MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, - APR 5, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2007 version. Aroma is first bewildering to me, it is very lightly sour with notes of wood, whiskey and vanilla. And there would be many other ways to describe it, let’s just say that it is beautiful. The taste is sweet and the oak agedness is present in a perfect way, playing in the background, not too rough but balsy enough to make you take note. Lovely full body and soft carbonation brings it on home to me. This beer is like Sam Cooke’s voice, as perfect as it can get.
RussianDragon (293) - - JUL 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled vertical: 2008 vintage is 375 ml, 2009 vintage is 750 ml. Pours a translucent dark brown/caramel color, nearly still (after head quickly faded). Aroma is dark fruit and booze, with notes of plums, dark cherries and prune. Flavor is malty, sweet caramel, and dark fruit with overall delicious sour tang. A slight port complexity. From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord tasting)
BMMillsy (1255) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver. Pours pitch black and inky with no head whatsoever. Aroma is sweet brandy and some light anise, molasses, more sweet sugar. Flavor follows with thick brandy and molasses flavors, some light oakiness, burnt caramel, very sweet. Nearly no carbonation in this one, and on the sweet side which cuts through the thickness and puts things a bit on the cloying side. Big bodied though. I definitely liked the bourbon version better than this one, but would be nice on a winter day.
rafael_costa (3) - - JUN 30, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Barleywine is amazing. Slightly toasted, with oak, Vanilla, toffee and bodied. I drink This Beer at Lost Abbey and was a unique experiente.
tcane7 (1651) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
’10 brandy barrel draft from Alla Spina. Pours a murky maroon with no head. Aroma of sherry, cardboard, chocolate, tootsie roll, butterscotch. Definitely infected but delicious. Nice tartness. Chocolate, red grape, sherry
BlackHaddock (3480) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On my third and final flight at Stones Liberty Station outlet in San Diego on 17th March 2014. Came black with a thinning tanned head. Rich and deep malty molasses rule the nose and taste, this is one heavy brew with plenty going on to occupy your senses. A great send off from a lovely setting, slow walk back to the hotel took a bit longer because of this beer!
Danyel (574) - Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is strong vanilla, bourbon, sweet molasses, extremely complex. Taste is exceptional!! Great bourbon flavors, smoooooth, rich, absolutely Delish!!!! Damn, this is great!
Salmoniform (459) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from tap to glass. Dark hue with off white head . Huge aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, molasses, toffee, soy, prunes, leather, tobacco. Mouthfeel is fantastic with full body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with woody tannins in the following and ethanol finish. Overall...wow!
maley1 (727) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with reddish tinge and no head whatsoever. Aroma of malts, caramel, raisins, toffee and vanilla. Taste of caramel malts, prunes, figs, toffee, vanilla and slight oak barrels. Slightly fruity. Full bodied, no carbonation. Very tasty beer, a little carbonation would have upped the score, felt like I was drinking a beer I had left on the counter overnight!
SlackerMads (1419) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2009 edition. Pours dark brown with no head. Tobacco sauce, wood, dark raisins, molasses, leather, caramel, prunes. Full body, heavy sweet with some bitterness, acidity, tannins and alcohol to challenge it. Heavy, I find this a bit more rough than the bourbon version, and here is another cognac barrel that doesn’t really win me. I miss the sweet backbone that the bourbon has, this ends a bit raw and boozy.
AWISLguy (1163) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml corked bottle from ??? (not sure - somewhere in CHI), labelled as "bourbon 2013", and cellar aged 10 months. Served at cellar temperature into my New Holland tulip. Pours a darker-than-cola color with an off-whte head leaving nice streaks of lace. Aroma has pure bourbony vanilla. On further inspection, chocolate and nuts and caramel show up. Lovely bourbon-heavy, though. Taste is of sweet vanilla, caramel, chocolate, some dark fruit, nuts ... and more sweet vanilla bourbon. Some alcohol presence, but super smooooooth. Medium bodied. Finishes mostly sweet - even a bit cloying. Different than most barleys; love the bourbon presence with the chocolate/caramel. Excellent brew!