VT (1181) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at St-Jérome. An opaque, orange brown ale with a resilient beige head. Smell is caramel. Flavor is caramel, barley candy, vanilla, brown sugar and, surprisingly, a touch of maple. Finish is wood, vanilla, nice, very subtle hops, almost imperceptible. Lingering red candy flavor, and some nice warming alcohol feel. Full bodied, creamy, sticky mouthfeel. Weak carbonation. Weak carbonation. An elite barley wine.
polomagnifico (1157) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from kbudd19, thanks man!! Aroma has notes of dried dark fruits, vanilla, woods, caramel, toffee, port tones, just phenomenal! Murky muddy brown hue with a small off-white head that left no lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and oily soft. Overall a true pleasure. A work of art. Simply a wonderful Barley Wine but the appearance is bad. Wonderful in every other way.
Cirrhosis (1143) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bar has this tapped as Burban barrel edition not sure if same)Dark brown body thin film floating on top. Aroma is weird, first thing i want to say is cream cheese, but there is burbon, no alcohol, vanilla, that is all. Taste is plain cheese cake, vanilla, cinnomen (very destinct). Burbon is obviuse, no burn.Very, very distinct brew never really had one like it before. Highly recomend.
bvc (1123) - 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.
MaltOMeal (1088) - 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 (1027) - 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.
brystmar (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bourbony with a strong hop presence. Clearly an American-style Barleywine. Strong booze presence, plenty of malt but the booze is paramount. 2011 was much better overall.
BoostIPA (967) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouts a cloudy thick amber with a slight head. Strong aromas of bourbon, oak, sticky malts. Taste is a complete bourbon bomb... Over the top bourbon and oak. Low bitterness. No roast, but very malt forward. The alcohol is hidden in every way, yet this still drinks like its way above the listed ABV. Pretty nice beer.
mnmike (942) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish brown color - no head or lacing. Strong aromas of fruity bourbon. Tastes somewhat like a quad.