VertBaconStrips (2069) - 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.
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.
Marheb (2018) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 (Embouteillé nov 2012): Je vais commencer par dire que je suis abasourdi par cette cuvée. La buvabilité est formidable, j’avais absolument aucune attente mais je me prosterne devant la divinité de ce nectar. Caramel profond, bourbon, poivre noir, dattes fraîches, amertume parfaitement liée à la sécheresse en fin de bouche. Un des meilleurs barleywine que j’ai croisé sans aucun doute.
pushkinwow (1997) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
341ml bottle from Ian. Light brown with a light tan head. Sweet plum, some booze, wood, raisins, bit of caramel/toffee and smoke. Medium bodied, starts sweet but some bitterness so that its not overwhelming, good carbonation, with a great finish that keeps on giving - plum, raisins, hint of booze that gives everything a bite. Was told this was aged in Utopias but regardless its delicious and if you can get one make sure to try it!
shoulderbroken (1990) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBJG2. Dark amber. Aroma is funky and boozy, bit of caramel, coconut. Taste is boozy, coconut again. Sweet, very nice. I don’t like coconut but have recently had two beers that taste like it and have really liked both. Weird.
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of dates, vanilla, pine resin, and bourbon. Pours brown and dusty with good film. Tastes nice and hoppy with a super sweet malty caramel undertone. Great barleywine.
Minderbinder (1748) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, sugar, malt, alcohol, fruits. Taste is of bourbon (alot), alcohol, malt, sweetness, some wood. Bitter finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall: Loads of bourbon/alcohol in there. Not hidden at all (wich suits me in that case). Not too cloying sugar-wise. Medium drinkability (wich is good for the style). Very good beer.
cards04 (1724) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has anything bad ever come out of a bourbon barrel? Thanks Dominic for this beauty. Pours a rich and full prune color. Aromas of bourbon and vanilla, brown sugar and caramel. Awesome. Sweet vanilla and caramel flavors at first then some dried fruit and a warm boozy finish as it goes down. World class.
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously sent to me by Glouglouburp. Thanks Dany! This pours out as a murky dark brown color with just a thin head on top. The aroma consists of plums, raisins, caramel, toffee, wood, and light hop notes. A little more fruit seems to show in the flavor as well as various subtle nuances adding complexity. Plums, raisins, dates, but also a little cherry as well. Smooth, rich, toffee and caramel malt. Incredible soothing barrel notes with some light alcohol warmth that seems as if it’s bourbon. Is this aged in bourbon? The palate is spot on with some sugary sweeter notes, lots of barrel, and very light bitterness from the hops. Everything just works here. Damn, this is really good stuff. I like the regular version but this is on a whole different level. Thanks again, Dany!
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.