Dark brown-purplish color with thin white head. Aroma of chocolate malt, biscuits, maple syrup and bourbon. Taste is…hello flavor country, we’ve got a whole lot of complexity going on here: Vanilla, raisins, toasted malt, molasses, bourbon. The finish has another layer of oakiness followed by a tart sweetness. Surprisingly light body for a barleywine. More please.
4.7 out of 5
Cloudy light brown color with thin white head. Musty oaky aroma with a hint of whisky. Sour tart palate with subtle fruit flavor. Hard to tell its cherry with any certainty. Initial taste reminds me of a Belgian lambic. Finish has mellow bourbon flavor with notes of vanilla. To find an American sour is rare and bourbon barrel aging, though rising in popularity, is still relatively rare. To find a barrel aged sour (two of my favorites) is a beer lovers holy grail.
FINAL SCORE 4.6/5
Burnt caramel and maple aroma. Dark Auburn color with white head. Sweet malty and creamy caramel flavor with some hazelnut. A great example of Doublebock. Gives Paulaner Salvator a run for its money.
4.4 out of 5