brokensail (12899) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Mikkeller San Francisco. Deep mahogany pour with a thin ring of khaki foam. Smells quite sweet and fruit forward. A ton of caramel, raisin, plum, and figs. Nice caramelized fruit and brown sugar. Plenty of vanilla, brandy, and oak. A Bit of chocolate and red wine/port. The flavor is super fruity and sweet, too. A lot of chocolate sauce and dessert wine. Quite like a port. Some brandy, vanilla, and brown sugar. Tons of rich caramel and buttery toffee. Slight booze as it warms. Really nice, though. Would crush again.
crossovert (9089) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle. This is just firey booze, sweet malt, dry alcohol burn, cognac, this is not the best.
Prufrockstar (1443) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks Matt for buying the bottle over my objections / requests to split it. I owe you. Dark brown clear pour. Beautiful. Cognac, caramelized brown sugar gone so far that itís almost burnt; dark brown sugar, toffee, figs, plum, so much dark caramelized sweet goodness. Like you know what I want and donít give a damn about subtlety. So here we are, in the mikkeller sour room, taking an impromptu tour back to where the kegs and bottles and cold rooms are because beer people are fucking good people (shout out to John, the bartender, and Matt again, the friend/bottle purchaser), and how fucking objective can I even be about a great intense fucking monster of a beer amidst so much a coolness of experience? Some day, I may find myself in possession of a bottle of this (ha) and some day I may put blinders on and try to objectively forget this prior experience, and maybe then id say some bullshit about this being okay and strong and hot and boozy and blah blah blah. But tonight, this is awesome. Fucking awesome. Big and sweet and rich as fuck, but thatís what I expected, thatís what I wanted -- a larger than life beer for just the right night.
MotherBrother (800) - 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 (2676) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, 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 (1519) - Aarhus, 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 (2905) - 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 (1425) - 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 (987) - 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 (1661) - 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.