arkurzynski (1769) - 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 (3290) - 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 (6913) - 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 (3575) - 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 (3086) - 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.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to PintPlease.
Appearance : Deep clear amber with small white head.
Aroma : Big sweet malt with fruity hops. Light resinous notes. Very light oxidation maybe. Light licorice.
Taste : Licorice with sweet fruity plums and raisins. Awesome caramel with some resinous hops. Finish has a lot of raisins with light resinous hops. Not much alcohol.
Overall : Wow this was good. Awesome sweetness balanced with the resinous hops ans the light alcohol. Delightful caramel. The Bourbon is not very present but adds to the complexity and to the richness. Very well balanced and very tasty. My kind of Barley Wine.
Rustyham (1786) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth, Creamy, vanilla. The palate is very smooth, thick, and very warming, this fills your throat with heat. Color is deep brown, cloudy. Aroma of sweet brown sugar and fruity tropical nectars. Shared at Curtis’s (Nashville’s Sweetwarer Representative) tasting.
48FanInCali (808) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2014 2011 bottle enjoyed around release time. Brownish copper pour with streaks of white head and lacing. Nose of caramel, toffee, malt, and all of the usual BW suspects. Taste adds vanilla, and darker fruits. Slight bitterness that will likely go away with time. Good BW.
Updated - cracked a 2011 on 4/7/14. Aging has not really added anything to this beer. If anything it has maybe lost some of its original sharp tasting notes. Now that I have had several BA BWs I find this to be a bit thin in comparison.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 5, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2011. Pours a dark clear brown with a thin offwhite head. Smells phenomenal. Brandy. Lots of malt. Dried dark fruits. Cream. Vanilla. Wood. Sweet something I cannot identify. Cotton candy?. All very mellowed and insanely drinkable. Tastes very sweet, b t tempered with some balanced bitterness and Bourbon smokiness. Full bodied. Soft to flat carbonation. Finishes cloyingly sweet. A very interesting beer, and one I’d happily drink again.
palmtreefrb (8) - - DEC 31, 2011 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma coffee, roasty. Appearance brown/black, tan foam. Taste heavy bourbon sweetness. Palate full body, soft carbonation.