writerljberg (650) - Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. 2011 vintage.
A: Red raspberry with brown hints. Very thin lacing. Grips the glass.
N: Tons of caramel and oak. Lots of toffee. Smoothly sweet like caramel being layered in a commercial. Smells like a fresh coffee cake with specks of brown sugar.
T: Very well blended. Has a distinct oakiness that lends peppercorn and vanilla. Caramel and toffee flavors are subtle. Raisins and licorice bitterness. There’s a pronounced hop presence/some pineapple. Could use a little more sweetness, IMO, but I can’t really knock the execution, either.
M: thinner than I might like, but it keeps the beer from being a choking hazard. Alcohol is really well hidden.
O: One of the best barleywines out there. Strong execution all around, and highly recommended. So smooth and complex.
gyllenbock (4427) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Eddan.
Hazy brownish/orange with a medium head. Sweet with caramel, some warming alcohol, port wine and malt. A nice one to sip.
SirLimpsalot (2067) - SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
@Basunen: ganska trevlig söt doft vs fat. Smak är mycket trevlig med söta och heta toner. Ganska gott.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
---- Soberness not garanteed!
maxwelldeux (3496) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Pours a cloudy brown color with a smallish off white head on there. Nose has a lot of caramel and seems moderately boozy. Taste is a little sweet and the caramel is definitely there, as is some booze. Nice and smooth, though.
daleharshman (884) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bomber shared by my buddy Shem from his recently acquired stash of excellent aged beers. Pours a lovely garnet hue with only a thin layer of tan foam. Lovely AROMA of significant whiskey (rich not boozy), brown sugar, port wine, and candied cherry. The excellent FLAVOR has big caramel/toffee, vanilla, pipe tobacco, dark honey, port, molasses, and some candied dark fruit. Mildly sweet but far from cloying. Actually finishes quite smooth for being 13.4%. Delicious and supremely executed. (478, 875)
NeoHippie2 (931) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle. Dark copper pour with a tan head. Aroma is of oak, raisins, dates, brown sugar, and bourbon. Flavor is big sweet candied dark fruits, oak, and molasses. Slightly warming finish from the abv but not overpowering. Tasty.
ericdevin (669) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at The Bier Stein, Eugene. Pours a medium brown, decent amount of tan head. Aroma Bourbon with a slightly nutty character, some sweetness, caramel. Body rich, full, boozy, finish way too much. Yikes! Maybe hotter than anything else I’ve had. Should’ve sat on this longer, brewery.
mfp13jr (148) - Glenville, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Boozy alcohol in the nose. Pours an oily liquid amber with small head. Goes down with warm alcohol and brandy
jandd1983 (2505) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at DLD 2014. It poured an almost black color with a small tan head. The aroma was of malt, caramel, vanilla, fruit and bourbon. The taste was of roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, vanilla and bourbon.
furthur (140) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy dark amber, no head. Aroma raisin, molasses. Flavor strong raisin, dried plum, caramel, vanilla. Body rich, sweet, subdued carbonation. Finish sweet, body rich, carbo subdued.
fitwitchik (250) - USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 bomber poured into a snifter @ 50 degrees a almost black with a thin head that disappeared quickly.
Aroma is rich. Licorice, coffee, dark fruit some booze.
Flavor is a syrup thick with malts. Picking up some chocolate here & plenty of cherry prune with some bourbon. Noticed the lack of "in your face" booziness. A brewer that makes a high ABV without immediate slap it in your face has my respect.
On the palate is pretty much perfect for an English style. Sweet, subtle & so good.
Definitely in my top 5 of barleywine which include Sucaba & Abacabus.