Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2012 vintage. Dark brown pour with ruby tinges and a gentle, mostly fading beige foam. Deep, sugary, very fruity and rich nose where an intense fig perfume comes across as jammy to the max and holding nutty, earthy, highly toasty nuances. In mouth, the first thing to hit me is that despite the focused fruit in the aroma, there is very little acidity at play here. Synchronously, there is very little bitterness involved. It makes for a beer that is certainly rich, but tiresome in its intense vanilla-laden sugaryness that does not convey quite the humongous depth these very sweet beers need to be successful on my palate. Were it veering more towards a sourish vinous character, Iíd dig as itís full palate and self-assuming soft carbonation are spotless. At the same time, while itís a 12.5% offering, I should not expect a subtle alcohol presence I guess, but here, it is fairly invasive, accentuating the caramelly angles with a blast of heat, one that becomes more and more apparent as the beer warms up. Plenty of dried fruit sugars in the finish, one that lasts and keeps warming up. Well... it sure got some merits and that brewer generally has one of the most trustworthy names in the business, but an average above 4 when there are so little of those strikes me as surprising.
Niko100 (2387) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, oak, vanilla, & dark fruit; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, oak, caramel/toffee, spicy hops, dark fruit, vanilla, and some licorice; Warm finish; Nicely balanced and complex; Really good barleywine.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Split this with my Dad at the family Labor Day party. It was the first cold day after Summer and just screamed to be opened. Bottled 2/18/2011. Bomber poured in a cervoise goblet.
A: Pours a dark mahogany with the slightest light tan head popping up in the pour. That quickly leaves to a ruby hued bubbling mass.
S: There are so many great smells wafting out of my glass right now. Great dark fruits, some raisins, figs, and dates, with the nice woodiness of the barrel shining through. There is a slight vanilla sweetness and a little boozy back.
T: The taste is like the nose, but much better. The barrel comes through much more with a great oakiness and sweet vanilla combination. The dark fruits I smelled are present here as well, but take a back seat to everything else going on. There is heat present from the alcohol, but it is wonderfully integrated and not overpowing in the least bit. It finishes with a light, semi-sweet chocolate.
M: Medium to heavy bodied. This is very smooth and has a great coating quality that leaving you wanting more. There is little carbonation, but itís a perfect amount. Very warming on the way down.
O: This lived up to my expectations indeed. Iíve read the threads about this fading and I just laughed as I was drinking this. To me it was great and the combination of flavors, especially the barrel qualities, really did this for me. Iím glad Iíve got some more in the cellar.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-07-2011
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
what a nice brew for my 1500th rating!
pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, a small beige head that dissipates, and a slight lacing that hangs out for a while.
smell is of wood, bourbon, caramel, barley, a little sweetness, belgian chocolate, and some brown sugar.
taste is a little sweet, caramel, a little chocolate, oak, coffee, grain, molasses, and dark fruit. ends sticky. overall very well done.
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
31st August 2012
THE Barleywine tasting. Cheers Bruce! Dark amber brown beer, little tan head.Light palate, a little dry. Mild minerals and aniseed alcohol. Nice toffee with a little malt cream. Bitterish bourbon underneath. Crisp and fairly bitter finish. Nice beer but harsher than I was expecting from the normally super smooth Firestone Walker.
Prufrockstar (1642) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
(2012 bottle) Currently my favorite beer to sip slowly with friends. Marvelous deep ruby red appearance, feels almost more like a rich supple red wine than beer. Taste is layered, includes at times everything listed in the commercial deScription, but combines to be more than almost any deScription could capture. FW has created a masterpiece.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
THOUGHTS: Delicious. Definitely a sipper. Very woody. It would probably age incredibly well. Hid alcohol content very well for the high ABV. It was like a more easily accessible Sam Adams Utopias. This was one bad-a$$ barley wine. It went nice with Reeses Peanut Butter Eggs. Bonus point for being better than the sum of itís parts.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark, brownish red that was nearly dark brown in the glass witha small, beige head that fully diminished. The aroma had heavy molasses and caramel; hints of chocolate; lighter coffee; light citrus; wood; toffee; brown sugar; vanilla; hints of licorice; bourbon; coconut; pineapple; and when warmer, light grain and cereal. The intial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, slightly acidic and light to moderately bitter with an average to long duration. There was wood, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, coconut, caramel, a little chocolate syrup, hints of coffee, brown sugar, light citrus hops, cocoa, maple syrupy, molasses, hints of tropical fruit, even slight toffee, black cherry, and slight grain and cereal when warmer. The medium to full body was sort of silky but also syrupy and a little sticky on the lips with soft carbonation and a lightly dry and light to moderately alcoholic finish.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - SEP 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A huge beer, but not as complex as i was hoping for. Lots of sweet sticky bourbon, some red berries, molasses, some vanilla and spicy wood, a hint of chocolate and other ripe fruits. I picked these flavours out, but they didnít make themselves readily available, I really looked hard for them. Very much compacted in terms of flavours- like a jam or consume stock. Very sweet and to be honest, a bit too full on. This had a year on it, but probably needs at least a year or two more. FW donít make bad (or even average) beers, but for a style which includes beers like JW Less Harvest and Old Ruffian, this is a second tier beer. Still, second tier is pretty decent in todayís overpopulated market...
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@Home. Very boozy aroma, raisin, caramel aroma. Deep red, small beige head, no lace. Sweet, hint of fruity sourness, bitterness?, caramel,. toffee, raisin, complex. Full, sticky. Wonderful.
jackl (6101) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ THE Barley Wine Tasting. Cheers deeblo. The pourís deep brown with a medium white head. The nose is sweet bourbon, some tangy mandarin orange, cocoa-covered cherry. The taste is quite sweet - plenty of chocolate cake, frosting, plenty of vanilla-spiked wood and toasted shredded coconut. Heavy, sweet but soft body. Thick. Overall, this incorporated some more exotic flavors than some of the other barley wines at the tasting (orange peel etc). I liked this very much.