trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown pour with a short but thick tan head. Strong bourbon nose is reflected in the flavor. Oak, malt, some smoke is also present. Big alcohol warmth in the finish. Really enjoyable, maybe I’ll try to cellar it.
mjg74 (2490) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2007 Bottle from BevMo. Pours a very deep ruby color. Aroma is a vinous oaky smokey sort of thing. A hint of BBQ and alcohol as well. Flavor right up front is of alcohol, whiskey and cabernet. Strong woody flavors thoughout. Some roasted maltiness and some hoppy bitterness hiding out somewhere behind the oak. Finish is more wood alongwith some notes of alcohol. Overall I would say that this is an interesting brew and worth a shot.
SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark and rich brown/black color with a thin devolpment of head on top. The smell is very barleywine like with a huge presence of the barrel wood added. Flavor is sweet and a little tart with things like figs, chocolate and cigar tobacco. Alcohol is very strong and makes its presence but is overall smooth with the rich creamy texture given. Big 10th anniversary ale that made an impression for sure.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 10, 2006
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bought this 22oz bottle at Bevmo.
It poured cola colored with very little carbonation. The flavor started out like dried fruit: plums, figs and I’m not sure what else and finished very dry and sour on the tongue. The aroma was earthy. All in all, I was unfortunately disappointed.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is warm dark ruby brown with almost no head....smell is all over the place, but in a good way...smoke, wood, bread, chocolate, sherry, prunes, funk...wonderful aroma....taste was way out of whack...too much...tasted just like th earoma and nothing blended together at all...all over the place....
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 9, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 (BOTTLED ON OCT. 25TH 2006)after much searching i finally found a few bottles of this.poured my snifter 3/4 full and witnessed a dark brown body with red highlights.a small light brown head surfaced and left nice lacing with the tip of the glass.the first whiff gave me a wonderful mix of chocolate,coffee,molasses,brandy,bourbon,dark fruits,sherry,and pine hops.the first sip put me in total shock!so many different flavors greeted my tounge it was hard to keep up.cherries,chocolate,molasses,bourbon,brandy,dark fruit,cocoa,alcohol,pine hops.....it just keeps going.its pretty hot but i bet 6 months and this thing was be perfect.im glad i have two more bottles to hold onto cuz this is a truley classic beer.(RE-RATE ON 4-09-2008)same color body with no head.the alcohol heat in the nose has mellowed substantially.i grab everything i got in the nose from the first few bottles i had,although everything is more melted together.the flavors have done much of the same honestly.in fact right now its drinking a lot like a port wine.id say htis is in its prime right now.
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a small tan head. Chocolate, oak, sherry aroma with some alcohol. Chocolate, slight roast, some fig flavor with noticable alcohol and slight backing grapefruit. Complex and big alcohol. Big lingering chocolate roast that lasts until finally fading to some grapefruit. One sip you get grapefruit, the other chocolate. A lot going on and right now there’s a little too much competition for your attention with all the flavors.
Bartzilla (532) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Back Alley Strong Ale Fest #1. Wow. Awesome. Reminds me of the Angel’s Share, just not as "blended" in the end result. You can definitely taste the bourbon barrels. Absolutely the best I’ve had from them and I don’t see how they’ll top it.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Super nice barleywine here. Im actually quite shocked at the ratings. This is nearly identical to Lost Abbey’s The Angels Share. It’s a little hot, moreso than the angels share, but still, I cant help but make the comparisons. Really nice barleywine with lots of oak, bourbon, vanilla, fruit and spices going on. VERY nice.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle – coffee brown hue – nice off white head, small bubbles lingering – nose molasses , mocha , malt , vanilla , bourbon , oak , and assorted dried candied fruit (like in fruit cake) – taste coffee , coco , vanilla bean , bourbon , creamy milk , chocolate , malt , and molasses – smooth creamy palate - aftertaste cappuccino , and coffee dark roast