topherh (1924) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is big caramel, vanilla, boozy. Flavor is much the same with a good bit of earthy oak.
BucannonXC5 (1436) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glass: 0.25l tulip
From: Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights (San Diego, Calif.)
Purchased: March 31, 2013
Consumed: March 31, 2013
Poured a black amber color with three fingers of khaki cream head. Nice amount of thick, sporadic, foamy lacing on the sides. Good retention all the way down.
Smelled sweet, red wine, bourbon, sour cherries, caramel, light vanilla and light smoky tobacco.
Tasted so smooth out of the gate as the alcohol is well hidden. Got sour cherries, vanilla and not as much bourbon as the nose. Some oak and toffee. Tasted a bit like warm Cherry Coke. Light smokiness.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Soft (below average) carbonation. Warming, smooth finish.
Wow! I finally got to try this and it didnít disappoint. Smooth and flavorful all the way down. Would love to get my hands on this again.
chris__hartley (408) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours opaque mahogany with plum highlights on the edges; the head is off-white and foamy. The aroma has notes of: prunes, dates, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and tobacco. The taste is medium sweet that finishes medium bitter; there are notes of: prunes, dates, tobacco, burnt sugar, and alcohol. The palate is full-bodied, thick, sticky, has light carbonation, and a long bitter finish. Overall, itís a fierce and rough barley wine - but so flavourful.
DocJitsu (1714) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a cloudy, dark red brown with a root beer head, which attenuates quickly. Oak bourbon, toffee, and coconut aroma. Silky, creamy mouthfeel and just a flood of magnificent flavor. Alternating chocolate, toffee, and coconut with overarching bourbon. Finishes with a little alcohol warmth, but itís not unappealing. This is a pricy beer, but it is worth it to try
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, mostly clear ruby red, that thins out to an almond brown, with a finger or two of lasting, khaki head. Lacing is soapy, and quite lasting. Nose is of rich caramel, lightly toasted coconut, and a faint note of sweet pipe tobacco. Taste starts with buttery toffee, and caramel, before opening up into butterscotch, Brazil-nut, and syrupy malts. Touch of bitter chocolate, and oak tannins, with lingering vanilla sweetness on the finish. The body is comparatively full to most barley-wines, as is the carbonation. Putting a bottle in my cellar for an updated review later this year!
DesertDevil (685) - Arizona, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2013 On tap at the Hungry Monk. A clear dark burgundy color with hardly any head. Huge boozy, bourbon aroma with dark cherries and oak. Beautiful smooth bourbon and heavy malt combine for a divine flavor. The oak is present in the background along sweet dark fruit and a hint of spicy clove and tobacco. Velvet smooth texture, and slight astringent tang but with sweet, short finish. Still one of my favorite barleywines.
reggiedunlop (3669) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very nice ruby color with a medium tan head. Aroma has candied fruits and vanilla...nice oak...not sweet. Flavor has wonderful candied fruit, great oak and vanilla...earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is oaky/fruity/earthy and bitter...warms beautifully.
Caterwaul (51) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2013 2012 bottle shared with Pixachii. Pours a dark copper with red highlights. Tiny bubbles. Small head. Recedes quickly into a little ring. Smells toasty. Spicy and sweet, like graham crackers. Caramel, honey, a little chocolate, booze, vanilla, booze, and booze. Tastes sweet and creamy with loads of vanilla notes. This tastes spicier to me than I remembered it. Very warming. Tasty stuff.
halfonit (1326) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Battleship. Pours a deep amber color. Aroma is full of oak, vanilla, some bourbon and malts. Full bodied palate. Flavor is smooth for 13% abv. Thereís malts, bourbon, oak and a little booziness. Leaves an oaked bourbon finish. Impressive.
mnmike (1084) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pour. This one smells great - very goose island BCBS-like. Carbonation wasnít perfect and the head bubbles were inconsistent.