thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler from Barleys Smokehouse. I’ve had many brews from here, but this one is by far their best. The pour is black with a nice frothy tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is of roasted malt, and cofee with a slight hint of bitter chocolate. Taste is great--lots of roasted malt and that bitter chocolate as well. I love how smooth and rich this beer is. Perfect mouthfeel. I had no idea this was 12% as I was drinking it--would have guessed it at about 7 or 8. One of the best stouts I’ve had to date.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz hand bottled from moejuck, YOU RULE! Nose was vanilla, then wood, the a trace of alcohol. Small tan head did not last long, but the black body was so inviting. Trace of chocolate as well.
The taste was very thick and creamy. Vanilla and bitter chocolate, followed with some wood aspects, and caramel and bourbon. Very smooth, there was some alcohol warming in my throat and belly, but very little in the taste. The carbination was on the low side, but this was a great brew. They are doing grewat things there! Excellent brew.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the cask at Alehouse #2 - Pours black with a short tan head that faded pretty quick to a film but laced the sides of the glass on the way down. Great aroma of bourbon, chocolate, some oak, and vanilla. Flavor is quite similar. Finish is quite sweet like bakers chocolate. Bourbon plays an important part in the flavor of this beer but certainly doesn’t overwhelm. Palate is thick rich and mouthcoating. Perfect for an impy stout. This is Barley’s best brew yet and definitely up there in the impy stout category.. Very well crafted.. Fantastic!
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 From a growler thanks to Nolankowal: Black with an off white head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, coffee and some vanilla. Flavor, chocolate, roasted malt, some oak and vanilla. Medium to full bodied. Pretty solid stuff.
Had a fresh glass from the smokehouse. Even better than before.
Evolutionary (271) - Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at barleys. Wow. Dark black pour with little brown head. Thick as oil and good hearty nose. Smooth and hides the alcohol. Very balanced and only thing I'd change is make it a bit more sweet. Great imperial stout overall.
---Rated via my mouth
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 Cask from Mini Real Ale Fest. Big soapy bubbles form the head over dark brown liquid...almost opaque except for some translucent burgundy edges. The aroma of vanilla and oak came through as well as dark fuit and dark chocolate. The flavor had a lot of bourbon in it as well as dark chocolate with some suttle smoke and coffee in the finish. Rich and sweet over the tounge...almost juicy at times about the body you’d expect for a BA impy stout. I only wish they’d serve this one up more often.
Non-BA version, Growler.
Well, the pour is certainly thicker...the head more substanial. The aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt fill the nose. Coffee, chocolate and some vanilla make up the flavor. The body is bigger, thicker and less juicy...but more roasty. Really the best beer I’ve had from Barleys.
Dogbrick (7667) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 11/13/05 - Tower version: This beer is just as good as it was from the firkin. Served in a snifter. Pure black with a thin and lasting brown head. Big malt and bourbon aroma. Velvety smooth and rich body with a nice concoction of chocolate, malt and bourbon flavor. The alcohol is not dominant but you know it’s there. The finish is somewhat bitter coffee and hops. I score this the same as before, this will be a staple beer for me as long as they have it.
10/8/05 - Firkin "preview": If this beer is an indicator of what the tower version will be, then Barley’s has finally entered the Imperial Stout arena with a true contender. Pitch black color with only a thin film atop, nil lacing as well. Loads of malt and bourbon in the nose. Super thick body but very smooth. Sweet malt and caramel dominate at first, with warming alcohol and bitter dark chocolate asserting themselves quickly. The finish is chewy and sweet with a bit of coffee and hops in the background. Looking forward to trying the regular version, considering how good this was.
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black with a small tan head. Chocolate malt aroma. Flavor of dark chocolate malt and some coffee, with some sharpness from the bourbon in the finish. Really thick bodied. Doesn’t have the overpowering bourbon flavor that most barrel aged beers have.
BeerandBlues2 (9461) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12-oz. bottle hand-bottled by moejuck, thanks Joe. Pours opaque with almost no head, some edgy off-white head. Aroma is leathery yeast, lactose, chocolate and caramel nutty malt (cookie) with a vanilla nose. Medium sweetness, caramel and chocolate malt, vanilla, medium acidity and bitterness, milky chocolate malt and leathery yeast flavor. Full bodied and velvety, smooth palate.
hopscotch (8902) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottled from a growler... TITW Part Deux... This beer rocks!... Black ale (mahogany when held up to bright light) with a small, creamy, beige head. Chocolate liqueur and butterscotch nose (the light diacetyl really works with this one). Chocolaty flavor. Medium sweet with lots of charred, mildly bitter notes. Hints of vanilla and booze. Full-bodied and oily with modest carbonation. Finishes bittersweet. World class! Thanks to Moejuck for the sample!