mathieuc (1183) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bourbon nose, maybe even too much. Hot alcohol burns the tongue, but not necessarily in a bad way. Taste might be a little sweet but alcohol covers pretty much everything up, Not sure if I like it as much as I should, it definitely needs some age to smooth out. I’ll be back with a more complete review later.
Reimer96 (1173) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy brownish amber with a off white head that dissipates into a ring. Aroma od vanilla, wood, bourbon and sweet pale malts. Taste is sweet malts, wood, bourbon, caramel and toffee with a smooth alcohol warming on the finish. Very smooth barrel aged barley wine.
bvc (1148) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks Tom! Dark caramel, clear with a uniform tight khaki head...perfect. Super rich nose, caramel, raisin, plum, brown sugar, tons of booze...god damn! Medium to medium heavy with very prickly carb. Rich bourbon booze with vanilla, maple, prune, fig...boozy and rich.
GothGargoyle (1142) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a good sized off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is palm sugar, dates, butterscotch, honey, raisins, hint of bourbon. Slick mouthfeel, smooth on the palate, sweet sticky finish. Taste is brown sugar, butterscotch, dates, raisins, shortbread, bourbon. Like a butter tart beer, love it!
AlainG (1141) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brun opaque, coiffée d’une fine et dense mousse beige, qui se dissipe en un mince voile et revient en force après une petite secouée. Arômes de sucre chauffé, ou encore cuit. Des vapeurs de bourbon en émanent, accompagné de son côté boisé. Au fil des reniflées, les fruits secs sont perçus; les figues séchées et les dattes séchées. Par moment, une senteur de cerises séduit les narines. Son goût est très réussi. Le whiskey n’efface pas tout. Certes, il amoindri son côté sucré, ce qui n’est pas une mauvaise chose. L’alcool est quand à lui inégal. Parfois il s’affirme fortement, et ailleurs, il est discret. C’est quelque peu acidulé et des traces vanilles se faufilent. Bien ronde en bouche. Embouteillée en nov. ’12) (645-210513)
neuromatt (1106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage. 341 mL bottle courtesy of Raphael, served in a stem glass next to the base. Pours deep chestnut with a moderate tan head that fades to a thin cover and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. The nose has notes of oak, bourbon, chocolate, molasses and caramel. The flavour is moderately sweet with molasses, chocolate and oak, along with bourbon notes and vanilla. The finish is long, toasted and malty. On the palate it is full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, an excellent bourbon barrel-aged barley wine. Beautiful toasted malts pair nicely with vanilla and oak from the barrel. 2014-03-20
MaltOMeal (1090) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to Glouglouburp. Pours dark brown with a tan head which dissipated. Nose is of oak, toffee, vanilla and raisins. Taste is of caramel, molasses and brown sugar. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is sweet and creamy with some alcohol warmth. This was a very good brew. Much better than the regular version. Glad I got to try this.
Slayer85 (1044) - Firenze, ITALY - OCT 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of Dany, thanks! A hazy medium to dark brown beer with ana verage sized, frothy, creamy, mostly lasting beige head. The aroma is moderately malty and very lightly hoppy, with notes of toasted/roasted nuts, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, wood and alcohol with a touch of dried fruits. The flavour is heavily sweet, lightly sour, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, thick/syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, very long finish with medium bitterness, moderately to heavily alcoholic, lightly sticky. Surely on the sweet side, but not cloying. The oak character is not overwhelming, and it has enough carbonation to give it a good drinkability. And it looks very nice. I’m glad to have tried this stuff.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
341ml bottle, 2009 special edition bottled 1/2010, courtesy of Glouglouburp. thanks, dany! pours a hazy, russet brown with a thin, dense white head and sticky lacing. aroma is great with a sweet, smooth barrel presence in the form of raw vanilla, fresh oak, and bourbon backed by dried figs, brown sugar, and piney hops with hints of cherry as it warms. flavor is absolutely wonderful with huge notes of vanilla nougat candy, glaced cherries, oak, and toasted coconut backed by warming, woody bourbon, molasses, and raisin bread with a touch of grassy, bitter hops on the finish. palate is superbly smooth with perfect carbonation and although it’s tilted to the sweet side remains nicely balanced with the bitter hops and warming bourbon on the swallow. overall, an outstanding barley wine that i’m glad to have tried.
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, tasted 9/14/2011. Thanks to iguenard. Pours muddy brown, nearly still. Really not at all appealing appearance, like someone put chalk dust in my beer. Smell of rich oak, caramel toffee, vanilla, darker fruits, raisins dominant with a hint of cherry, darker bread malts. Taste has dark fruits, caramel, sharp vanilla, molasses with resinous bitter hops, alcoholic heat in the finish. Thick, chewy and smooth, but booze cuts down drinkability. Overall super tasty, complex, and enjoyable once I got past its chalky exterior.