jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber at Jerry’s. Dark amber with whispy tan head / Big nose of coconut, oak, toffee, chocolate / Full body, sweet, slightly hot but with good balance and long finish / Flavors of semi-sweet chocolate, toffee, butterscotch, dark cherry, dates, coconut, hazelnuts, oak, and bourbon / Fantastic. Give it a year.
wedgie9 (1737) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Abacus 2011 Version
Tasted on 3/7/12 from a 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Sun Devil. Pours an opaque dark amber with a thin tan head that leaves thin, even lace. The nose is dominated by caramel, toffee, coconut, and vanilla bourbon, with tons of oak, and a touch of sweet, wet tobacco and unidentifiable fruits. The flavor is just the same, with the dark fruits and wet tobacco, moving to caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut, and oaky bourbon. The body is full and oily with just lighter than average carbonation and a long caramel, toffee, and oaky bourbon finish. At 13% alcohol, this beer is scary drinkable.
OmegaX (1144) - Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a nice brew, thanks to NorCalgrowler for this one. Aromas consist of a lot of vanilla, some brandy and bourbon, cherries, alcohol, light molasses. This one pours out a nice brown body with ruby accents and a khaki head. Sweet. Taste wise, this one is insanely appealing with loads of bourbon, caramel, molasses, butterscotch, dark fruits, and chocolate. A fine BA barley wine that everyone needs to try at least once! Cheers!!
Chipalsa (1298) - Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crrrazy brew thanks to OmegaX. It pours a nice ruby body, and a nice plush off-white head that is very appealing. Aromas of cherries, molasses, cocoa, bourbon and vanilla entice the senses - quite the complex scent. With a mouthful of caramel, chocolate, cherries and brown sugar, this brew is complex and intense as it warms up. Finishes with a hint of wood and bitter/dry hops, the palate is complete on this one. Yay.
suprchunk (1927) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mine says Abacus. It’s older. Very dark mahogany colored pour. Nice, medium-sized, khaki head that fades quickly and leaves just a bit of lacing. Huge peppery, woody aroma. Smells of bourbon, malt, dirt, and wood. Taste is big on pepper, vanilla, bourbon, malt. Smooth, sweet, with a slight alcohol presence on the back. Does not drink like 13%. Better watch out if you have more than a couple on hand. They are that smooth. Excellent beer.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is an absolutely exquisite barleywine. It has an understated bourbon and vanilla blend up front. There is a gradual transition into sweet chocolate & caramel malts with dark fruit spices coming out in the finish. The taste is amazingly clean, with no lingering sweetness or booziness; which is surprising because it has an abv of 12.0%
Camons (4837) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ Aarons place, Thanks. Pours dark brown with a small offwhite ring of foam along the glassides. Aroma is malty, caramel, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, dark fruit. Taste is full and very complax with malts, caramel, toffee, rich bourbon flavors, oak, vanilla, plums and other dark fruit. Full body, low carbonation, rich lasting sweet oaky bourbon finish. Fantastic. 020312
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber bottle. Nice dark pour with a thin head. Smooth delicious flavor. Sweet bitter cherry with some chocholet.
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2012 Poured from bottle to a snifter. Medium brown to golden amber in color. Almost no head- some creamy tan bubbles on the side of glass. Nose is lots of vanilla, alcohol with notes of sweet bourbon. Oily mouthfeel and surprisingly thin for my expectations. Initial taste is vanilla, dark toffee with hints of caramel. Again, lots of bourbony sweetness with a good alcohol burn. Long finish. A great and incredibly complex beer!
tgncc (2615) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful aroma of oak, vanilla, bourbon, fruit, molasses. The appearance is a cola brown, slightly translucent, thin light tan head. The flavor is oak, vanilla, chocolate, molasses. The finish is booze warming, sweet bourbon, pine needles. The booze is a little too much on the palate and in the flavor. Maybe a year of aging would really do wonders for this. Medium/thick in body. Beautiful.