ccex (1199) - 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 (499) - 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 (989) - 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.
oRos (1560) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from capitol beer. Pours ruby red. With white head. Aroma is sweet taste is sweet and lots of Brown sugar.
wchesser (1915) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Hops and Pie. Hot nose of coconut, oak, and vanilla. Full bodied, but thinned by the alcohol, sweet with some wood and a hot finish. This is young and fresh, but it was a disappointment-I think it needs to come together with some time. Terrific, rich toffee burst in the aftertaste long after you think itís done. I have some í11 Iíve been laying down. Will need to revisit one of those in about a year and take some more time with it.
MattBD (11) - - FEB 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tap. Pours thickly bubbled but resolves into a thick head that dissipates midway through the 7oz pour. Warm maple syrup and date aroma, burnt Caramel too. Initially tastes like a quad, finishes with creamy chocolate flavor. Perfect carbonation. Phenomenal representative of this style.
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