HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A big sweet bourbon -bal barley wine with caramel and some slight cherry cordial character. Not easy to drink a lot of but pretty tasty in spurts.
Hair6a11 (1323) - Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz Bottle: Pour is murky golden brown/amber with a very modest fine bubbled white head into this snifter. Retention is modest , with very light spotting presence. This one is boozy initial, moving to caramel, toffee, and biscuit presence. Earthy oak, brown sugar and vanilla. The flavor profile is burnt sugars, toffee, caramel malt presence, moving to booze and sticky buns. Dark fruits, dark malts, heavy booze, vanilla and earthen oak, with a long deep finish here. Nice
tectactoe (1524) - Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Thanks, Kevin. Deep, dark brown - oily, thick, lazy.. even a straight-down pour produces no head. Aroma is HUGE; a thick, caramel river with more notes of molasses, wood, vanilla, cocoa dust, dates, prunes, buttery toffee, & faint coconut. Lovely barrel integration on the nose, this one should be a doozy... WOW. The first sip knocks me off my socks. Thick caramel, sticky sweet toffee, butterscotch, melted brown sugar, molasses & maple syrup, vanilla, oak, with just the smoothest bourbon inclusion you could imagine... Tastes like a crème brûlée dessert drizzled with a warm, toffee-bourbon infused maple syrup. Thick, huge body, with a mouth coating finish that lingers until the following morning. This truly blew me away, what a phenomenal beer. No doubt, this is the finest barley wine I’ve tasted to date.
umich03jm (1865) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle thanks to Pailhead for sharing. Pours cloudy reddish-brown with a small head that fades to a thin ring. Mouthwatering aroma of sweet caramel, rich vanilla cake, butterscotch, and cookie dough. Taste is almost as good. Sweet syrupy butterscotch, toffee, and vanilla. Oak, brown sugar, and a hint of booze in the finish. This beer is appropriately named. The ratings for this are lower than I expected to see. Everyone was pretty blown away at the sharing.
Lothore (547) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Pours a deep mahogany hue with little to no head.
S- Very sweet, lots of brown sugar, fig, nice bourbon aroma.
T- Extremely sweet all the way through, as in the nose there is a ton of brown sugar, dark fruits, smokiness, that leads to a slight hop bitterness / alcohol bite. The barrel characteristics are fairly subdued but it works out good for this beer.
M- Thick with medium carbonation.
D- This was a decadent desert beer. I split the 12 oz and loved it but dont think I could drink much more than that.
Pailhead (4633) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2014 Courtesy of StephanSD
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, butter toffee, brown sugar, brown sugar, light vanilla, and light bourbon. It pours a transparent brownish-orange with a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin ring. The flavor starts with caramel, toffee, fruit, and brown sugar. The finish has vanilla, coconut, light bourbon, and a touch of oak. Overall, I’m just about ready to call this beer if the year for 2014.
ICEatALAMO (913) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The pour is. Dark amber, my brother in law said it looks like a carmel apple. The aroma is sweet bourbon. The taste is nice, big and boozy. Reminds me a lot if bourbon barrel 4D. Very solid beer.
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jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle, tasted 01/31/2014. Pours dark brown, hazy white head on the surface, very thin ring of lacing. Aroma is rich toffee, soft chocolate cookie dough, mild fruity overtones with expansive vanilla, round caramel, soft bourbon. Taste is caramel toffee, sharp fruity maltiness with booze, bourbon, vanilla, caramel. Medium heavy body, drinks easy despite the booze. Awesome, really tasty.
djd07 (3372) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Chow. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong toffee, candy sugar, and booze. Medium mouthfeel with strong toffee, candy sugar, caramel, light booze with nice sweet finish. Very impressive, really enjoyed this one.
jackl (4379) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ The HUGE Tasting. Acquired by trade. The pour’s deep brown with a small tight tan head. The nose is cocoa, toffee, chocolate. Some accents of hot wood, red berry skin. The taste is hugely sweet. Loads of caramel and taffy. German chocolate cake. Hot finish. Full body, quite oily. Overall, great stuff. It could actually deal with cooling down a bit.
brystmar (1204) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Longtime want, finally landed! 2013.
Aroma is oaky, nutty cheese(?!) in addition to the standard barleywinr flavors. Crider found hints of baked bread too, hmm. Taste layers all of this atop the delicious caramel base. Perfect amount of barrel. Dunno what else to say: this is just well-made with the barrel in check.
Quite good, but I won't be trading for this again.