kermis (9071) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared thanks to Benzai at night before crazy Danish ticking spree tasting. Pours cloudy brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is oak forward, bourbon, molasses, caramel, fudge, vanilla and booze. Flavour is heavy sweet with and oily light sticky palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
MasterPintsman (4) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
With livley intensity of empowering flavour and a gentle yet strong smooth lingering after taste. This beer has defined layers consiting of a complexity of mild bourbon followed by its sweet dessert like features coating your tongue leaving a delicate sweet yet intense after taste.
guil0000 (344) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a caramel brown color with little to no head. Nose of bourbon, caramel, toffee, dark fruit and vanilla. Somewhat sweet taste at first with a strong alcool finish. Medium to full body.
knickskicks (1083) - - JUL 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown pour. Nose is caramel, booze, wood. Taste is booze, wood, caramel, ash.
erickok (4927) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body, not typical barley wine. And indeed more roasted, more like an imperial porter. Very nice though. Well aged and lots of bourbon sweetness, but it matches the beer. Excellent brew. Quite classic in appeal (that’s positive here). (Bottle traded with Papou)
SrSilliGose (3327) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thank you to glouglouburp for this "complex aroma of fruit, alcohol and hops" beer. 2009 on the ribbon and properly stored in kitchen cupboard till 2015. aroma of big sweet boozy rum cake, figs, dates. bit of dimetap. alcohol soaked date/fig/over ripened plum fruit with a licorice and cough syrup pete. mellowed out. not overly sweet. only big gripe is the cough syrup presence, otherwise warming and somewhat drinkable.
cargo150 (1289) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Couleur brune foncee au reflets rougeatres avec un mince col assez résistant. Aromes assez complexes d’épices de caramel de fruits rouges, d’alcool, de bois et de terre. Complexes mais un vin d’orge un peu irratable au bout du compte. Rspectable tout de meme!
rejtable (2072) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle says bourbon aged, but can’t find any entry for that. 2014 version. Pours murky brown with limited head and lacing. Nose is sweet syrups and cereal. Flavours dark fruit, syrup, leather. Taste med/big sweet m d/big bitter.noily and sticky mouth with lively biddy and big alcohol burn.
Tmoney99 (12994) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toasted malt, vanilla alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, vanilla sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341ml bottle, thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Has a gold sticker on the neck reading "Reserve Speciale 2009 Vielle en fut de chene". Hazy brown color. Thin bubbly khaki head, a few bits of lace. A touch of bourbon in the nose, chocolate, tasty caramel. Vanilla and big oak in the flavor. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Doesn’t taste very oxidized for a 2009 beer, that’s impressive... If it is, the flavors of age work well with this beer. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation, good full feel. Kind of slick in the mouthfeel then drying a bit in the finish. Good long oaky and malty aftertaste. Impressive how this manages to be not too sweet, with a nice complex nutty chocolatey rich malt still. A great oak-aged barleywine. Would be very interested to try this fresh..