BeerFunGuy (799) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is AMAZING. It has a vanilla aroma. You really can smell the bourbon. It is a beautiful dark brown color with hints of red. The cream colored head last and sticks beautifully to the edge of the glass as if to count the number of sips you have taken. It starts off with a very strong complex flavor but isn't too heavy. For an 11% beer (sorry barley wine) it doesn't taste strongly if alcohol. It finishes cleanly with a taste of vanilla. This is one of my all time favorite can't get enough of it beers.
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alobar (2965) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light chestnut brown color with a slightly off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, toffee, grain, and dark fruit. Sweet flavor with toffee, vanilla, some fruit, and grain with very subtle bourbon hints. Very nice!
jeremyh70 (831) - Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear chestnut with a ruby tint and a nicely sustaining tan head with decent lacing. I get a pleasant toasted marshmallow aroma along with some grain and light bourbon. Taste has a moderate caramel sweetness with hints of bourbon and toasted marshmallow along with wood and a medium piney bitterness in the finish. Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Above average with nice flavors and easier to drink than you think it would be. Would probably benefit from some age.
kambei70 (740) - - MAR 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 bottle. Pours a clear dark mahogany with a nice tan head. Aroma is fairly light with mostly grains and a little alcohol. Taste is grainy and woody with a big herbal bitterness. The bourbon comes in under the grain with only a little sweetness that is quickly cut by the alcohol and bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with a little alcohol burn.
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ARH (706) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Mild caramel and vanilla aromas bloom forth with a dark fruit sweetness. Late wood dominates, and even later, dried fruit and toffee become the dominant aromas. The beer is a sparkling effervescent red brown with lots of sediment. A foamy, soft beige head retains a medium thick ring and a puffy surface, and leaves a decent puffy, messy lace. It’s a high / medium high bitter with a medium high sweet. The beer is thick and gritty with a fizzy carbonation and a full body. Toffee and light bitter citrus flavors are most 5 notable with some pine and light dried fruit. It finishes with resin and a light roast character which turns to sweet, candied fruit, then to bitter, dark chocolate and wood. The aftertaste is bread crust, bitter wax, and citrus peel, which doesn’t linger too long.
vyvvy (4469) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours tawny brown with a tan head. The aroma has brown sugar, toffee, oak, vanilla, caramel and warming alcohol. It has a medium / full rich body with some roughness a good amount of carbonation. The taste starts with raw oakiness and bourbon in addition to the aroma notes. However, the aspects of the aroma are much drier. There is also some dense crusty bread and ultra dry toffee. The finish has lots of raw oak, alcohol heat, spice and barleywine girth of the full taste. Really nice barleywine.
drdisque (606) - Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a bomber poured in a snifter. Aroma is smoky and boozy. Flavor is stiff harsh bourbon flavors with notes of charcoal, burnt sugar, and a bit of tar. Slightly bitter. Finish. Many off-putting flavors and not many good ones to counteract. Alcohol far too present. Disappointing.
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. Tasted in early 2013 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle at SvT’s house. Pours cloudy brown/orange with an average tan head that leaves average, even lace. The nose is caramel, resin hops, some vanilla, and earthy yeast. The flavor is fairly dry for all of the caramel and vanilla, with the hops and earth providing some bitterness. The body is full with average carbonation and a long, very bitter finish.
SuperTiti33 (712) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rousse foncé. Belle mousse dense et beige. Nez: Banane. Caramel. Tire éponge. Biscuit épicé. Bouche: ronde. Bourbon. Vanillé. Belle amertume. Biscuité. Banane cuite. Rhum. Boisé. Épicé. Gingembre. Finale caramélisé. Excellente.
Bill Becker (463) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 4, 2015
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with reddish hues brew sitting under about a fingers worth of off white foam.
The smell I get is all Bourbon and a strong bitterness.
The taste is even more intrusive with the Bourbon. Together with the very instringent bitterness, it gets to be a real chore to take the next sip. Too fresh and needs some cellaring? Maybe.
Fine fullish mouthfeel.
Too rough of a BA Barleywine for me.
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Pours mahogany with thick tan head. Aromas of raisins and brown sugar. Taste of oak, vanilla, toffee, dark fruits, and a sweet finish. Nice barley wine.