Huhzubendah (2944) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I split a bottle of this with a couple friends on Saturday. We’ve all been anxious to try this beer for a few years now.
The color is a beautiful dark ruby, as stated on the label. The head is rather small and fades rapidly to virtually nothing, leaving some faint lacing on the glass.
The aroma is inviting, with scents of bourbon, malt, caramels, and oak.
Delicious! Balanced? Oh yeah. Flavors flow together beautifully. Brown sugar, caramels soaked in bourbon, oak barrels, hints of vanilla.
The feel is truly exceptional. The beer goes down effortlessly, with nary a hint of the supposed 13% abv. It would be no problem to finish a bomber unaided. No need to age this masterpiece, as it’s already silky smooth.
Overall, a terrific beer and a stellar example of a barrel-aged barleywine. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-03-2011
AmEricanbrew (6320) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown color with tan head. Vanilla, caramel, rich raison aromas. Medium body. Rich dark raison,. pit fruit, spicy toffee, whiskey flavors--good
Westmeister (2061) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Had this a couple times now and love more each try. Pours an dark amber with a thinner tan head touches of lace. The smell is big sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark fruits, some tobacco. The flavor is pretty much the same but there is a creamy richness full of the vanilla and toffee and bouron that makes this so delicate and decadent. Started slightly chilled and worked to room temp and the flavors evolve and get better with this one. Damn love this brew. For 13% it is also scary because the booze is hidden perfectly with the warming sensation in the gut.
presario (4888) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, box, girl and the gold watch. Reddish oak colour with almost no head. afroma of caramel, hops and alcohol. flavour is herbal, caramel hops and alcohol. somewhat medicinal herbal and overpowering. Am I alone in running away from the abv? Am I alone in looking fror subtelty? Am i contradicting myself, a hypocite or on the cusp? Do I just want to drown in a pool of SNPA??????
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at DLD ’12. Thanks to drew I believe. Pours a dark brown with a thin head. Roasty sweet malt aromas some toffee and dough with some red fruit underneath. Dough brown sugar flavors with dark cherries and plums buried in there. Nice bitterness but too sweet. 7/3/7/3/14
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2012 Cola brown, thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon, light caramel. Body is medium, not overbearing. Flavor is vanilla/bourbon with light caramel, clean pine/earth hops. General impression is positive, a good sipping beer. Less thick and cloying than expected. Nice.
kathouse (1234) - Nevada, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear red ale with no head to speak of. Caramel malts with a little alcohol aroma. Good body and carbonation. Sweet toffee with a noticeable bite. Finish has some dried red fruit. Sweet on the palate before dried up by the alcohol.
luttonm (2962) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at FW Night at Urban Family. Dark ruby brown, tan head. Big sweet dark oak aroma, heavy hop, heavier malts. dark apple cider, rich and thick. very hearty warming alcohol. very tasty fruity barrel-aged bw. great
thomas15 (689) - USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Abacus 2011. Aroma is amazing. Sweet vanilla salted toffee chocolate peanut butter, holy shit. Boozy black pepper, caramel. Intense. Some nuttiness... dark copper the white ring. Bourbony wood up front. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and bourbon. wow.
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2012 Pours a very dark garnet with almost no head and some light lacing left behind. The nose is almost overwhelming. The taste is directly in line with the nose. French oak, tobacco, dark cherry, fig, plum, chocolate, hops dressed in brown sugar, and big boozy bourbon dominate the palate. This is a masterpiece.