brigg (509) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(22oz bottle) The aroma really jumps out at you as soon as you open the bottle: dark fruit (raisin, black cherry), alcohol, bourbon, wood, floral notes, caramel malt; the barley wine character is evident. Dark brown, almost black body, thin light brown head. Flavor is sweet with fruity and floral notes underneath the medium-roast caramel flavor, wood, and bourbon. Overall very sweet, but the hops peak through just a bit; some hints of sourness, too. Alcohol is strong and warm. Body oddly feels medium at first but seem to fill out as it moves back and sits in your mount; full bodied overall. Soft carbonation feel. Really love this.
ICEatALAMO (926) - Troy, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The pour is a a nice dark carmel color with no head. The aroma has a nice subtle bourbon, with dark fruits. The taste is smooth. My guess is the heat has mellowed and is just perfect now. Very tasty.
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BVery (6128) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber shared with my brother. Deep mahogany / cola pour. Smaller ring head. This is amazing. Lots of barley wine character. Lots of barrel aged character. Rich. Dark fruit. Killer beer!
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle RBAG 2014 prelim, as part of a vertical from XIII to XVI. This was the lightest of the bunch in terms of colour-- reddish brown, quite clear. Similar vinous profile, plummy chocolate, toasty toffee, but less rounded than the earlier ones.
Ron (2502) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at MacGregor’s. Pours clear brown with no real head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, raisins, malt, prunes. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter, very well balanced, with more bitterness coming out in the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
Palme (3311) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Ginger Man NYC. A deep deep dark ruby brown one with a small sidesticking light beige top. The nose is lovely dark and berry infused, not to extreme really, contains of mostly thick sweet malty goodness with concentrated figs and dates, dark fudge and some woody traces in the back. Yeah, you just gotta love it. About average on the carbonation level and the mouthfeel is light sticky and oily. Strong kinda boozy flavors. Not as boozy as the Nr.14 but still. Burned sugar, caramel, dark fruits and a little bit of salty lovely gunpowder and licorice in the finish. Drymouthing aftertaste. It’s undoudebly a lovely creation. 19.06.2013
Stuu666 (2160) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s tasting. Pours brown, sweet toffee, berry fruits, dry finish.
50belair (2218) - Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Murky brown pour with a off white head. Big barrel and bourbon bouquet. Somewhat sweet with rich caramel and brown sugar notes up front that lead to the vanilla and oak. The finish is slightly bitter with boozy characteristics. Not so much smooth bourbon, maybe more cheap whiskey and cola. Good mouthfeel and body.
KyotoLefty (6334) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Nose of bourbon, caramel, chocolate, vanilla. Flavor of raisins, vanilla, caramel and toffee. Very smooth. Very nice but a bit unsurprising.
maekchu (2093) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Mild bourbon nose, with rich dark fruit and some serious fumes. Light translucent brown. Tingling alcohol hits the tongue right away, ripe dark fruit, dark sugar, melds into a light but hot fruit sweetness. Medium-heavy body, with a bit of sharp alc. burn. Good, very complex, and tasty. A bit too hot.
zimbo (553) - SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown colour. Fair bit of acitone on the nose with some sweetness. Blueberry nose with a hard acidic and berry end on the tongue. Such a very busy brew which just dilutes into a light volatile banana clashing spirity mess.