Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle date 11/17/06. carbonation all but gone , oxidation is slight for the age . got a nice almost cherry note in the flavor . dam fine barleywine
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottling. Pours reddish tan into a snifter with no head. Looks like sherry. Aromas are toffee, vanilla and cherry. Taste is wood, bourbon, vanilla, cherry, some toffee, and bitter hoppiness that is muted on the finish. Not nearly as sweet as I was expecting, and the booze is not real pronounced or hot. Hits all the right BW notes, and the oaky vanilla really rounds this one out. The aging has helped, too, I am sure. Excellent!
Beerdedone (2743) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma was vanilla, caramel, alcohol and had some notes of oak. Flavor was relatively sweet & malty with vanilla, fruit, caramel, a bit of toffee and a touch of oakiness.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is a ruby river water with one finger of off-white head; the head is nice, but dissipates quickly and leaves only the modest show of lacing. Nose is oak beams, tobacco, barn, dust, hay, burnt caramel, and a very syrupy malt. Taste is a clone of this nose. WoW!!! The woody, sweet earth takes over and fireworks go off on the pallet. This is one of the best BWs I have come across. The pallet takes the sweet, deep (almost perfume like) musk and stays thick, without the roast, from start to finish. Matt from Capone’s recommended this, and it did not disappoint!
madmitch76 (16111) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
24th March 2008
Pleasant aromatic vanilla and bourbon nose that carries through to the flavour. Lovely smooth malt with a sweet note. Really well joined up. Lovely!
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle of the ’06. Pretty big vanilla in the aroma, which is present but lighter in the flavor. It also has a light tartness to it. The flavor reminded me a little bit of coconut water.
zdk (1816) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sweet toffee, and a bit vineous. tasty, but i didn’t find this particularly woody (tasted alongside the normal version)
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. Bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a thin film of head. Sweet alcohol in the aroma with hints of oak. Some malty sweetness a firm hop bitterness. Lots of alcohol in the feel and down to the gut not unpleasant. Definetly a sipping beer. I think I would have rated it a little higher if I had it in the middle of winter by a fire.
Butters (3857) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle scored from the WBF richmond. Pours a clear reddish copper with no real head. Nose of burgandy, sweetness, some vanilla, and surprisingly no alcohol heat. Flavor brings the alcohol, along with sherry, and strong sweet malty backbone. Very syrupy, but not viscous, and fairly thick. Very enjoyable after dinner cordial. But still has a bit too much heat on it. I would bet this would mellow perfectly with a few years on it.
Arayaga2 (1813) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chestnut reddish brown with a small crema. Aroma is rich and fruity with stonefruit. Taste is similarly rich, with relatively high hop bitterness and serious tannins. 13/pitcher