PhillyCraft (2581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, from Allen, thanks brah, shared with some bro’s after the Cantillon event. Poured a murky brown with mocha head and a dct bit of lacing. Aromas of cinnamon, coconut, bourbon, figs, oak, cherry and some more dark fruits. Slight smell of some cocoa once warmed. Taste is unbelievable, so rich and balanced for a barley. Notes of vanilla, cherry, dark choc, plum, spice, some whiskey heat in the finish. This beer was killer. Need to snag some more stuff from Dry Dock asap.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark clear brown color with a one finger light beige head. Excellent aroma with big time whiskey -bals, toffee, coconut, and butterscotch. The flavor has an amazing malty caramel and toffee base that blends seamlessly with the whiskey. Some wood and oxidation, coconut, and butterscotch. Smooth and medium-full on the palate with medium-low carbonation. Awesome barleywine.
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the barleywine that all other barleywines will be compared to throughout my beer life. Amazing nose, oak, barrel char, fruits, bourbon, malt and sweet sweet nilla’. Good lawrd this taste amazing, way better than King Henry in my opinion. The taste follows the nose. Perfect viscosity and coating. Carbonation is spot on as well. Damn this is a fine beer.
orangesol (562) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to stormking47 for bringing this one to Imminent Liquidation II. Was really looking forward to trying this one, glad I got a sample.
A - Pours hazy brown with a decent one finger tall off-white head leaving small streaks of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of toffee, caramel, dark fruits, oak, vanilla and warm bourbon. The booze is fairly strong at this point, dulling some of the other amazing aromas.
T - Starts off with quite a bit of sugary sweetness - mostly toffee, caramel and brown sugar - slowly giving way to hints of vanilla, oak and warm bourbon. A good balance initially, the booze grows a little too aggressive toward the end of my sample. Finish is a mix of sweetness and booze burn, lingering on the palate long after consumption.
M - Big body with plenty of sweet flavors and moderate carbonation. The booze is strong throughout, combining with the barrel to leave the palate dried after each sip.
O - A very nice barrel aged barleywine, all tho I have had better. I would like to try this one once the booze dies down a little more, I think it will greatly improve.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, 2011 release, via trade on BA. pours a hazy, murky, cherry-wood color topped by a razor thin, eggshell head that leaves a tight ring of lace around the edges. aroma takes some time to open up, but when it does, it’s great with heavy notes of rich caramel, pralines, coconut cream pie, and toasted barrel integrating with sweet fruit notes of red apple, black cherry, dates, and raisins with hints of spiced banana bread and oaked bourbon as it warms in the glass. flavor is almost a carbon copy of the aroma with rich, sweet notes of pralines, vanilla custard, toasted coconut, and toasted oak up followed by the essence of fruitcake with raisins, figs, cherries, apple skins, and spiced nuts just ahead subtle, smokey bourbon. palate is full bodied with very light carbonation and a dry, fruity, lightly woody finish. overall, a damn nice barrel aged barleywine.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Davidson’s Liquor. Pours a deep red / brown with a small off white head. Sweet whiskey nose with apple, caramel, dark fruits and vanilla. Med body with big whiskey barrel notes, vanilla, apple, sweet caramel malts and raisin. Sweet finish with lingering vanilla and apple notes. A bit sharp on the finish.
Camons (4495) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Aarons place, Thanks. Pours hazy dark brown with small offwhite head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, caramel, oak, vanilla, light smoke. Taste is malty and rather sweet with Stranahans bourbon, oak, vanilla, smokey notes, toffee. Medium body, soft carbonation, lasting oaky bourbon finish. 020312
crossovert (5641) - Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It is a gusher for some reason. It pours murky brown with reddish hues and a fizzy tannish white head..
The smell is nice. There is a fruitiness running through it that is beautiful and reminds me of J.W. Lees. The oak and bourbon scents are also there, not overpowering, which I like. The alcohol is there, adding a perfume that melds with the bourbon.
The flavor is pretty good. A lot of flavors combine for a luscious flavor. Nothing seems overpowering. There is a nice combo of vanilla, caramel, and bourbon that really seems to be the backbone. There is also a hint of bitterness and a big hit of dark fruits.
This one is a bit cloying and hot at times but overall a great beer.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by cptnspeed1...thanks Brad! - good balance of sweet and smoothness. Once pointed out i got Marshmallow out of there.
madvike (2376) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by cptnspeed1...thanks Brad! - Pours reddish brown with a thin tan head. Lots of vanilla and sweet whiskey notes. A bit of heat and lots of brown sugar. A little sharp initially on the taste, but it mellows out pretty well into a sweet whiskey mellowness with a syrupy caramel flavor. Very smooth and decadent. Definitely a sipper, and definitely a dessert beer. Good stuff.