JulienHuxley (2147) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at DDC 12th anniversary. Aroma of fermented cherries, wet wood, molasses. Taste is a little bit better. Very woody, caramelized cherries with a subtle hop backbone. Palate is rich and boozy, not too sticky. I couldn’t wait to taste this one and wad very disapointed, especially with the aroma.
_angst_ (2093) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you Glouglouburp! Pours hazy deep amber with a creamy goldenish beige head that is rather quick to dissipate while leaving some sticky trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, roasted coconut, wood, toffee, vanilla fudge, alcohol, honey, sweet bread, butterscotch hard candy and hints of dark grapes. Taste is sweet, tiny bitter and malty with toffee, caramel, butterscotch hard candy, sweet liquorice hard candy, roasted coconut, slightly dry grass, golden syrup, alcohol, dark honey, wood and hints of lemon and orange zest. Mouthfeel is smooth, round, tiny sticky sweet, tiny boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet and tiny bitter with caramel, toffee, coconut, vanilla fudge, dark honey and charred wood. Very nice!
Fred82 (2069) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
341ml from Le Monde des Bières.
Appearance : Dark amber with small head. Not much lacing
Aroma : Nice rich raisins and resinous hops. Light herbal notes. Rich vanilla bourbon with caramel. Light oxydation.
Taste : Piny hops qith caramel and raisins. Light vanilla and light wood. Piny and resinous finish with caramel, vanilla, light alcohol and some wood bitters.
Palate : Average carbonation, feels a bit thinner than the regular version maybe because of the woody notes and the spirit-y notes.
Overall : Really nice beer. The bourbon BA is not too powerful. The BA seems to add more persistence to the finish. Nice complex nose and taste. I think this is quite a nice example of good use of barrel aging. Rather elegant and quite tasty. A bit of age could improve it a bit. We’ll see !
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big vanilla aroma along with dark caramel and woody hops. Rich mouthfeel, but just short of superb. Nice baking spices come through along with the vanilla.
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - APR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Toffee apples, vanilla, burnt toffee, candi floss. Like being at the local fair really. Very smooth, weighty body.
VertBaconStrips (1953) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Underground. Murky thing. Fluffy head. Milky chocolate lemon merengue oddity nose, soft caramel, it’s all soft. Vanilla, bourbon stuff. Excellent. Taste quickly. Smooth bourbon, vanilla, caramel, light heat, yes. Great. Mild bitterness.
Reynolds314 (1887) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another great beer courtesy of Tommy. I always tell myself that i dont care for barleywines until i have a great one. This one is toasty rich and loaded with dark fruits and spicy oak and vanilla. Finishes dry enough to make me want more.
tom10101 (1844) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (341 ml) 2012 vintage. Hazy amber/brown with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon (not too harsh), vanilla, caramel/toffee (a lot!), wood and slight peppery notes. Taste is moderately sweet with bourbon, vanilla, caramel/toffee, wood, slight alcohol, light fruity notes and a subtle bitter finish. Medium to heavy body. A bit chewy. Very good bourbon barrel Barley Wine. In my opinion, it’s better than the regular version. Complex and drinkable for the style.
northropfrye (1722) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks, Tommy. Sweet aroma of malt, dried fruit, vanilla. Dark body with white head. Taste is sweet, very dried fruit and malty, a touch of bourbon. Overall, a great barley wine.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear ruby brown, thin pale tan head. Nice lacing. Nose is sweet cocoa/coconut/vanilla. Flavours are boozy cask, some solid fruit, rich and barrelly,. Cool.