Fred82 (2123) - 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 (1813) - 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 (827) - 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.
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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.
Blairgus (3571) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 26 July 2013, tap at Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buelton, CA. (2013 variety) brown and clear at the edges. Nose is granola, faint syrup, slight tartness, mild alcohol. Thin, syrupy body and moderately fizzy. Crime brûlée, milk chocolate, some bitter chocolate notes, syrup, moderate alcohol, very smooth.
(Original rating 8 3 8 3 16 = 3.8) 30 dec 2011, bottle. Cloudy but brown. Nose is neat; Oaked Whisky, coca-cola, spiced malt. Med body and almost flat. Rich, oaky raisin malt. Really neat. Rough but rich. I like it.
VsXsV (3117) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Deep amber/brown liquid with small off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, wood, bourbon, caramel, toffee, chocolate and biscuity malt. Taste is light to medium sweet, medium bitter and malty. Very oaky. Notes of caramel, wood, vanilla and coconut. Full bodied with OK carbonation. Delicious BW, lots of character from the barrel aging and the malt.
omhper (21892) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, thanks baggio! Hazy mahogany colour. Oaky caramel aroma. Sweet and massively full bodied. Sweet and intense with oak and vanilla on caramel. Warming and soothing. A big beer for slow sipping.
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a ruby tint and just small amount of tan head. Smell: A huge malt profile, toffee, chocolate, some cherry, vanilla, caramel and booze. Caramel, chocolate, toffee, vanilla with a touch cherry. Palate is thick and coating with a long malty booze and cherry finish.
davey101 (747) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2012 2011 Abacus, batch 1 served in a brandy snifter. From 11/18/2011 notes, reviewed 12-23-2011.
A - Deep red/brown body. Small white head which quickly dissipates to a still body. Legs, but there is minimal lacing or retention.
S - The bourbon and oak are very dominant. The finish is fruity. Caramelized figs and plums and sweet malts.
T - Alcohol is dominant but smooth and not overpowering. Taste is heavy on the bourbon and dark fruits. Medium carbonation and body. Maybe lighter than I would have liked.
O - A very delicious barrel aged barleywine. The only fault I found was that I wished the body was a bit heavier to support the flavors.
2012 §ucaba (the beer formerly known as Abacus), Batch 2. Poured into a tulip glass and reviewed on 09-01-2012.
A - Same as the 2011 but with a longer lasting head.
S - So chewy and toffee heavy. Smell is just very much in the english style with some fantastic barrel notes of bourbon heavy vanilla. Finishes with an alcohol warmth and some caramelized fruits and some spice.
T - Chewy toffee, burnt caramel, vanilla, oak, dark fruits. Still just as tasty as the first batch. Mouth feel is also still a tad on the light size.
O - This beer is very much a booze bomb. Its one of the hottest beers I’ve ever had, but it works the same that a fine bourbon or scotch works. You just sip and enjoy the deep complexity. Its very english with a strong and chewy toffee aroma and flavor that seems to meld right into strong bourbon barrel notes. This remains to be a top three barleywine for me.