Dunt (301) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks for being this Ethan! Have only had a small sip of this in passing at Dark Lord Day. Pours a ruddy brown in color, with a small off-white head. Nose smells slightly oxidized, but has a bunch of caramel, oak, vanilla, raisin, bourbon, and some light booze. Flavor is incredibly balanced and smooth, with a lot of the same themes as the nose. Specifically, caramel, vanilla, raisin, and bourbon. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, almost silky, nonexistent booziness, light carbonation...solid. Very good barleywine, think I might prefer this to M actually. Very happy to have a chance to try this again.
fletchfighters (1285) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ML bottle
Dark mahogany color. Great ruby hues. Very clear until end. no head just a ring of lacing.
Nose is dark fruits, caramel, soft wood, soft bourbon notes, vanilla and coconut develop later after opened.
Taste is very bourbon forward. Must have been a beast younger. Lots of bourbon and notes of barrel. Swear it must have been with spirit as lots of caramel, vanilla and coconut. A lot of booze for the age. Bordering on spirit or port like as just very well balanced body to get that much barrel and to still get dark fruits and roasted malt.
Body is slightly sweet and spirit like. Has held up extremely well for the age.
Can see why this is considered a whale. Forerunner to the massive BA beasts of now. Probably way ahead of its time. Pleasure to drink
djd07 (6485) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Blind rating thanks to Brad as bottle was wrapped in foil. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong caramel, dark fruit, molasses, toffee, wood, bourbon. Medium mouth, similar flavors to nose, very boozy, held up well, shocked when I saw what the bottle was, thank you for this rare treat.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Holy shit. Thanks, Anthony. Dark ass brown pour, almost black with barely any head, tiny beige collar. Aroma is huge, super thick. Caramel coated raisins, molasses, sweet toffee, vanilla, dense brown sugar, prune, & a strong oak underbody. Almost not oxidation but a strong bourbon aroma still lives. Flavor follows through with a huge river of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, thick wood, vanilla, cocoa dust, & more dark fruit in the finish. Booze flows from beginning to end. Awesome stuff.
Dfonorow (1738) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle cellared since 2009. Pour is hazy brown/red with a thin tan head. Aroma of sticky caramel, dark fruit, raisins, burnt caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Flavor is similar with some added alcohol warmth and slight hop presence. Medium body and carbonation.
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
65cl, retired exclusive American brew, thx alot to Dirk for sharing this rarity!, very complex brew, woody/alcoholic/sweet and slightly malty/fruity, yet not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet not worth all the hype!, ’Sadly some signs of oxidation...’
50belair (3031) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Brown pour with an off white head. Caramel and bourbon bouquet. Big bourbon, tasty caramels, oak, and vanilla notes. Mild dark fruit low lights. Not overly sweet but with depth. Good body with a fabulous mouthfeel. What a treat. Big tip of the cap to my friend in Southern Cali....
biggsbowler (568) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle big thanks to 50belair for this gem. Pours a dark amber. The nose is oak, vanilla, bourbon, malt, and sweetness. The taste is very smooth, quite delicious. It’s damn sweet but still very good. A little booze but nothing overpowering. Damn good!!!
Lothore (597) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A- Pours a ruddy brown hue with a thin, light brown head that sticks around for quite a while.
S- Smell is intoxicating. Lots of dark fruit, raisin, oak, residual sweetness, caramel, brown sugar.
T- Taste is very oaky, dark fruits as in the nose rounded out by a huge brown sugar presence and a small hop bite. Hints of prickly well masked alcohol push through a little and round it out perfectly. Absolutely phenomenal.
M- Thick with medium carbonation.
D- This is VERY similar to another favorite of mine Central Waters BBBW. The deep fruit, oak and bourbon notes all come together so well.
gEUS (1540) - Linden, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 660 ml bottle - kindly shared by Kraddel - thank you man! Very sweet aroma, subtle bourbon, oak, vanilla, cinnamon. Medium body with full round taste, slight sour notes. Taste is harsch bourbon with sweet raisins.
Re-rated after a tasting at Jeffo’s place. Compared to the Flossmoor Hi-Fi Rye 2010 and the Fireside Chat, I reviewed this one to 3.2 and lowered it with 0.3
kraddel (4768) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
thnx to mlefevre ! epic trade !!!
Pours dark brown , very small white foam .
Smells sweet , barleywine , not too much of the barrel
Taste is a very complex mixture of sweetness ( barleywine ) and oak , bourbon , very balanced .
but given its EXTREME status and being this expensive .... i dont know