madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
27th March 2015
Swan Song at Bruce’s. Thanks to Paul. Hazy deep amber beer, good pale tan head. Sweet malts and toffee on the nose. Dry palate, good fine carbonation. Bitterish caramel malts. Touch of wood. Spicy warming bourbon dominates. Dry finish. Bitter spicy bourbon linger. The basis of a good beer but it is a bit fierce and still needs more time.
Travlr (19889) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of T0rin0 to GT2 and biggirlpanties,graciously shared at their wedding - thank you all! Rich, velvety, complex barleywine with notes of vanilla, brandy, prunes, maple, toast. Delicious.
Leighton (17460) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Bruce. Pours lightly hazy amber with a foamy tan head. The nose has some butterscotch, toasty bread, grains, brown sugar. Big sweet flavor with tasty ripe fruits, toffee, slight earthy bitterness, caramel, vanilla. Full bodied, lightly chewy with fine carbonation. Warming finish with gooey ripe fruits, more caramel, bread, fruitcake. Excellent.
rlgk (16898) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at An afternoon of Skulls, Scotsman and Speedway 141129. Clear deep amber beer with a nice beige head. Malty caramel aroma, toffee, raisins, figs, banana notes, prunes, wheat notes, raisins, some toffee. Caramel flavor, raisins, banana, figs, prunes, vanilla, some toffee. Sweet and delicious.
Theydon_Bois (15940) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Bruces pad - for the last time, big thanks to Scopester, 27/03/15.
Hazed chestnut brown with a decent beige covering.
Nose is toffee fudge, spice, wooded notes, rich caramel, subtle BA booze notes.
Taste comprises bourbon licks, toffee fudge, light chocolate, spice, caramel, wooded notes, dark fruit rinds.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, warming alcohol in the close.
Solid BA barley wine, bitterness tempers the sweet levels well.
Dedollewaitor (15324) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ The Lost Tasting Of Abbey Beers, Odense 2013. Thanks to Sean 9689. Pours ruby amber with a small creamy head. Sweet malty nose. A bit of dark dried fruit, massive caramel and a bit of wood. Very vague wood, smoke, mild alcohol and some liquorice. Refined and balanced. Smooth and slick. Great stuff.
brokensail (15270) - San Leandro, California, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque mahogany pour with a miniscule white head. Huge bourbon and booze aromas. Nice vanilla, maple syrup, and brown sugar. Some chocolate oxidation notes, oak, caramel, and smoke. The flavor is very sweet and very barrel forward. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Maple syrup, brown sugar, and caramel sweetness. Some chocolate, alcohol, and a smoke flavor that becomes more prevalent as the beer warms up.
Christian (12551) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ The Lost Tasting Of Abbey Beers, Odense 2013. Hazy copper with a small off-white head. Malty aroma of caramel and brown sugar, with vanilla, coconut and bourbon. Very sweet malty flavour with caramel and dried fruit, and lots of hot alcohol
mcberko (12398) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, pours a deep dark amber with a small beige head. Nose brings out light smoke, bourbon barrels, and a touch of maple. Flavour brings out nice smoky notes, with medium bourbon notes, and some alcohol heat, though I bet it’s mellowed out since bottling. Very well-designed - the barrel aging makes this even more complex. Excellent slow sipper.
Scopey (11526) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce. It pours hazy deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is sweet, juicy, big vanilla, bourbon, toffee, maple, dried fruits, candied fruits and toasty brown sugar. The taste is sweet, punchy, bittersweet, earthy, toffee, booze, wood, bourbon, leather, toasty cake and vanilla with a dry, warming finish. Full body and fine carbonation. A bit boozy on the taste. Might need a bit more time to smooth out. Still very nice.