BeerKurve (408) - - AUG 18, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark hazy brown color with a off-white head. Smells consists of vanilla, caramel, chocolate, bourbon, and whiskey. Taste is vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramelized malts, whiskey, and some hops; Tastes like bourbon, I love it. Body is heavy with some mild to moderate carbonation. An excellent Barleywine overall that is bursting at the seams with flavor!
islay (854) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 8-14-13. Strong, sweet, somewhat dusty aroma features caramel, apricot, candy, vanilla, and red grape juice scents. Bourbon definitely noticeable in the smell. Very nice aroma. Pours a beautiful, clear, reddish deep copper with a small amount of beige/taupe head. The liquid merits a 5 for appearance, but the lack of head drives it down to a 4. Sweet, spicy, boozy taste. Bourbon and generic fruitiness: Something amongst a cherry, an orange, and a peach. Dry finish. Bitter aftertaste. Nice hot fizziness in the back of the throat. Lively, smooth, and oily in the palate. Full body. Quite good but somehow not special overall.
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
YUMMY! Fruitcake candied pineapple scent, decent head over caramel color, thick body almost creamy feel, with a fruity candy whiskey vanilla. I could drink this every night! Trade from Jamil!
umich03jm (1498) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from trade with jrob21. Bottled Feb 2010. Pours a murky dark amber-brown color with a very small foamy head that quickly fades. Very nice complex, malty aroma. Brown sugar, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, raisins, chocolate, and coconut. Taste is moderately sweet up front packed with brown sugar, toffee, and bourbon. Finishes slightly bitter, the bourbon barrel character is still strong mixed with chocolate, coconut, and raisins. Thick body, very chewy and sticky. This is a very intense bourbon barrel barley wine and I love it. Very smooth and a great mixture of flavors.
Palme (2912) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.355l bottle from trade with FrostyTiger. Big thanks for this David! It pours an amazing looking deep dark ruby red body with a dense as hell fascinating looking beige head thatís turning in to a islandy thing after a while. The aroma is quite classic Barleywine with a strong caramel, nutty sweetness. A little bit of fireworks, lots of ripe fruits, some oxidation and even traces of vanilla. Smells quite good. It has a thick oily mouthfeel with a soft really prickling carbonation level. Lovely flavors. Really nutty with a good amount of nutty bitterness. Sticky glazed caramel, malt drops, some warming alcohol and lots of ripe fruits in the finish. It also almost tastes like bourbon without many of the elements bourbon normally gives. Mmmmhh.. A lovely night cap on a fantastic Saturday in Bergen. Thanks again David! 07.04.2013
DesertDevil (423) - Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 12-oz. bottle. Extremely sharp, boozy nose of bourbon, oak, and a strong, astringent vinegar note balanced by an almost cloying sweet maltiness. Very sweet bourbon and caramel malt on the taste with a sour mash finish. Itís still quite sharp, green, and hot; could use some cellar time. Good barrel-aged barleywine, but give it time to develop.
mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mild aroma, multi-color appearance, strong but smooth taste and warm, pleasing mouthfeel.
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Rando7 (689) - Iowa, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours dark brown with thin tan head. Malty sweet aroma. Taste caramel malts and slight bourbon. Dull oaky finish. Palate full with alcohol burn.
Pretty good, I could have used a little more sweetness and a little less oak on the finish.
brystmar (1074) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013. An interesting blend of English and American styles. Pretty boozy, honestly, yet the caramel and pulverized malts integrate into straight up enjoyment. Lacks the drinkability and overall refinement of the best of style brews, still delicious.
Godofthecellar (546) - NYC, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured dark brown with a thin layee of head. Taste of caramel, malt and warm alcohol. Mild oak on the front with a more prominent wood on the back