b3shine (5425) - Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter (shared with the group; thanks sloth). Looks good for the style; a slightly hazy caramel with thin eggshell lacing. Smells solid; semi-sweet and malty with notes of oak. Tastes like it smells with notes of bourbon and vanilla. Solid on the palate; a little boozy though. Enjoyable.
duganc (12) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I quite enjoyed this barley wine. I am on a bw kick these days and found this to be particularly good
arojewski (49) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The hints of bourbon from the barrel process don’t help mask the high ABV, but add a unique flavor. It’s nearly a bourbon Boilermaker in a bottle. Nice aging process for a barleywine.
lamas (1360) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bottled: 02/14/14. A slightly hazy ruby pour with a thin antique white head. Bourbon, charred oak, plums, vanilla extract, dates, dark cherries, and caramel in the aroma. Goes down medium-bodied, fairly smooth, and just a tad syrupy. Caramel, dates, and plums dominate the initial taste. Vanilla follows. A burnt oaky woodsiness finishes things off. Some citrus and spices here and there. There is a boozy bourbon quality present from beginning to end.
Earlier Rating: 4/28/2013 Total Score: 3.5
22 oz. bottle. 2012 vintage. There is no mention of Heaven Hill on the label. Pours a clear ruby color with a smallish beige head. Grapefruits, caramel, bourbon, an oaky woodsiness, plums, and vanilla extract feature strongly in the aroma. Goes down medium-bodied and slightly syrupy. Quite sweet upfront in the taste with plenty of caramel and overly ripe plums. Brown sugar. Lots of creamy vanilla and a little shortbread in the middle. Boozy flavors. A charred oaky woodsy presence and a touch of citrus at the end. A good dose of warming alcohol and a cloying sweetness throughout. Nicely done, just WAY too sweet for my taste.
StoutDr (44) - Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is really sweet. Appearance is cloudy copper. Sweet smooth barley. Light on palate.
beechner224 (669) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours amber with white head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, malt. Taste is smooth, lots of oak tannins. Smooth vanilla. Damn tasty.
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Slightly murky copper pour with a short tan head. Aroma is vanilla, toasted coconut, caramel, sweet malt, oak and bourbon notes. Taste is big coconut, toasted malt, oak, vanilla, caramel, sweet malt, candied fruit and bourbon. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Light boozy warmth to this as well. Ends with more oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, toasted malt, boozy notes, caramel, sweet malt notes and bourbon. Nice!
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle->snifter. Deep amber with small offwhite head. A: caramel malt, cardboard, deep grains and hops. T: sweet malt, booze, dusty hops, grains, wood chips. Somewhat cloying. Decent but nothing exceptional.
floydslip (173) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly cloudy amber beer with a slow-forming thin white head that disappears almost as quickly as it forms. Sour alcoholic nose with some plum, light soy, and raisins. Flavor has an initial sourness followed immediately by a bracing bitterness with overarching tannins. Mouth feel is syrupy with little effervescence. Pretty good, but it does not hide its alcohol well. Worth a try. Don’t expect to drink too many though.
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler fill at Whole Foods. Pours a medium to dark amber, clear, very slight head. Aroma is caramel, a hint of anise, vanilla, and booze. Deep caramel malts, follow by a big shot of medicinal hops, quite a bit of anise here, and then a boozy finish, a good bit of wood present at the end. Not bad at all, despite not being my favorite hop profile. Some tannins present are a bit distracting and astringent, which detracts.