arnold931 (1196) - Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 bottle. Pours ruby colored with no head. Nose is dark fruit, coconut, bourbon. Taste adds caramel and toffee. Boozy.
elbernays (1140) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 30, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared from Blackrock cellar. Pours strong tea brown. Butterscotch, wethers original, oak, wood, toffee, molasses, sugar, whiskey and tea. Flavour is butterscotch, rum, tannin, grainy brown sugar. Smooth mouthfeel, liquid sugar. Abv is managed well. Oh to have more.
mariuspoenari (1103) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2016 2015 vintage, 13.3% ABV.
Very dark ruby-brown pour with a modest head that gives way to a thin tan head. Smells of bourbon, caramel and a bit of barrel sourness., followed by more delicate notes of chocolate, raisins and cocoa, and some macerated cherries too - very complex smell. The taste is dominated by bourbon and caramel and well balanced by hop bitterness. The alcohol is quite present in the taste, but in a pleasant way. Hot aftertaste due to the alcohol. Soft mouthfeel, medium body. It would have been a bit better if it were thicker.
Klimaet (1406) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at pre-CBC 2015 tasting by Valgreen. Rated from memory... lol. Pours dark reddish brown with a medium offwhite head. Aroma has lots of vanilla, dark dried fruits, lots of dates, raisins, bourbon, caramel, fudge. Taste is fruity, bourbon, vanilla, malty, caramel, chocolate.
mstrcrwly (912) - New York, USA - DEC 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle poured into a snifter..chestnut hue with a thin beige head..aroma
of bourbon,toffee,caramel,wood,dark fruits..tastes of bourbon,toffee,leather,
wood,raisins,vanilla..big and boozy..not as good as i expected but still very good..will have to crack open my ’15 for comparison.
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pretty damn nice. Similar to Bourbon County Barleywine. Nice mellow flavors, caramel, toasted coconut, milk chocolate... Good shit.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Countbeer (5917) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber: 2014 Vintage: Served in a taster:
Thin creamy layer of foam. Deep dark clear amber colored body.
Aroma is beautiful! Bourbon, caramel, fudge, raisin, vinous, some brown sugars, prunes, pudding, butterscotch, cookies, thick and rich! Beautiful!
Flavour has lots of wood and malt tones with caramel, fudge, bourbon, butterscotch, light nutty and alcoholic spice/cough syrup! Delicious!
Aftertaste is bitter, wood, light dry, bourbon, caramel and fudge...
Low carbo, creamy close to silky (light spicy) mouthfeel, full body.
RRistow12 (609) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours a dark beige with khaki head. Aroma is full of dark fruit, caramel, licorice, a little nutty. Taste...this beer is big! Very complex. So much going on it hard to describe. Moderate to heavily sweet. Flavors of raisin, plums, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, toffee, biscuits, maple syrup, bourbon. Overall an incredible barley wine.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
furthur (759) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - NOV 1, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Finally getting around to this, seems fitting. Bottle, deep brown beer skiff of almond colored foam, decent lace. Aroma raisin, vanilla, sweet cherries, cookies, milk chocolate, almonds, licorice. Taste is vanilla cream, yeah, ice cream, and bourbon, cookies, anise, oak, almonds, pretty sweet, but big vanilla, balanced by that almond and dark fruit and a hint of roastyness, Palate is rich and thick, carb subdued. This is not my style, but wow, this really is amazing! Pairing this with a cured goat cheese...just stop it! Really, how can I raise my rating?! But I must! Wow!
GlasgowTAD (1212) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 25, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep red with a slight light-brown head which soon recedes. Aroma is caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla and slight bourbon. Taste is sweet caramel, toffee, malts, slight bitter cocoa, sweet coconut and some moderately tart red berry. Full bodied.