Indra (2626) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 vintage. Incredibly rich, sweet, malty aroma, full of dark sugars, faint bourbon, vanilla, cherry, almost roasted caramel sweetness, cotton candy, wood, fiery alcohol and raisin. Deep, cloudy mahogany color, head forming a fine ring around the edge of the glass. Flavor shows a profoundly rich, caramelized sugary sweetness, dark, dried fruits, bourbon hints, more vanilla and oak along with dark chocolate, nut, brown sugar and cocoa appearing at the finish. Low in effervescence but still buoys the huge flavors well, smooth, thick, syrupy and warming, body is just gigantic. Incredible stuff, avoids being overly sweet and cloying, somehow. Highly impressive. Absolutely made for wintertime and for Barleywine fans such as myself.
joeneugs (3324) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at the Livermore Saloon. This has everything you could want in a barrel aged barley wine. Often, these American versions can be way too overpowering with the booze and heavy bitterness, but this is just so tasty, you don’t notice any of that. It pours a reddish brown with a thick tan head. The aroma is ultra complex with caramel, toffee, cherry, vanilla and wood. The flavor is pretty much the same with an insanely rich body and smooth on the palate. Yes it’s boozy, but lower in bitterness than I remember Abacus being. A tremendous fireside sipper!
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Yazoo Fortuitous release. Pours deep copper brown with a beige head. Aroma of vanilla and caramel. Medium to full bodied with a slight sticky texture. Flavor of caramel and vanilla, but with a spicy bitterness and nice wood nuance. Sweet without going over the top. One of the best barleywines I have had in a long time.
RedSox2004 (1291) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hey, someone poured a Knob Creek in my Oaked Arrogant Bastard! Brown with ruby red highlights, small head and sticky oily lace. Bourbon is strong on the nose, accompanied by vanilla, coffee, and hints of chocolate and dark berries. The bourbon is gigantic on the palate, almost overwhelming the caramel malt, chocolate and dark toasted bread. Medium body, minimal carbonation, sticky mouthfeel, hot alcohol and the bourbon lingers smoothly.
toxichop (351) - South Gate, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Got this at bevmo, they where jusy taking it out. It pours a very dark red with a small white head. Aroma is of caramel, alcohol, sugar and oak. Taste is of oak, toffee, sugar, plums and rasberries. Mouthfeel is stick and sweet. Overall this an excellet marriage of beer and barrels. I usually dont care for barely wines but thanks to this im gonna seek the style more.
michaelinwa (597) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2013 Pours a reddish brown color, with decent head, and aroma of malt and carmel. Taste is moderately complex with notes of carmel, malt, wood, alcohol, a little vanilla and hops. Not sweet, and does have a slightly harsh bourbon and alcohol edge to it. Finish is bourbon, alcohol and bitterness, all in balance, and all lingering. A barley wine for those who dislike sweet malt or massive bitterness, and like booze. Worth trying every year, but would like just a little more complexity to this.
Update: Sampled bottles at 2 years and at 1 year. Dries out over time, and is probably best consumed young.
Christian (11217) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with a small off-white head. Malty aroma of toffee and biscuit along with vineous dried fruit notes, some vanilla and oak. Sweet caramel and toffee dominated flavour with a creamy/milk chocolate character. Lots of oak and lots of alcohol in the finish
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweet vanilla and coconut. Oh so inviting. Little bit of bourbon on the mouth but follows the vanilla and coconut. Pretty amazinh
hallinghansen (2070) - Odense S, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Redish body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is sugar, caramel, dark fruit, oak, bourbon. Flavor is caramel, sugar, raisins, bourbon, dark fruit, oak.
j12601 (6607) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at the Night of the Barrels on the Friday night of EBF 2012. Pours a clear ruby with a thin to medium sized beige head. Sweet malt, brown sugar. Oxidized malt, toast. Medium bodied, lots of oxidized malt. Plums and malt, toast. Lingering alcohol, plums and oxidized malt on the finish.