eddy5335 (45) - Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 Bottle. Aroma: Vanilla, caramel, toffee, bourbon, oak, coconut, and dark fruits. Taste: Just awesome! Pretty much follows the nose really well. Right up from vanilla, bourbon, toffee, and caramel. The malts round it off very nicely. Overall: Superb barrel aged barley wine, like all Firestone Walker barrel aged beers, just awesome! The 12.5%abv is masked so well, there is a little heat, but not nearly as much as I thought there would be.
rickyleepotts (100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am new to this offering, and was excited to try it. I found it at Whole Foods in Scottsdale on tap. I asked for a sample, and was VERY disappointed. Then I grabbed two bottles at Whole Foods, and waited a few days to try it. It is much better in the bottle, but still nothing to write home about. I am picky when it comes to barleywines... and this one just didnít impress me. I will hold to the second bottle for a few years and see if that helps. But I wonít be buying this offering again.
stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep garnet red brown pour with a fast disipating light tan head. Nose is big on the wood notes; vanilla, toffee, bourbon. Taste is malty into sweet lingering caramel with light vanilla notes on the sides of the tongue with a long finish. Solid, but I seem to get a green pepper taste from this.
ccex (1170) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW! Pours a clear dark brown with some red color. Moderate beige head and some lacing. Aroma is complex with lots of oak, bourbon, and vanilla, but also some dark cherries, figs, tobacco, and lots of coconut in the finish. Taste is sweet,as is the finish,but bereft of anything off, cloying, or foul in the aftertaste, Body is full with a sticky/creamy mouthfeel and thankfully not too much carbonation. This one is a sipper for sure and the best barleywine Iíve tried to date, barrel aged or otherwise. Itís also as enjoyable as the best bourbon Iíve tried. Expensive, but worth it.
Ataraxia (450) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark, translucent brown with a thin, off-white head. Sticky aroma of caramel and brown sugar, figs and raisins, vanilla, bourbon, charred oak, and malt. Smooth, full-bodied, a touch of creaminess, and a nice boozy, lightly bitter finish.
IrsLuver (29) - Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013 Overwhelming smell of bourbon and oak. Tastes as it smells. Strong taste of bourbon and oak with a slight coconut aftertaste. Exceptional mouthfeel.very smooth. Great barley wine, second or third best barley wine Ive had yet. I know they are different styles but it kind of reminds me of an oak aged arrogant bastard.
Bricks (905) - Delaware, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost black, with a reddish hue, foamy slightly off white head. Smells like oak and alcohol, almost like a menís outdoorsy cologne. Tastes like bourbon beer with coconut. Strong kick of alcohol, but expected. Very good. Unique.
CWoodsKilla (36) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful dark ruby red pour with a soda-like fizzy brownish head that dissipates very quickly. The aroma is so complex that I just want to keep sniffing it over and over. Bourbon, vanilla, plums, coffee, cherries, caramel, and plenty of alcohol. The flavor is just as it smells, very sweet and extremely smooth. You definitely notice the alcohol present though. I get a lot more of the bourbon lingering on the palate with a hint of vanilla. This is a very bold yet subtle beer. There are a lot of very strong flavors present, but none seems to override the others. I would recommend picking this up as often as you can find it. This is a special beer
CHUDNW (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This §hit is §erious. Pours deep dark ruby with an ample tan head that quickly peters off. On the nose: vanilla, bourbon, plum, brown sugar, booze. On the tongue much of the same, plus dark chocolate, cherries, wood/tannin action, tobacco. Great effervescent mouthfeel and boozy burn on the backend. Damn.
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MightyHef (19) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This barleywine sets the standard for me. Complex in itís taste, I get chocalte, some light vanilla from the oak and a mixed body of tobacco and cherry. A balanced bold finish leave sme wanting another sip.