lusikka (7689) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle @ vPBF 2012.
Pours a dark amber colour with a small head on the edges. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla and some wood. Flavour of strong malts, caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, wood and floral hops. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a long, warming, malty and dry woody finish. Really pleasant and quite a sipper.
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled@vPBF2012. Deep ambery colour, close to black, small beige head. Aroma is alcohol, some sweet malts, mild toffee and some slight chocolaty notes. Flavour is sweet malts,raisins, toffee and some mild alcohol.
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 650ml (vPBF, alc. 12.5%, vintage 2012)
Deep ruby color, small beige head. Strong vanilla aroma with raisiny fruity notes. Full-bodied. Vanilla, alcohol, rye bread, raising. Too much alcohol right now, otherwise quite good.
laiti (8069) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2016
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. Bottle #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 (9281) - 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 (6443) - 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 (7460) - 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 Kramerís 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 (1404) - 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 (2099) - 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 (3792) - 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 thatís for sure, but Iím going to spend the rest of the night enjoying the shit out of this.