Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: The archetypical American Barley Wine
How: Bottle, consumed 8 months after purchase, split 4-way
The look: Cloudy bronze body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose has a moderate barrels presence and leafy hops over rich caramel. Taste starts with a wicked big rich caramelized malt backbone, just enough fruity flavors to increased complexity, vanilla, wood, toasted nuts and toasted cookies, enough resinous leafy hops to almost balance this monster beer. Alcohol is a little apparent but seems rather fitting to warm up this monster body. Huge body that doesnít feel cloying or too heavy. This is a superior example of the style. The problem with this excellent beer is the hefty price tag, too pricey to make it a regular, and I wish I could make more money at work but so far I have failed to find a way to sleep my way to the top.
shrubber85 (9004) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at DLD12. Whiskey, prune malt, and hay aroma. Hazy brown color with minimal head. Sweet prune malt and woody bourbon flavor. A nice beer.
queenholly (3502) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Dark Lord Day 2012. Sweet, boozy, oaky vanilla aroma. Murky brown with a small head. Syrupy sweet, boozy, oak, vanilla, prune flavor. Full sticky body.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Dark Lord Day 2012 (Munster, IN). Pours a rich darker browninsh hue, deep with good lacing. Dies down to a film, small lacing. Aromas are rich spirit, bourbon and sweet caramel and toffee malts, touches of toast, vanilla, shaved coconut, oak. Gentle spirit, some sweet oxidation. Initial is sweeter and thicker, rich toffee and caramel, rich oak and spirit, gentle kisses of toast. Some warming elements. Initial is sweeter, toffee and caramel up front break way into toast, barrel elements, vanilla, and coconut, warming spirits grow. Spirit as it thins the body, warms the belly. Bourbon and whiskey, vanilla, oak, and toffee. Some sticky elements stick into the backend. Well balanced if a growing warmth into the back that might get a touch harsh. Still, it gives character and wins me over. Solid beer, light carbonation, good flavors and body.
m4rest88 (387) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - APR 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours a dark amber hue with a small white head that is mostly diminishing
aroma of dark fruits malt, molasses, soy sauce, alcohol
flavor is the same but with a chocolate after taste - unsweetened chocolate
thick mouthfeel with light carbonation
an amazing brew
jar72404 (426) - USA - APR 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours brown with thin white head. Aroma is caramel, oak, vanilla and tobacco. Flavor is more of the same plus some leather. Delicious.
Thechasm442 (400) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2015 Poured from a bomber into a duvel tulip. Pours a dark ruby brown with a finger length beige head that shrinks to nothing. Average lacing. Aroma is dark fruit. Raisins, figs, plums, and malt. Taste is more of the same. Raisin, plum, toffee, caramel, and slight citrus notes. Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy. Amazing beer, canít wait till i try a cellared one.
Initial rating 4/19/12
Update. Same beer, bought the same day. Itís been in the cellar ever since. 2012 edition. Rating date 3/31/15
The beer pours a ruby brown with a very thin beige head that immediately disappears. Aroma is oak, molasses, brown sugar, and a lot of dark fruit flavors. Raisin, date, and plum are there big time. There is also a slight spicy smell in the back and faint bourbon aromas. Taste is very complex. Iím having a hard time focusing on all of the flavors because they are so intense, yet have tons of subtleties. I get a lot of dark fruit. Plums, figs, dates, and raisins are all represented nicely. There is a caramel sweetness and a ton of molasses as well. Itís kind of like a holiday fruitcake. I also pick up some oaky notes in the finish. The beer is very sticky in my mouth and the flavor lingers on forever. I literally mean forever. Iím talking 5 minutes in between sips and I can still taste flavors of dark fruit and sweet molasses. It also gets rather dry near the end. This was a great beer fresh and even better after 3 years in the cellar. I just wish I aged two of them.
JoePeesie (917) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep burgandy brown with a thin ring of off white head. Nose and taste are sweet of caramel, vanilla, a bit of woodiness. The booze is very well hidden in this brew and it is almost painfully good!
jbeatty (1199) - New York, USA - APR 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 04/16/2012. Pours ruby-tinged brown, short-lived beige head, thin lacing. Prominent wood and bourbon in the nose, caramel vanilla with coconut, wrapped around dark bread malts, touch of chocolate and dark fruits, subtle tartness. Taste is also barrel dominated, big coconut and molasses, dark grains and dried fruit, spicy character, bourbon vanilla booze to finish. Full palate, silky and bordering on creamy, long aftertaste, alcohol doesnít detract. Pretty great barley wine here.
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Boxed and black foil-wrapped bomber from 2012, opened in celebration of being granted permission to write my dissertation. Pours garnet red and brown with a short-lived brownish-beige head. Aromas of sweet bourbon, oak, butter, and orange/vanilla. Dark fruit and some alcohol creep in as it warms. The flavor is sweet, sugared fruit, soaked in bourbon. Smoky oak, tons of buttery toast, and light berry are present, with moderate bitterness, cherry/bourbon, and burnt sugar in the finish. Low/medium carbonation, medium/full body, warming, and creamy. Really well done, delicious!