jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle as Abacus, this is a big sweet thick syrupy beer, tons of vanilla and cherry, like cherries jubilee to me, but thick.. i mean that is the thing i’ll always remember, and the 13.5% wow.
whicheck (81) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a clear red brown. Smell is very nice. You can smell the barrels yet its nice and sweet. Carbonate is nice with a caramel. Very clean on the palate for the abv. Nice surprise. Personaly the best barley wine I have tasted so far and I’m not a huge fan of the wine.. but this was very good.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 2013 fresh
A: Deep, dark, dank murky ruby/mahogany with a beige barrel-aged head - big bubbles, spotty lacing, great retention
S: Incredible. Huge vanilla, coconut, caramel. Lots of wood, tobacco and leather earthy notes. So incredibly rich.
T: Huge, hits you in waves. Big caramel, dark fruit; oak, bourbon; vanilla coconut. As it warms the caramel increases and chocolate presents itself
P: Incredibly smooth, slightly chewy. Does not at all feel like a 12.5 beer - medium to full in body. Complements everything else
O: Really incredible
PotjeBier (2621) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle (Abacus from 2011), from a trade with richiesd, huge thanks! Deep brown color, clear. Off white head (not much, little retention). Wonderful blend of aroma’s: bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, sweet red fruit, sticky toffee, alcohol (retronasal). Flavor is medium sweet, toffee, fruitcake. Alcoholfeel is quite strong. Body is medium. Still quite enough carbonation. Long finish, a little bit boozy, oak, toffee. Wonderful stuff.
Thisis12ptfont (1100) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of oak, maple, brown sugar and yeast. Deep, murky brown color with almost no foam. Strong burnt caramel, burnt sugar, toasted oak, maple and roasted cocoa characteristics. Finish leaves a big boozey burn with thick notes of dark fruits and syrupy molasses. Overall, sipping beer indeed. Very well rounded with assertively complex flavors and heavy alcohol on the finish. I like it, it’s really strong and well done.
ajax25g (70) - Washington DC, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Uber. Dark hazy brown appearance with head that quickly disappears. Nose hits you with a bunch of oaky bourbonness, dark fruits, especially overripe cherries, and bitter chocolate. Low carb, kinda wish there was a bit more. Full bodied. Taste us much like the nose. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. A little vanilla in there with some port. Yummy stuff.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle shared by biegaman with me and blankboy. Botlle is "Abacus - 2011" ... Murky reddish-brown, minimal off-white bubbly head. Some bourbon, nutty and fruity and boozy and lots going on - fruity, almost sweet. Taste follows, even sweeter, some mocha notes. Thick, mild carbonation, quick-ish finish, a bit boozy - really nice. Smooth.
srobi003 (58) - odenton, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma: massive oak, vanilla, bourbon .notes. also getting a dark fruit note. Appearance: reddish-brown, 1/2 finger off-white head. No lacing and a massive amount of alcohol legs. Taste: Wow!!! Sweet but not too sweet. Not a lot of bitterness. This is the smoothest beer I ever had. Overall: The best barleywine I ever had. The best beer I’ve had period. The only reason this is not a 5.0 score is wish it was in a 12 ounce bottle. This will creep up on you, definitely a sipper.
bbbeer (706) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep ruby brown, small tan head. Aroma brown sugar, malt, dark fruit, chocolate. Full body. Alcohol is present but not dominant. Sweet bourbon like flavors. Dates, wood, roasted nuts, coffee, vanilla as well. Quite complex. Great beer.
Camwip (1) - - FEB 1, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong Dark Cherry notes, with a sweet bite that balances out the high alcohol notes. Very unique and full flavored Barley Wine.
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