Travlr (9954) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Depp and clear ruby color, small beige edge head. Aroma is boozy vanilla and pancake syrup. Taste is carbonated tawny port, whiskey, dark fruits. Very nice.
Dogbrick (6871) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer pours a hazy ruby-brown color with a medium beige head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of oaky vanilla, dark fruit and brown sugar. Rich body with flavors of chocolate malt, vanilla, booze-infused fruit and a little smoke. The finish is ripe fruits and dark chocolate. Good beer all around.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle pour. I really enjoyed this one. Dark amber color with a nice head. The sweetness goes well with the bourbon. Very smooth.
curly (2397) - Redmond, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber, small frothy tan head. Aroma of light bourbon, soy, molasses, leather, nutty toffee, rum soaked fruit, woody bitterness. Taste is mostly sweet with some woody earthy bitterness, light cola flavor and a light alcohol taste. Really silky texture, not much carbonation. One of those beers that has an aroma that is so good that I donít even want to drink it. This beer seriously reminds me of a really complex Belgian Quad like Rochefort 10 or a Belgian Strong like Pannepot without the Belgian yeast and with Bourbon barrel instead, The aroma is very complex and the flavor is very strong yet filled with nuance.
adnielsen (7602) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2012 2011 vintage. Bottle @ home, courtesy of foppa78 into my new Cigar City snifter, courtesy of markwise. Thanks guys! Very deep brown/ruby appearance with a tiny tan head that dissipates in no time. Really a nice, smooth, tobacco, fig, plum, caramel-toffee malty, somewhat sweet aroma thatís exquisite. Tobacco, date, plum, fig, dark fruity, moderate toffee, lighter caramel, fairly malty, bourbon, somewhat woody flavor. Dark fruity, cherry, plum, toffee aftertaste. No hint of the 13% booze- are you kidding me??? In a way, it kind of reminds me of HOTD Matt in its complexity. Simply unbelievable.
2012 vintage. Bottle @ home. Last time around I was blown away by this baby, so Iím really looking forward to trying it again. Dark reddish brown appearance with a brown head without much lasting power. Thereís initially some notes of booze in the nose which isnít all that unpleasant. Besides that, rich toffee, thick caramel malts, vanilla, oak, mild to moderate bourbon, and dark fruits (fig, plum) are also noticeable in the aroma. Creamy, nutty, rich caramel/chocolate malty flavor initially that is like tasting a liquid turtle chocolate candy. More vanilla, oak, and bourbon towards the back of the mouth and despite the overall sweetness of the beer, itís balanced incredibly well. Thereís also notes of tobacco, fig, and vanilla with a warming, dessert-like finish. Simply unbelievable. Easily one of the five best beers Iíve ever had.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at pap. 3/18/11
Tastes like bs,oak and medicine pills.
Dark auburn-ish porter brown. No head.
A= wood, near burnt caramel, barrel spices, florals, floral alcohol,
F= the same plus very noticable alcohol, toasted nuts, chocolate, malt, berry like fruityness, vanilla. Very mild bitterness on the finish.
Lighter feeling than expected but still a bit oily... 7.5/4/7/3/15... tastes like ba bw
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Dark brown, ruby highlights, thin sheet of off white head.
S - Brown sugar, raisins, and alcohol.
T - Molasses, vanilla, figs, leather, and alcohol.
M - Creamy carb and dry, with a warming sensation.
O - A slight let down. The nose is pretty one dimensional, and the alcohol is detected pretty easily. Definitely not the best BA English Barleywine, but pretty good.
changeup45 (1670) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours a dark mahogany color with a thin bubbly head that quickly gets shoved to the sides. Thereís still some thin spotty lacing that slides along the sides of the glass after each sip. Mostly bourbon, caramel, and plum in the aroma but also notes of leather, tobacco, and licorice. Sweet and smooth going down with quite a bit of caramel and toffee malt flavor to go with oak barrel notes. Thereís certainly a lot of controlled bourbon boozy flavors here providing plenty of warmth. Tobacco, cherry, and vanilla integrate nicely. The carbonation seems about right. A gentle alcohol sting sits on the back of the tongue but this drinks probably about as smooth as 13% can. Nice stuff, one to be enjoyed slowly, very good.
onceblind (3194) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2011. Clear almost ruby nutty brown, no head. Nose of bourbon and oak, along with vanilla extract, dark ripe fruit, earthy toffee malt. Drinks like an oak aged port, with soft plum and raisin tones, with nice medium booziness, with a warmth on the finish. Huge palate coating body. Has some burnt dark malt tones to it, with a touch of tobacco, big toffee malts, lots of dark fruits, and oak. Big all around.
fonefan (31822) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark red brown colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, tobacco, laberlaver, alcohol, sweet tobacco, ripped dried fruit. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Lovely ;O) Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.