JorisPPattyn (8429) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
No head left; deep brown cola-coloured beer. Dried wood, liquorice, and a touch of pine, ever so slightly smokey. Alcohol already present in the nose. Vanilla, smoked, with the vanilla(beans) returning retronasal with a vengeance. Obvious Bourbon casks, and fruity, estery hints. Very rich, alcoholwarming and a little (welcome) bite in the finish. Superb Barley Wine, especially in the finish. Many thanks to Evan & Matt!
arminjewell (8603) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, big thanks to Boody for finally getting to this one. Aroma has nice rich notes of toffee, dark fruit, vanilla, slight chocolate, bourbon, rum soaked bread, some slight red fruit. A bouquet of flavors start with sweet chocolate, coffee and some cocoa powder, leads into dark fruit, vanilla and bourbon notes, lots of roasted malt with a delicious dry bitter and slightly sweet finish. Very delicious!
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at SIB. Pours a ruby red/brown with fine lacing. Aroma is of dark fruits, caramel, and bourbon. Flavour reflects this, highlighting the bourbon as the main characteristic.Really sweet to begin with, but very well balanced with a woody after taste. Lovely.
Beerdedone (2956) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark mahogany with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, bourbon and some toffee. Flavor was super smooth with vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak/wood, dark fruit and caramel. awesome barleywine
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted 7/7/11. 22oz bomber. 2011. Pours a nice deep, dark amber hue. Spiraling tan head. Cookie and candy aromas. Dark dried fruit and vanilla. Good woody notes. Wonderful olfactory! Wow! Very full bodied and viscous and sticky. This has a great body. Toasted almonds, creamy vanilla and a huge dose of alcohol. Very astringent in the mouth from the tingling effervescence, bitter hops and high gravity. Flavors of cola and cocoa. Port and sherry nuances. Fudge and graham crackers. Raisins and figs. There’s a lot going on with this one! Hot and high octane, but blended well between the base barley wine and the wood aging. Great stuff!
Barley69 (26) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer was amazing
Love the fact the several people were willing to trade for it
tons of bourbon(go big or go home)
Fruits and bourbon
malt and bourbon
bourbon and bourbon
would love to try a cask Ba barleywine
this would be the best
love this amazing Barleywine.
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Keith pours reddish brown with tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of port wine. Flavors of dark fruits, wood, and roasted malts with a hint of molasses. Quite boozy but without the alcohol burn.
tmoreau (2931) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and served to a snifter with a dark mahogany hue, a modest amount of fluffy, off white/light tan head foam that diminished rather quickly to a ring and film, and left some spotty cling to the lacing. The aroma was toasty/ rich malt, dark fruit as raisin, plum, and cherry, with vanilla, caramel, and subtle but sturdy notes of cask wood and bourbon. The flavor continued this sensory barrage with some syrupy sweetness and warming alcohol, all in a dense, full body. Extremely impressive, Matt!
Macegan75 (750) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2012 Bottle at CAH. Pours a brown withwitn a red hewwith with some head. The nose is leather and whisky and black strap molasses. First sip is sweet with malted barley, coffee, bourbon, molasses & smoke. A nice mouth feel that will get nothing but better with age. The finish is whisky but not too boozy
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 4, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(22 oz. bottle via trade with IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Pours dark ruby with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, wood, caramel, coconut, vanilla, chocolate and a trace of molasses. Would love to keep smelling but I couldn’t wait. Mouthfeel is smooth, soft, buttery, silky, slightly sticky. Fine syrupy film and light traces of lacing briefly coat the inside of the snifter. Flavor of bourbon, wood and warm coconut. Warm, smooth chocolate, caramel and bit of molasses. Massive ABV is well-integrated and warming. The warm bourbon and coconut combo is really the killer here. Outstanding in every way.