BoBoChamp (5541) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl, Vintage 2013, new exclusive American brew, thx to John for bringing this over!, very complex brew, alcoholic/sweet and slightly fruity/spicy/woody, yet not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle pours with a murky amber body that supports a nice tan head. The aroma is a yummy mix of vanilla, dates and pine hops that are muted by aged sticky malts. Behind those notes I get smooth candy like whiskey. Yes! Smells wonderful. The taste starts with sweet dates, malts and vanilla to about midway. Then it hits with some caramel and smooth sugary whiskey goodness. Thatís far too smooth whiskey to really be just whiskey. I love how this beer is accentuated by the barrel and maintains its smooth richness. This is a lovely sipper.
arkurzynski (1540) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy burnt orange-brown pour with off-white/khaki head. Nose is smooth whiskey, caramel-drenched citrus and dark fruit with sweet toffee and oaky vanilla. Tinge of booze. Flavor is caramelized dark fruit, whiskey, toffee bar, and vanilla with a lightly dry oaky finish. Like the base, a lighter palate than most American barley wines. Lingering sweet whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Nice, but could use a bit more palate presence.
zathrus13 (1719) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Alex! Pours copper/brown, with a tan head. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, caramel, malt, and fruit. Flavor is bourbon, vanilla, caramel, malt, fruit, and alcohol. Medium to heavy body, long finish. Somewhat sweet, with a slightly astringent finish. A really nice one here.
dwm1034 (650) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber shared with SHERM1016....thanks! Pours a dark reddish brown with thin head. Nose is a sweetish / whiskey sweetness; initial taste is boozy / whiskey / red wine .... definitely an excellent sipper.
sherm1016 (1158) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle from Downer Wine and Spirits, split with dwm1034. Pours a hazy, cola brown color with a thin tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is boozy, whiskey, toffee. Medium to heavy on the palate with soft, smooth carbonation. Flavor is sweet, boozy, whiskey, malty, nutty, caramel, dark fruit, raisin, oak, vanilla, with a sweet, boozy finish. Very tasty.
bytemesis (3308) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with friends. Pours cloudy chestnut, small tan head, good lacing. Aroma is dark sugars, rye. Flavor is the same, medium sweet, rye bite, some wood, light bitter. Full body, creamy. Lacks some complexity. Well masked ABV.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2014 Bottle shared @ Dakís Black Friday tasting. Again, think this was brought by JBoan but correct me if Iím wrong. Dark chestnut pour with scarlet and garnet making a statement as well. Moderate cashew colored cap. Caramel, vanilla, raw wood, toasted oak, black pepper, rye, cocoa, and brown sugar. Thick, creamy, sweet but not cloying. Another incredible BA masterpiece from these guys.
daknole (9224) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Toffee colored pour, yellowish tan head. Flavors of raisins, rye whiskey, caramel, toffee, toasted oak, vanilla, brown sugar, honey, fruitcake. YUM.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, courtesy of my buddy Tim. thanks! pours a hazy, russet color capped by a creamy, beige head that leaves thick sheets of lace. aroma is wonderful with heavy notes of caramel, toffee, candied pineapple, raisins, and figs back by toasted coconut, charred oak, and subtle hints of rye whisky. flavor is simply outstanding with sweet toffee, yellow cake batter, coconut cookies, and vanilla up front with dark fruits, hints of chocolate covered orange, oak, and dry, spicy rye whisky bringing up the back end. palate is full bodied and dangerously drinkable by moderate carbonation and a great balance of the spicy, woody barrel notes and the sweet barleywine notes. overall, another world class barrel aged beer from Alesmith.