SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours deep, murky brown with tan head. Aroma of maple, peppery alcohol, toasted malt and dark fruit esters, old wood. Flavor is very much the same with a sweetness and faint fruity tartness. Heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall, solid brew!
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle 1/22/12 at dakine’s.
murky/hazy amber with a small off white head.
aroma and flavor of burnt toffee, loads of brown sugar, dates, vanilla, grain and an immense booze burn. it is overwhelmingly sweet and alcoholic, thick and not for me...
drewbeerme (3891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to kan. Pours murky ruby with soapy white head aroma caramel corn toasted nuts, marshmallow, Flavors are sweet caramel, toasted nuts, sweet brandy, earthy and figs, sugar is in check and good balance of brandy and
sugar. pretty solid.
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours deep nut brown with a pale nougat coloured head. The flavour holds sweet cocoa, robust caramel, toffee, sticky dried fruits, nuts, meat, earth, vanilla, soft wood, medicine, brandy and honey candy. Soft and round yet a bit fiery on the nose. The flavour is near medium sweet, light to medium bitter and tiny acidic with cocoa, chocolate, nuts, toffee, caramel, dried fruits, vanilla, brandy, earth, mud, tobacco, meat and a touch of honey. The mouthfeel is round, smooth, velvety, creamy and light fiery numbing with a light carbonation. Malty and light brandy oaky finish. Medium to full bodied.
_angst_ (3274) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours deep ruby reddish brown with a small creamy nougat head that slowly dissipates while leaving some lacing on the glass. Smell is slightly sweet and malty with sweet bread, alcohol, wood, butterscotch, lemon zest, dusty cocoa powder, resinous wood, dusty hay, roasted nuts and vanilla fudge. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter with sweet dark bread, burning alcohol, butterscotch, wood, lemon zest, brandy, vanilla, coconut, golden syrup, caramel and hints of toffee. Mouthfeel is smooth, soft, creamy, boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and tiny bitter with sweet bread, alcohol, caramel, wood, vanilla fudge, coconut and toffee. Bit too boozy but still very nice...
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma is of oak, brandy, vanilla, dark fruits like raisins, brandy soaked raisins, sugar notes, caramel and toffee. The flavor follows the nose with nice flavors of dark fruits, again the brandy soaked raisins, oak, vanilla, brandy, sugar, caramel, toffee and molasses. The body is on the fuller side of medium with a silky and dry mouth feel. Overall a really nice BA Barley Wine.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from deftim13, thanks again. Pours a murky rusty amber with a thick, beige head. Aroma of toffee, fruity esters, buttery/butterscotch brandy, oak and bread dough. Flavor is sweetish caramel malt, dates, vanilla, warming brandy and some light oak tannin. Medium body with a soft, oily mouth feel. Wow, this is really nice, seems like a great base beer that blends perfectly with the brandy barrel aging. Excellent Barley Wine.
blipp (6619) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at James’ tasting. Pours brown with a beige head. Chocolate malt and brandy aroma, with some light bready sweetness. The flavor has chocolate, brown sugar, bread, wood, and bourbon sweetness. Good stuff.
j12601 (7386) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a tasting at James’ place. Pours a hazed ruby brown amber with a medium beige tan head. Cocoa and chocolate, warm vanilla and wood. Medium to thick body, warm and smooth, a touch of sweetness and a bit of oxidization. Sweet and toasty, warm wood and more vanilla and sweetness. Very nice for a style I don’t like much.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Whole Foods in San Diego I believe. Pours a dark amber color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, bready, bourbon, and wood. Taste is sweet with some head. Medium bodied and sticky texture. Good!