brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best Avery has come out with. Yes, Adam, I too enjoy the hops. But this is a wonderful caramelly aromatic brew with light carbonation. The solid mouthfeel laces the tongue with the malt flavors and hints at a developing light sherry note. As it warms in the glass, the vanilla from the oak begins to flower forth. A strong warmth of the alcohol brings beads of sweat on the brow. Are you sure itís only 14.5% ABV. Man, I canít wait to celebrate a good snowfall! Here in Atlanta? Sorry, not waiting. Now where did I put that bottle opener?
Stew41 (1885) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAR 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 Vintage: very high powered and very sweet but I guess par for the course at these alcohol levels. Has a leaness mid-palate that is a bit unusual for BW but regardless a meal of a wine and wonít leave you wondering.
maekchu (3202) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle dated 4/2102, Batch #8. Boozy nose, caramel, deep dark fruit. Gold/copper color. Super sweet initial, caramel, tart dark fruit, seriously irritating alcohol, and a light stinging finish. Heavy and hot. Nice, I suppose, but so sweet and boozy. Hard to hold all the elements together.
KyotoLefty (8746) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Oxidized nose of caramel, raisins, booze, vanilla. Flavor is treacly caramel, booze, vanilla, bourbon, raisins. Bitter finish. Rather English in character. Good but a bit syrupy.
wrlangin (96) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was one of the best oak aged else that I've had. The underlining barley wine was excellent and the aging was on the spot. Very enjoyable. Very balanced.
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njnut (402) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into snifter a bottle brown with light brown head and lace. Aroma was pure malt, caramel and sweet on the nose. Taste was Carmel malts with slight hint of wood, alcohol hides fairly well for a 14%er. Unbelievably good and amazingly an easy drinker.
Lacho (44) - USA - DEC 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful pour, very little head but huge aromas. Tastes very sweet, alcohol is very upfront, sweet caramel, burnt sugar, restrained alcohol. Amazing beer.
AWISLguy (2207) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
March í14 bottle date, from Steveís in Fitchburg, served at cellar temp. Gorgeous reddish/pink/orange pour with almost no head. Aroma has dark stone fruits, oak and sweet malts. Taste is dark sweet fruits, strawberry, stone fruits, toffee and heavy oak. Quite sweet and quite strong. Medium to full bodied with alcohol. Finishes sweetly fruity and oaky. Not cloying but pushing that at times. Unique. 13.5
iceman23 (3) - SINGAPORE - NOV 25, 2015 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
April 2012 bottle, batch 8 @ 15.47%. Lots of floating sediment on the bottom was a bit off-putting, but with a nice slow pour and swirling that remaining produced a nice hazy orange pour with nice head that came alive with the sediment added. Aroma of sweet caramel, raisin, malt. Taste of same with a slight alcohol tinge at the end but leaves a sweet vanilla-like taste on the palate, desiring more. The burn is gone from when this was fresh. Fantastic and worth a share.
tysongillmore (361) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
May have gotten to that overly sweet area. Very mellow, this one was seven years old. Strong but not at all harsh.
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Cybercat (4636) - Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy, barely translucent chocolate brown. Didnít get much head. Aroma fills the nostrils with caramel, woody, earthy and toasted malt notes. Sweet flavor features caramel, woody, oaken and earthy notes - this one could sneak up on you! Body is quite viscous, if fizz is none too strong. Dance with Death.