MotherBrother (775) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour murky dark mahogany, with a small tan head.
Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, slight marzipan, barrel, wet wood, slight booze, plenty of barrel. A little heat, but nothing like 17% abv.
The taste is super sweet, with some roast notes to it.
oily ní thick body, with a semi flat carbonation. orkí satme!!
Bulk_Carrier (2352) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - NOV 29, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yes, I know this has a release date of December 2014, and I am having it in November, pays to live in Alaska.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was dark brown color with a slim one finger white to slight off white somewhat foamy head that dissipated within a light lacing.
The smell was full of sweet darkened caramel boozy malt.
The taste had a full boozy sweet caramel malty flavor. There is a slight boozy sweet caramel aftertaste that lead to sweet yet dry finish.
On the palate, this sat about a medium to heavy on the body. I donít mind the thickness on this beer - itís a barleywine, itís supposed to be this way. Boy, does this super smooth over my tongue.
Overall, well, Gabe Fletcher, yeah dude, you knocked this one outa the park. Lives up to its hype. Donít pass up if you see it.
RasmusOtt (1319) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with almost no head. Aroma of sweet cognac, big syrupy notes, dark sweet ripe fruits, vanilla, sweets and a little bit of wood. Just big and sweet monster barley wine aroma. Taste of syrup, sweet ripe fruits, some dates, vanilla, molasses, sweet cognac and some "kongen af Danmark" sweets. Really big and slick Barley wine. This is good!
chinchill (2447) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large shared bottle.
Spicy and dark fruit notes in the nose. Hints of brandy.
Body seems a bit light but is fairly smooth for ABV.
A bit boozy in the finish.
gEUS (1302) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2014 Bottle shared by Mike Morse at BBFí14 - thank you man for this real treat. My second aha-erlebnis when it comes to American barleywines; the first one was with the Midnight Sunís M. This is one of the most balanced barley wines and barrel aged beers from the U.S.: an agreeable nose, full of raisins and sweet wine alike notes such as stewed peach and almond, besides a ton load of peach. Body is creamy and the alcohol is very well hidden behind the sweet sticky rich flavours of raisins and caramel and malt.
rouhlas (479) - GREECE - OCT 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013 (ok I m rating it only one festival later :p ). Amber-brown color with small off-white head. Aroma was malty caramel, dried fruits, vanilla?, wood and light alcohol (cognac?). Taste was sweet and light bitter, caramel, fruity wood and light alcoholic. Medium body, oily, soft carbonation. Impressive how well the alcohol was hidden. Great!
GothGargoyle (1511) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share @ Borefts. Light brown with virtually no head. Aroma is raisins, dates, honey, fig, brown sugar. Full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a long dried fruit finish. Taste is raisins, caramel, honey, dates.
Travlr (14159) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Churchkey. Nice soft vanilla aroma, flavors of chocolate covered caramel and light brandy. Very tasty and rich.
drfabulous (4337) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce pour at the Beer Trappe. Big sticky caramel toffee brown sugar barley wine that is pretty awesome at such a high abv.
AdamJackson (3051) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Mikkeller Bar in SF. Didnít find this one on shelve anywhere so Iím glad to have found it for on-site consumption. 17.3% alcohol so had to split it with some of the team at the bar.
A - Dark raisin juice brown. Super murky so dark. The one finger head faded very fast. The cork popped but only slightly, and not too surprising honestly. Obviously, alcohol legs coat the glass.
S - Smells incredible. Sweet liquor with bakers chocolate and prune and fig with bakers chocolate and fresh toffee.
T - Taste is incredibly unique. Itís carbonated but only lightly. It drinks like a liquor, a thick sweet wine and a bit of particles in it. Thick almost like a soup maybe less so. Very sweet, the amount of dark fruits and white zin grape presence is huge. So prune and raisin heavy. Boozy only in the finish.
M - Thick, viscous, vinous, sweet and super huge unlike any beer ever.
O - Nowhere near drinking like 17% ABV except in mouthfeel. This will age beautifully.