Jesterdeal (1640) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with the guys. Aroma is dark citrus, prune, bourbon, chocolate, and slight oak. Pours deep brown with a small tan head. Taste is barrel, dark fruits, slight chocolate/vanilla, and a bitter hop. Lots more fresh barleywine presence than I thought there would be. Bold but not viscous. Nice.
Beerathon (945) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy bourbon batman! As it warms the bourbon is even mote pronounced. Not as heavy as you’d think. Yum!
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Number 2011 of 3240. Black bodied with a short tan head. So much toasted coconut and vanilla in the nose! Roasted malt, booze, oak notes and underlying dark fruit there as well. Taste is big coconut, vanilla, booze, oak, roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, hints of dark fruit and faint coffee notes. Body is medium with a strong bubbly carbonation and lots of boozy warmth. Finishes with a welcoming warming in the gut. There’s a lot more toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, roasted malt, chocolate notes, light coffee and burnt caramel. Yummy!
jra1983 (32) - york haven, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Al’s of hampden. Pours pitch black, with minimal head retention. The head is a nice off white to khaki color. Nose is of bourbon, vanilla, char, and some wheat. Taste for me was mostly vanilla and bourbon, wasn’t able to pick out the flavors that I did in the nose. Got a bottle to lay back, this should age nicely.
jkwood04 (3396) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours near black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma sort of grainy/ pet food like, but some roasted malts, light wheat, some bourbon and vanilla, and a little dough/dark fruits. Flavor the same but without that graininess. Smooth texture. A pretty good beer.
sonnycheeba (3042) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by beerandblues2, thanks! Pours deep, dark brown with frothy beige head. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, prunes, raisins, and light floral notes. Flavor is roast malts, oak, alcohol spice, dark fruit esters, and woody notes; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (9068) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, dates, toast and chocolate malt with prunes and figs, light earthy and spicy hops. Flavor is sweet caramel and toffee malt, figs, and prunes, earthy hops and light bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.