Christian (11804) - 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 (2418) - 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 (8000) - 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.
swoopjones (6967) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample Coles Barleywine Competition 2012. dark copper, rather flat, little head. Tons of complexity. Oak, vanilla, raisins, rich maltiness.Big big flavor. Barrel aging really shines here. Very enjoyable
arkurzynski (1819) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Abacus bottle shared by motortoddhead. Deep red-brown with fading head. Awesome aroma of earthy, must oak, dark cherries, sweet caramel, toasted malt, syrup, and mild booze. Flavor is sweet cherry, plum, brown sugar, syrup, oaky goodness and finishing with light bourbon and more malt goodness. Some mild alcohol residual. Lingering cherry, vanllia. Thick and sticky. Amazing!
Frank (3469) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sticky sweet barleywine with lots of bourbon character. Thick and caramelly. Another port winish BA beer
Plovmand (7056) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at hallinghansen grand tasting. Pours hazy dark reddish brown with a medium off white head. The aroma is loads of dark fruits, tobacco, bourbon, vanilla and oak. The flavour is dark fruit, chocolate, oak, tobacco, berries and has some boozy notes. Dark fruity finish. Bit too boozy.
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark chestnut, thin cream ring. Nose is cocoa, roast, caramel, and heat. Flavor is caramel and sugar, light booze through finish, bit of wood and heat, heavy sugar chewy throughout.
madvike (3105) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared at a tasting - Pours cola color with a ring of tan head. Pretty sharp and boozy on the nose. Sweet malty notes, but really hard to tell cause this one is so hot. Taste is the same--hot and oaky, with toffee and caramel, but lots of strong, sharp heat takes over and remains through the finish. Butterscotch on the long finish. Burns the mouth a bit. Wow...this was terrible, and I was expecting it to be fantastic.