stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At HallingHansen Grand Tasting, thanks for sharing. Pours a clear and dark brown beer with a weak offwhite head. The aroma is malt, sweetness, fruit, dried fruit, vanilla and wood. The flavor follows the nose with additional alcohol. The palate is sweetness with alcoholwarmth. Overall a really good beer.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 release, new name, same beer. Bottle pours clear reddish brown with no head. Aromas are faint, and a a little booze and some wood. Taste is chocolate, booze, oak, caramel, some fruit like raisin or black cherry, and vanilla. Very complex, very delicious. Not overly sweet or dry, not overly hopped. The complexity really makes this beer. Body is medium and a bit thin, but the beer is viscous and pretty highly carbonated. Overall, a delicious beer that is great as a sipper.
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brassin 2011. Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une souper Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe de vanille et de fruité. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et de vanille avec une pointe boisée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #4145)
Tmoney99 (12404) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear reddish brown color with a minimal frothy off-white head that mostly diminished with little lacing. Moderate to heavy chocolate, wood, coconut and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex chocolate sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is another standout beer.
Indra (2711) - 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 (4585) - 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 (1497) - 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 (527) - 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 (656) - 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.