laiti (7887) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2014
65 cl bottle vintage 2012 (12,5%) @ vPBF
Aroma is sweetish with raisins, some caramel and vanilla. Flavour is sweet with lots of raisins, caramel, vanilla and harsh malt. Some warming alcohol in the finish. Very good, could even improve with some time.
65 cl bottle vintage 2014 (13,5%) @ VastActiv. Btotle #501287 Thanks tiong!
Aroma has sweet fruits and vanilla. Feels heavy. Flavour has alcohol, vanilla, woody tones, ripe fruits and some raisins. Not as hoppy as I remembered, but a complex & massive slow sipper. Also, no harsh malt this time. Alcohol is a bit too present here still though.
olio (8785) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
65 cl bottle @ vPBF.
Pours deep dark ruby red color with small head on the sides. Aroma of ripe fruits, caramel, mild vanilla, bourbon notes, raisins, plums and some toffee. Flavor of ripe fruits, caramel, toffee, mild bourbon and vanilla flavors and some alcohol burn on the finish. Could have aged nicely and maybe should have been aged a bit more before tasting. Still quite excellent.
tiong (6035) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2014 660ml bottle @ vPBF
Pours dark reddish brown with a small head.
Aroma of raisins, strong malty notes, vanilla, oak, hints of sherry and spices.
Taste is sweet syrup, raisin, malts, vanilla, tobacco, ash, oak, wooden notes,
Strong malty and sweetish finish with notes of vanilla, fruits, oak, vanilla and spices. Quite complex and tasty barley wine. Not overly sweet, but well balanced and tasty. 4.1
Re-rated on 22.11. 2014 vintage. Smooth and exquisite barley wine. This is probably slightly fresher than the last bottle. Really really good.
jredmond (7176) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Kramer’s Campground Brewdown 2012. Pours a deep ruby red body with thin white lacing. Aroma is caramel, wood, light bourbon and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of sweet caramel, bourbon, wood, vanilla, and some dry bitter hops in the finish.
fletchfighters (1373) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A-- Poured and settled a dark cola color. Shows lots of carbonation and a quick sprouting and fading light brown head, otherwise a light brown ring around the sides. Lots of ruby showing when held to the light. Not a lot of head retention to this at all.
S-- Carmel, lots of carmel. Undertones of bourbon, vanilla, and coconut. had a bottle in May and the vanilla and coconut nose was much bigger and the Carmel was a bit softer. Still a good nose though. Alcohol is quite well hidden.
T-- Syrupy butterscotch, bourbon, touches of oak, vanilla and noticeable alcohol. Gums got numb on first few sips of the beer.
M-- Thick, syrupy and slightly jam like. Get some notes of strawberry jam in the mouth. Bourbon and the barrel are really apparent in the mouth as well. Bourbon alcohol finish to this with touches of jam like qualities. I think starting to turn into a malt bomb. Medium full body and slightly more carbonation than it needed. A bit prickly at times.
O-- Thought much better fresher when I first had it. The barrel notes far more obvious in the nose then. Just starting to develop the jam like qualities that barlewines have. Careful cellaring might be really good for the beer, though I preferred the fresher version much more. Odd balance of strawberry and bourbon now than not sure I really like.
csaso (1987) - Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage - small foamy head, very dark amber color, aroma is strong alcohol, malt, oak, vanilla; tase is similar with added coconut notes - very complex beer of course, but very good. Definitely strong in the alcohol department, so drink slow!
johnnnniee (3468) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark brown with faint ruby highlights when held to light and a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates. The smell is really amazing. A little smoky, a bit of brown sugar, some vanilla and oak, cherries and raisins, coconut, no harsh ethanol, wow I could stick my nose under this all night. The flavor follows the aroma quite well but comes in waves of flavor. Sweet sugary malts up front, a bit of oaky bourbon next, some dark fruits wash in then some earth and sweetness then a bit of warming comes in before a semi sweet lingering finish. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost ashy or chalky mouthfeel. This one is a sipper that’s for sure, but I’m going to spend the rest of the night enjoying the shit out of this.
GRM (3607) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, in a cardboard box, purchased at Beer World on a trip to TAP NY with Luc Bourbonnière, savoured on August 5 2012; eye: ruby with caramel reflections, clear, slight effervescence, tiny ring of dark brown head, no lacing; nose: woody, bourbon, anise, malt, caramel, light resinous hops, molasses, slight dark fruits; mouth: woody, bourbon, anise, malt, caramel, light resinous hops, molasses, slight dark fruits, woody finale with presence of bourbon, medium-full body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, slightly bitter, silky texture; overall: quite fine
Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, dans une boîte en carton, achetée chez Beer World lors d’un voyage à TAP NY avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 5 août 2012; œil : rubis avec des reflets caramel, limpide, très légère effervescence, petit anneau de mousse brun foncé, pas de dentelle; nez : boisé, bourbon, anis, malt, caramel, léger houblon résineux, mélasse, très léger fruits noirs; bouche : boisé, bourbon, anis, malt, caramel, léger houblon résineux, mélasse, très léger fruits noirs, finale boisé avec présence de bourbon, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, très légèrement amère, texture soyeuse; en résumé : bien bon
bytemesis (6127) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap, 2010 release. Pours opaque chocolate brown with a small tan head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. Aroma is chocolate, woody port, and raisin. Flavor is very complex sweet chocolate, raisin, cherry. Alcohol is well masked, coming on only in the warming far finish. Reminds me a bit of Parabola. Thick and rich in the mouth, almost a bit gritty. Quite nice.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a dark ruby-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some light lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of caramel malts and sweet caramelized sugars, with some plum and other dark fruit, vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, and a bit of booze.
T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts and caramelized sugars with some raisin, plum, and other dark fruits, and some vanilla and toasted coconut. Through the middle, the oak and Bourbon comes through with some light chocolate and roast. The finish is a mix of sweet caramelized sugars, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, dark fruit, English yeast, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with light carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch syrupy with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Great barleywine with really nice Bourbon coming through. Amazing overall balance.