daleharshman (848) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber purchased 15 months ago at the Escondido BevMo ($10.99). Pours a dark muddy-red hue with only a thin layer of beige foam with soon turns to nothing. Aroma of nice dark toffee, some oaked brandy, musty vanilla, molasses, and a bit of the orange blossom honey. Flavor of thick chewy toffee and caramel, brown sugar, sticky dark fruit, molasses, and some brandy. Has a really thick mouthfeel but not overly sweet. The high ABV is quite well concealed. Not particularly nuanced, but a pretty good BA barley wine nonetheless. (52, 786)
Brigadier (2745) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle
A post dessert treat filled my stomach with rich flavors. Even after a year or two in the cellar this beast of a beer had a massive kick. This isnít a beer to take lightly. Fantastic and world class it makes me want to jump on a plane to California ASAP.
Aroma / Appearance - Even after all that time there were traces of carbonation. The warm body basks in the light like a glass full of melted caramel. Lazy legs give away the ABV as if you could not pick it up from the bouquet. Creamy vanilla, red vines, chocolate cream pie, and elderly hops are dense and heavy.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel retains a trace of carbonation to help lighten up a thick chewy profile. Booziness seeps into the corners of the palate. The old hops have taken on a mix of caramel and vanilla aspects. The chewiness lingers in a thick heady finish. Well balanced, filling, and relaxing, this beer has all the ingredients of a barrel aged release done well.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Rating #50. Great barleywine, tremendous aroma and flavor, lots of toffee and the brandy really adds to the complexity overall. (2690)
maneliquor (2729) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark chestnut brown pour with a small, whithering off white head. Nose shows loads of plummy raisin type fruits, honey nectar, heavy brandy and caramel.Very christmas cake like with some heavy boozy tones from brandy. Taste is heavy on caramel and christmas cake fruits. Brandy takes over from a lot even considering the 2 odd years this has been laying down for. 11% never really comes through too much. Solid but not outstanding in any way
pete4999 (962) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, as pictured. I got this in a trade awhile back. Poured a hazy, dark brown. Smooth. Very sweet, raisin, plum, grapes. Some sweet spices. Not boozy at all for the alcohol content. Good.
deyholla (5860) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to someone! Pours a cloudy amber brown with a near white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a decent amount of barrel with sweet grains and a bit of booze. Flavor has a good amount of sweet grains with some barrel and a bit caramel.
Beerman6686 (3781) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a rub red color with a beige head. Aroma was of light brandy, some fruit notes, and caramel and toffee malts. Flavor was a little odd, somewhat vegetal, like the brandy tasted like beats, with a standard barleywine underbelly.
fletchfighters (998) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color and light brown head.
Nose of brown sugar, honey, orange, caramel, soft oak and brandy.
Orange really dominates the taste in a good way. Soft notes of brandy, sugar, oak, and fruits.
Medium bodied and subtle sweet. Also in a good way. Orange and honey smooth out the beer quite well.
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corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark chocolate brown color thatís completely opaque with a one finger yellowish-beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.
The aroma of this beer is pretty complex with brandy barrel elements blended with dark fruit, earthy spice, citrus and leathery malt. Some dry, earthy oak, vanilla and a really prominent brandy character. Some boozy sweetness with hints of molasses, caramel apple, date, fig and raisin followed by leathery malt notes and subtle spice. Smells great.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation and perfectly integrated brandy barrel flavor. Some dry, toasted oak, coconut, sweet brandy and vanilla followed by dark fruit, leathery malt and sweet booze. Hints of caramel, molasses and toffee along with some fig, plum, raisin and faint citrus. Thereís some leathery malt toward the finish but the sweetness from the brandy, spices and honey overshadows it a bit. Just a touch of boozy warmth after the swallow but the high ABV is excellently masked. Itís hard to believe that this beer is 11%. A bit on the sweet side but really flavorful and dangerously drinkable.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to stefan. Poured nearly brown with an off white head. Aroma and flavor were caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, alcohol, and oak. Body was full with low carbonation.