SG111 (657) - 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 (1298) - 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 (14283) - 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 (454) - 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 (1296) - 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 (4948) - 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!
Ferris (8929) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Toffee, chocolate and boozy bourbon. Dirty reddish brown and a thin light brown head. Raisin, brown sugar, prune and a long sweet finish. Bourbon is much lighter in the taste than in the nose.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle, received via trade with heybeerman -
I’ve had the pleasure of consuming this great beer a few times with different vintages. This is the 2012 vintage, and while it might still be a little young it shows off the fantastic barrel aging and just oozes out bourbon with an emphasis on the wood. Vanilla, bourbon, medium-sweet malts dominate the aroma, and while that 1-2-3 combo might seem a little simple, it freakin rocks. The wood really shines though on the palate and if you ever want to show a person what barrel aging can do to a beer, this is a fine example. Lots of woody tannins, vanillin and bourbon and, like the aroma, is fantastic. I can only imagine this beer getting better with a little age, but it’s pretty damn good right now.
BoBoChamp (5757) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
36cl, Vintage 2014, no mention of ABV, exclusive American brew, thx alot to Secret Santa!, complex brew, alcoholic/woody and slightly spicy/sweet, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, good Winter brew, yet expensive!
slowrunner77 (7854) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"aroma starts as vanilla, caramel malt, with a hint of pepper and hops. well made BW..the hops shine through the bourbon, though the bourbon blends well and is the highlight. slight peppery aspect to the sweet full finish. thanks again, John, this is a real sipping treat."