drowland (5980) - 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 (908) - 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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M82 (260) - Kansas, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014
2012 vintage, bottle 933 of 3,240
checking back on this one, booziness has definitely subsided, harmony rules at this age with obvious pecan and cherry pie notes, beautiful bourbon barrel, rich caramel, the complexities go on covering all the notes and layers mentioned in the previous review, maybe I missed s’mores? exceptionally tall and durable head from the style and age, really nice at room temp, preferred this in an Orrefors Differnce porter snifter this time around (didn’t quite gush this time, but did refill the first 8oz pour and cork with froth)
This 2012 vintage is bringing some heat along with a cascade of aromatics and flavor components, I’m drooling thinking about this in 2-4 years
Olde Bluehair is a gusher? Wow, never had a barrel aged barley wine do that, a delayed lazy gushing head follows the cork pop, continuing to slowly build a huge foamy structure in the bottle which sent my stopper arcing across the table after a couple minutes, and it’s still not done, foam repeatedly recreates the cork which once contained it’s surprising charisma
She pours up a clear, vibrant copper with amber highlights and low lights of baked cinnamon supporting a 3’’ bone white, tightly structured head and frothy cap which fizzles away to a thick ring and wispy thin remnants, erratic lacing transitions between large polka dots and dense criss-crossed peninsulas as each serving is consumed
Aromas and flavors of raw honey, flowers, white raisins and figs building into root beer float backed by pancakes and syrup, tobacco, and pie crust with nuances of milk chocolate, latte, and cherry, all expressed over a silky soft med-heavy body with restrained pointed carbonation, sizable residuals of vanilla embossed bourbon with a creamy layer of caramel banana split, warmth building to light spirit heat on an oily, fully coated palette with a medium creamy tack followed by oaky spirit dryness
750ml (25.3oz) cork & cage bottle 929 of 3,240 at 60º into TeKu
JStax (2772) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 750 ml bottle. Copper pour, thin white head, lots of little floaties. Aroma has burnt caramel and figs, no real sign of bourbon. Fairly sweet and earthy. Big beer. Slight burn.
TheHOFF43 (1706) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours brown with white head. Really foamy. Aroma is excellentbourbon with caramel and dark fruits. flavor is all.barrel. oak. and bourbon dominate the flavor, but the actual beer comes through late. warm, boozy, very good.
fattybladdy (497) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft, pours a murky amber. Sweet malts and wood in the aroma. Taste is fruit, caramel malt, wood and booze. Pretty massive beer.
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, 2011 vintage, #1028/3000. 10% abv. Heavy and complex aroma, with notes of dark caramel malt, toffee, vanilla, cherry, candied dates, coffee cake, faint bourbon and oak, with some mildly earthy hop, sherry, and medicinal alcohol in the background. Deep, dark red-amber in color, the initial pour quite clear, with a lasting, foamy, uneven light tan head. Flavor profile is richly sweet, moderately bitter, lightly woody and full of dried fruit character throughout, with suggestions of raisin, toffee, bourbon, old wood, earthiness, and muted hop spice, even some faint coffee appearing late. Warming, full, moderately effervescent and lightly tannic mouthfeel, body is appropriately massive for such a creation. Very enjoyable rendition.
RobertDale (3288) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Comes a clear dark amber with a nice biege head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, bourbon, malt, and wood. Very good.
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glad I bought a second to cellar. Pours copper. Smells like sweet caramel. Taste is mostly sugar and alcohol with little hops. Watery mouthfeel. Will see how it tastes in a couple years.
Blairgus (2540) - California, USA - MAY 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
31 may 2013, bottle. Amber, clear. Nose is meaty and sweet. Med body and moderately fizzy. Sugary, meaty, caramel. Amazing!
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