2011 bottle that my cousin keeps nagging me to drink. Drank at cellar temperature. So here goes.
Pours clear but dark with an inch of off-white, almost tan foam. Retention is average at best.
Aroma is big on barley/malt. Caramel and toffee seem to stand out but not too sweet. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla are all there in the back as are touches of dark fruits. Great smelling.
Taste is sweet: caramel, toffee, and even molasses. Dark fruits come through stronger here as dose a strong sense of booze that warms all the way down into the stomach. Oak, bourbon, and vanilla once again play a fine melody on the taste buds.
Big body without over doing it with medium or better carbonation. Slightly dry in the mouth.
This is an awesome beer, hands down. The aroma and taste have everything you would want in a barley wine plus the complexity that barrel aging adds. I guess I am the lucky one to have this bomber by myself. Enjoy!
Big boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combined with soft chocolate malty undertones. Complex malt flavors framed in oak, with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, coconut and just a touch of dark cherry.