hackobock (3213) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
August 29, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2012, received in a trade with AtlCarl, thanks!
Light hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet malty, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, figs, some toasted oak with hints of coconut. Taste is sweet malty, light bitter, some light boozy warming notes. Finish is warming bourbon notes, sweet toffee, caramel, figs, some raisins, vanilla, some bitter notes of hops and charred oak. Medium to full bodied with creamy oily texture, soft carbonation.
Very nice malty barley wine with great barrel character.
djd07 (8778) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a cloudy brown with beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is burnt sugar, bourbon, wood. Thick body, chewy, roast, bourbon, vanilla, burnt sugar, really enjoyed this.
blutt59 (6442) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BH7 tasting, 2005 bottle, murky brown, light caramel and bourbon nose, smooth bodied, bourbon notes, no char or wood, caramel, maple syrup, lighter finish than expected.
drsordr (2183) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10 year old bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour copper brown with minimal tan head. Nose caramel, toffee, raisin, sweeter character from Bourbon, minimal oxidation. Taste sweeter malt up front, prune, molasses, then caramel, light cherry /vanilla from the barrel. Minimal oxidation. Drinks pretty nice for 10 year old.
kbudd19 (984) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Vintage 2012 acquired many moons ago, sampled side by side with the rye version. Appearance is dark brown with frothy white head. Aroma is vanilla, brown sugar, and charred oak. Taste is a hint of pine, brown sugar, vanilla and oak. Smooth finish, with no hint of booze. Really nice, lots of barrel character but I still get some nice piney undertones from the base beer.
aleksander9 (1226) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red wine with white head. Complex bourbon, vanilla, herbal and spicy. Sweet, slick and lingering bourbon finish. Overall: the bourbon is incredible well implemented. Cosy-fire-place-deluxe
Hoprider (367) - DENMARK - FEB 7, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of caramel, bread, banana, malts, slight hoppy spicy character but mainly big malts, raisins and barrel. Taste is full with big dark fruits, grains and hints of boozy barrel. Very rounded. Sweet but not too much. A slow sipper. Lovely big barley wine with a full mouthfeel and soft carbonation.
Hopstinopolis (29) - - JAN 24, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolute treat for a barleywine! Aged in bottle for over a year. Pronounced bourbon on the aroma with vanilla and wood dominating. Malty and chewy body with warming alcohol finish. Perfectly balanced in terms of all relevant taste dimensions, sweetness, bitterness, and alcohol heat. Definitely worth getting your hands on this beer.
Bule (1721) - California, USA - JAN 23, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle of 2013 release. Pours a brown color with a bit of head. Bourbon aroma when the cap came off. Rich caramel flavors. The bourbon overpowers a little at first but the. Balances nicely with some time to breathe. Some plum notes.
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
75cl bottle served in a snifter. Pours deep garnet with a very short lived off white film of bubbles. Aroma is pure bourbon with vanilla, coconut, chocolate and any many of sweet delicacies you care to imagine. Taste is upfront vanilla with the thick mouthfeel and complex flavour profile of the standard Old Numbskull but with out the hops and in place a smorgasbord of marron glace, apricots, chocolate, vanilla and a warming alcohol hit but very subdued and not overly hot. Perfectly judged and all flavours complement each other whilst being powerful they are never overpowering. So mellow and smooth but at the same time a real sipper and one to savour (which at this price is a blessing in disguise). Perfect barley wine.