RRistow12 (722) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours a dark beige with khaki head. Aroma is full of dark fruit, caramel, licorice, a little nutty. Taste...this beer is big! Very complex. So much going on it hard to describe. Moderate to heavily sweet. Flavors of raisin, plums, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, toffee, biscuits, maple syrup, bourbon. Overall an incredible barley wine.
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furthur (920) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - NOV 1, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Finally getting around to this, seems fitting. Bottle, deep brown beer skiff of almond colored foam, decent lace. Aroma raisin, vanilla, sweet cherries, cookies, milk chocolate, almonds, licorice. Taste is vanilla cream, yeah, ice cream, and bourbon, cookies, anise, oak, almonds, pretty sweet, but big vanilla, balanced by that almond and dark fruit and a hint of roastyness, Palate is rich and thick, carb subdued. This is not my style, but wow, this really is amazing! Pairing this with a cured goat cheese...just stop it! Really, how can I raise my rating?! But I must! Wow!
GlasgowTAD (1389) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 25, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep red with a slight light-brown head which soon recedes. Aroma is caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla and slight bourbon. Taste is sweet caramel, toffee, malts, slight bitter cocoa, sweet coconut and some moderately tart red berry. Full bodied.
mrjez (478) - Osaka, JAPAN - SEP 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2015 edition, thanks to Maek at Osaka bottle share.
L: poured a murky off-brown with a small head.
S: a big bourbon whisky nose, supported by deep rich malt and a touch of sweetness.
T: again, very alcoholic, lots of whisky flavouring, a well-balanced sipper with some dark fruit and coming through.
F: great mouthfeel, heavy and warming yet smooth over the palate.
O: it was great to try this, pushing the style into more liqueur territory.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4662) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Firestone Walker Sucaba - bottle shared by Maek - thanks for helping me finally try this. It pours a deep reddish gold pour with a supremely malty caramel. Thebody is med-full while the flavor is oaky caramel and bready malts. This is delicious. Caramel and malts all the way.
WABeerFiend (392) - - SEP 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 edition. Poured into a chalice on 09.22.15. A: Bourbon, oak, brown sugar, and cherry. A: Thin off white foam recedes to a ring. Hazy deep dark red body. T: Oak, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, and cherry cough syrup dominate. Raisin and toasted coconut are subtle. All flavors are blended nicely. P: Somewhat oily with an astringent finish. O: There is a load of alcohol heat despite its age. If there was any hop profile, it’s gone now. This is a great entry point for someone who doesn’t like hoppy American style barleywines.
Maakun (4065) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at THT. Dark brown with small off white head. Sweet grains and malts, some light chocolate, lots of cognac, boozy, quite spicy. Very sweet and light boozy bitter finish. Full bodied. Very alcoholic but nice.
deanso (9213) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at September THT.
thin white head. Hazy amber pour. A very good barley wine.
Jimsal27 (291) - New York, USA - AUG 28, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Clear dark brown, little head. Aroma sweet. Taste, carmel, sticky, sweet, slight bitterness. Was expecting more from this disappointed
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with friends during poker. Lots of heavy dark fruit and chocolate. Barrel wood flavors too. I liked this a lot.