Indra (2530) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bottle, 2012 vintage. Incredibly fragrant aroma, with notes of toasted coconut, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, whiskey, toasted bread, and dried fruit (dates), very complex and interesting. Thoroughly hazy amber-brown in color, with a sparse tan head. Flavor profile is malty, fruity, sweet and full of oak, vanilla, toffee and whiskeyish notes, some faint cherry and raisin, plenty of lingering dark sugars late, and finishing with a dash of bitterness and alcohol. Smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel, warming and low in effervescence, body is massive. Really indulgent stuff. Thanks to Scott!
48FanInCali (612) - California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle. Enjoyed over the course of the Super Bowl. Very solid BABW. Very little short head. Nose of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, and maybe a touch of vanilla. Taste follows the nose with lots of toffee and sweetness (not cloying at all though). Fairly mild on the wood and booze. Amazing as a 10% abv. Dare I say "balanced". As typical much more enjoyable as it warms. Maybe just a tad thin.
theisti (3001) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle shared by scotter. The pour is a brown golden, hazed, with not much of a head. The aroma is warming caramel, toffee, brown sugar and an almost buttery softness. The taste is the sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar malt, along with a floral perfume character. The palate is medium to heavy bodied, with a soft natural carbonation, and a sweet lingering finish. Nice integration of the booze, nice Barley Wine. Thanks for sharing this one Scott.
Jesterdeal (1468) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of sweet toffee, caramel, and vanilla. Pours brown and sticky. Tastes brown and sticky :) Great cherry-chocolate cordial, hard toffee, and sweet brown sugar. Not too many wood or chocolate notes, almost all sugars. Still this is a great barleywine and worth having a bottle.
Tybalt (198) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is sweet molasses, toffee, and alcohol. Flavor really sinks in with the molasses, a hint of rye, and very, very smooth, round finish. Super bold yet incredibly consistent....just warms you up inside!
nimbleprop (3864) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle pours a translucent copper brown with one ring of white head. Nose of coconut, woody, caramel, Captain Morgan rum, a little corn whiskey. Flavor is sweet, cotton candy, birch sap, maple, caramel. Full bodied, sweet finish.
wchesser (891) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2013 ’12 version on draft at brewery’s release party. BIg caramel toffee nose with all the extra Stranahan’s barrel notes: bourbon, vanilla, and toasted coconut. Slightly cloudy, dark cocoa colored brown with minimal head. Full bodied and not watered down by the barrel at all. Boozy, but in balance. Flavors follow the nose. This is not your huge hopped American barleywine, but more of an BA version of an English style. I think it will age nicely.
Living in Denver, I’ve gotten to try a lot of Stranahan’s BA beers from local breweries (even though they can’t call it that since Stranahans sold out). In the best versions (BTW, the ’official’ Stranahan’s blessed stuff from Breckenridge is NOT in this category though ostensibly they forbid others from using the name to protect the brand, I think it has more to do with Breckenridge’s deeper pockets than many other local breweries) it becomes just another dimension to the beer adding complexity and everything it brings but plays second fiddle to the beer (see Great Divide’s barrel aged releases, esp. Yeti). In the worst it blows out the beer, and in the fair to above average (of which Bligh’s is one), the beer holds it’s own but really just provides the structure to hang the Stranahan’s bunting off of. All said though, that is some fiiiine bunting and the Bligh base beer is well up to the task.
This is a rich, tasty treat for sharing on a winter’s eve with some sticky toffee pudding and friends.
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.
The beer is dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of toffee, bourbon, oak, malt, caramels. Nice flavor. Well balanced and flavorful, but not in the upper tier for the style. Lots of toffee and caramels. Bourbon component is well integrated. A solid beer. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-18-2011
SudsMcDuff (5323) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from a blind barleywine tasting .. . tastes like its between 3-5 years old .. . deep molasses and brandy .. . lots of maple too .. . quite a nice brew, could have been a bit thicker .. . .
So who won? The losers?
No, they lost.
Ha, ha. Losers.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
i wasn’t going to buy this beer but when people started claiming it was as good as Abacus I had to see for myself. Personally I didn’t think it was as good as Abacus but it is a good barrel-aged barleywine. Dark caramel color, decent head. The smell is really great, coconut, vanilla, caramel, hints of alcohol, whiskey. The taste is good but is a bit of a letdown after the smell. Caramel, toffee but very little barrel or whiskey influence. This is a good barleywine but I won’t be buying another given the price.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-05-2011 02:11:10