koleminer20 (345) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle. 2012 vintage. Part of a tasting 11/24/2013 at Fraser’s Pub in Ann Arbor. The pour is a little more of a reddish brown than I’d expected, but very incredible. There is minimal head, and no lace. The aroma is booing with the bourbon notes. There are strong signs of vanilla, but there isn’t much left to think about what this baby is. The taste is also quite heavy on the bourbon and vanilla, with the great complexity that you’d expect in a good barleywine. There is some caramel, and some fruity tones. I love the mouth feel. There is a great thickness and the finish is a little dry, but just enough to let you know that the booziness is there to back in the 12% punch. Great beer.
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This corked and caged bottle was shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Mine started out at 60 degrees. His was much colder. It poured a cola color with a nice beige head and almost no lacing. This was bottle 705 or 3240. of 2012. The nose started out a pure oak aged whiskey and alcohol. But as it warmed the aromas and flavors emerged. The nose stared to show caramel malts, some apple and pear, citrus like orange, some tangerine, vanilla and oak along with the ever present whisky/. Medium body, Alcoholic mouth feel. Flavor is like the aroma except you get some cloves and floral hops. Best at about 67 degrees. This is good, but there is too much whiskey and alcohol to be really really good.
Strykzone (4386) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked and caged 750 from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. Mine was bottle #710. Darker brown and opaque with a big beige head. Lots of whiskey in the nose with some chocolate. That is tasted, too. And alcohol. The whiskey is over powering. Hopefully the beer will warm and more flavors will emerge. I managed to wait long enough to get some raisins and spices. Not a lot, though. Some more complex fruit but mostly alcohol. I really think that if I could have allowed this to warm enough there would have been more flavors that emerged.
superspak (2121) - Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, 2012 vintage bottle 2843/3240. Pours moderately hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, tangerine, orange zest, floral, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, light clove, brown sugar, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt and barrel notes with a fair amount of hop presence; and good strength. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, tangerine, orange zest, floral, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, clove, light pine, brown sugar, and toasted earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, pear, apple, orange zest, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, clove, brown sugar, and light pine on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and barrel flavors with a moderate amount of hops; with a great malt/hop/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barleywine style. All around great balance and complexity of malt, barrel, and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Crispy34 (317) - Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle 2011. Aroma is barley wine with bourbon. Appearance is a murky brown with a tan head. Tons of carbonation. Taste the bourbon is present first and through out. After the bourbon, comes some barely wine flavor that finishes with a strong mix of the flavors. Palate is pretty dry. Overall, a very complex beer. Would buy another.
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BlowOffTube (337) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with a huge khaki head. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel, oak. Taste is mostly caramel and roasty brown sugar with a little barrel in the end. Very carbonated which hurt the mouth feel and the beer. Decent.
Beerandhockey8 (185) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 22oz bottle to snifter. Pour is an intense copper, thin white champagne like head. Nose is roasted malt, caramel, toffee, alcohol. Taste is sour, medium bodied. Interesting beer, still learning about this style.
1FastSTi (3271) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 vintage. 12% abv. Pours to a glowing dark amber body with a frothy tan head. Aroma is very much a barley wine. Similar to a jw lees with the caramel and English malts. Some noble hops and vanilla. Flavor has that sherry quality. Medii, bodied and clean. No hint of 12%.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
6/29/13. 750mL bottle shared by cheesemoose at the epic BA barleywine tasting. Amber pour with a huge, fizzy khaki head that goes away fast... overcarbed. Light barrel, if any, without much to back it up in the first place. The flavor is plain, not complex, not much barrel, just touches of caramel and fruitiness. Superbly overcarbed... either overdone or infected. Not good either way.
ICEatALAMO (849) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The pour is a dark hazy orange. The aroma is a little fruity. The taste is a little over carbonated. A little toffee heavy but not bad.
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