illidurit (2175) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Woodshop 7. Pours a dark burnt caramel color, which is coincidentally a large part of the flavor profile, along with plenty of bourbon, tending toward too hot, some wood, and toffee.
fletchfighters (1136) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A-- Poured and settled a dark cola color. Lots of ruby tints when shown to light. Active carbonation on pouring but not much in the head department. Decent ringed light brown collar, but really at best a short lived light brown film. Not much more really on swirling the beer.
S-- Fig, Carmel, Oak, Vanilla, Coconut and slight bits of alcohol. Reminds me a bit of a dessert here in Australia called sticky date pudding. Just softer in the nose than I expected, or hoped.
T-- Rich Carmel, Fig, Vanilla, and coconut. Alcohol much more noticeable in the taste.
M-- Slightly higher carbed than I would want but it does work. Higher medium bodied. Flavors stay pretty consistent all the way through on this. Just slight bits of tannins here and there but this also a bit boozy in the finish. Drinks bigger than what is is.
O-- Good beer. Not great. A little hot and much preferred the taste and feel as opposed to the soft nose with this. Reminds me a lot of a sherry and this this will develop into something really good as it feels bigger than what it currently is.
oh6gdx (20947) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled@chriso (thanks forgetfu). Amber colour, mediumsized small beige head. Aroma is sweet malts, some hops, alcohol and riped fruits. Flavour is ripe fruits, toffee, vanilla, hops, alcohol and some nice fudge sweetness. Lovely balance.
AmEricanbrew (6014) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 5, 2012
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear caramel color with fleeting foam. Spicy pit fruit, vanilla, caramel aromas. Medium body with soft co2. Massive boozy bourbon, alcohol, pit fruit, caramel flavors--too boozy
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Bligh’s pours a dark ruby caramel color with light tan edges and a full, dark molasses center. A sparse off-white cap leaves a sparse lacing down the glass.
The nose is smooth, with the aromas blending very well together. Bourbon, figs, molasses, dark chocolate, full raisins, caramel, vanilla, and spicy oak in the nose and flavor.
The body is nice and full, with a light, creamy carbonation. It is a bit sticky on the tongue, and there is a boozy presence to go along with the bourbon in the back.
Dry Dock definitely has created a strong offering in the barleywine category.
PhillyCraft (3457) - 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 (3573) - 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 (918) - 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.