Blithering Idiot from whence it came. Slight sour plum in the flavors. Alcohol is harsh, and very hot. They should have aged this at least 2 years before releasing it. It is simply not ready to drink. What were they thinking? Did you guys get a cheap deal on used bourbon barrels or what? MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2005
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, StockholmPailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2005
(sip)Intense oak aroma (to me: Spanish brandy). Slightly plastic taste och brownies. Dry alcoholic aftertaste
Bottle: Tons of wood in the aroma that dominates a light sweetness that barely peaks thru. Pours a dark transparent amber with an off-white head. Lots of sediment. Just like the aroma, tons of wood in the flavor and some Bourbon. Light vanilla and a little sourness in the finish. Another from Eyedrinkale.