poisoneddwarf (1953) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from bytemesis. 2014 vintage. Aroma consists of whiskey, wood, coconut, vanilla, raisin, molasses, licorice, cough drop--wow, this is right up there with the best of the barrel aged malt-driven beers I’ve ever had. Smells like rum bread. Pours muddy brown with orange tints and a one finger beige head that falls into a ring and skiff of foam fairly quick; laces a little. Taste is nearly as good as the aroma, with all descriptors in place. The only thing pulling it back a little is its harshness; it’s fairly boozy and the licorice/cough drop aspect is dominant in flavor, nearly astringent. Carbonation is average, body is full. Really tasty, but it’s a sipper.
Westmeister (2093) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brought back from WI by some friends. Big, big creamy bourbon,malty, vanilla,ripe fruits, some alcohol sting, a bit biscuity. Good stuff.
starewich (168) - - FEB 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, nuts, maybe some chocolate. Heavy alcohol taste. Very thick and oily. Not accustomed to the style but I can see the appeal.
FestDecBeet (412) - - FEB 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Look: pours a dark Amber. Hazy. Light brown head. Thick lacing.
Smell: heavy oak barrel. Slight bourbon. Caramel. Sugar sweet. Light hops. Matt sweetness. Coconut.
Taste: nice bourbon. Good oak flavors. Vanilla. Big sweetness. Caramel and butter toffee.
Feel: extremely smooth. Medium low carbonation. Slight dry up front but sweet on the back.
Overall: great beer. Easy drinker. Nicely balanced between hops, malts, barrel, and bourbon.
First drank: home 2/20/15
SG111 (572) - New York, USA - FEB 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours a murky brown chestnut color with little to no head. Aroma is big bourbon aroma, toffee, caramel, vanilla, fig. Really nice. Flavor is a little bit of hops up front (nice, I wasn’t expecting that much from an English-style barleywine), bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Awesome. All the elements come through. The bourbon-barrel aging, the traditional English-style barleywine elements, and even some hops! That makes this a pretty awesome barleywine. Not too heavy on the carbonation (rightly so, any more carbonation would ruin it, imo). Fantastic.
fletchfighters (1255) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 Oz bottle.
Dark amber with ruby highlights, off white head that falls to a thick collar. Thick ABV legs and some spotty lacing.
Nose is bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, and coconut, under the barrel notes are soft dark fruits and prune. Lovely nose especially with the complexity.
Taste is up front bourbon and notes from the barrel. Caramel, oak, vanilla and coconut. Under all that is the dark fruits. Juicy prune, strawberry, and brown sugar.
Full beer, light carbonation, juicy and jimmy. Like how it is up front barrel and under that a really solid BW.
Theydon_Bois (12731) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split in the hotel room, Tacoma, thanks to Ferris 07/11/14.
Dark chestnut brown with a decent beige covering that retains well.
Nose is dark toffee fudge, nutty, light spice, dates, cake mix, bourbon rinse, tangy dark fruit peel.
Taste comprises sweet licks, bourbon well evident, prunes, dark fruit, toffee fudge.
Medium + body, dine carbonation, drying close caked in dark fruit rinds and sweetish licks finsihing with lightly warming alcohol.
Solid BW - Bourbon evident but doesn’t take over.
ChrisSc (426) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis. Bottle from jan 2014.
Appearance: dark brown with slight ruby tint. Totally opaque. Small white rim of head.
Aroma: heavy on bourbon. Boozy. Oak. Brown sugar. A little vanilla on the end.
Taste: sweet up front. Slightly bitter in the finish. Big flavor.
Palate: rich and full bodied. Long finish. Soft carbonation.
Overall: Really nice. Rich and complex. Great flavor.
ElManana (1086) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red, murky no head. Nose is bourbon, malts, candy, crazy aroma. Taste is lots of bourbon, malt, caramel. Unbalanced but Superb. Best Barleywine, I have had so far.
kraddel (4563) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thnx to steacy!
Pours murkey dark amber to brown no head.
Smell is bourbon, wood, vanilla. Very nice.
Taste is sharp, bit boozy. Sweet, grains. Much vanilla, oak, rather sharp. Love it!