zizzybalubba (1743) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet (purchased in April 2011). Pours a cola-like brown with a thin layer of quickly fading bubbles. Incredible aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, coconut cake, dark fruit, and probably some other aromas I have missed. Incredibly smooth flavor showcasing the bourbon, vanilla, and coconut and with layers of chocolate and smoke underneath. Every bit of the 13% alcohol is felt in the warmth yet this is a surprisingly thinner offering than you would expect from a beer with this complexity and depth. As it warms the background flavors find their way to the front just a bit more. This is an outstanding offering from an outstanding brewery.
joergen (25127) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at PapsÝ, thanks Anders.
Clear red coloured with a small off-white head.
Sweet and fruity aroma of vanilla, oak and dark chocolate with roasted notes.
Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, oak and vanilla with notes of dark chocolate and roasted notes.
Sweet and roasted finish.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Thanks to psiweaver for this.
3.5 A: Clear (I think) deep brown, nearly black color. One finger of fizzy head falls quickly and leaves no lacing.
4.5 S: This nose has it all and by that I mean it has a big hit of bourbon AND a very respectable beer underneath. The bourbon is lightly leathery with perhaps a touch of peat. Also included is a moderate fruitiness that borders on the floral, good bit of vanilla, and nearly as much oak. Lots of caramel and toffee with plum, prune, date, and fig fruitiness. Brown sugar and a very reasonable booze level for the ABV. Really complex and pleasant. Borderline 5.0.
3.0 T: I canít believe what Iím tasting. This beer has such a nice nose, but the taste is straight up boring. Boozy bourbon with a light charred, peaty flavor. Still a decent amount of vanilla and oak. The beer itself is the problem with the taste. The taste follows the nose for the most part, but all the dials are turned down to a three from what were eights. All subtlety is lost behind the booze. Really disappointing and certainly not better than average.
3.5 M: The mouthfeel is indicative of what is problematic with this brew. A 13% barleywine had me thinking thick, velvety, and rich. Having had Parabola a few times, I figured that was the route this would go as well. Instead, this has a medium body and a moderate creaminess. Seems like the potential malt flavor went away with the potential heavy body. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.
3.5 D: Totally disappointed. I loved the hell out of Parabola and thought this would be the barleywine version of that. It isnít. Not quite sure how this is getting the scores it does. Maybe bottle variation. Who knows? Not confident this will age well, but I have another bottle and Iím going to give it a go.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-12-2011 01:48:32
Ungstrup (32889) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A deep red beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, caramel, wood, and whiskey. The flavor is sweet with notes of vanilla, caramel sauce, alcohol, wood, and chocolate, leading to a dry finish. In the very finish the alcohol show up with a slight bite in the tongue. Thanks anders37 for sharing.
Pinball (11788) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear brown, no head.
rather mild aroma, malty, nutty.
flavor is nice , lots of wood, vanilla, malts, spices, sweet and spicy barley wine
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of anders37. Pours amber with a slight haze and an off-white head. Sweet toffee, overripe fruit and heavy sweet oak. Very solid body, thick caramel notes, overripe fruit and sweet, luscious Bourbon. No real bitterness but quite some warming alcohol. Delicious. 080911
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz, boxed and black foiled bottle, dated 2/18/11 from grape & gourmet. pours a beautiful, hazy, mahogany with a smooth, thin beige head that has great retention and leaves sticky drips of lace on the edges. aroma is outstanding with rich, sticky dark fruit notes of fig, raisin, and red berry backed by brown sugar, toffee, and light floral esters with the subtle bourbon barrel notes of oak, vanilla, tobacco, and toast emerging as it warms. flavor is wonderful as well with bold, boozy notes of bourbon, toasted oak, and toffee up front backed by sweet dark fruit notes of black cherry, plum, and fig with subtle notes of angelís food cake, toasted malts, and creme brulee on the finish. palate is rich, full bodied, and perfectly carbonated with a great balance of sweetness and boozy, bourbon warmth. overall, a great barrel aged barleywine.
Ughsmash (7501) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Poured clear, fiery garnet with a lovely, but unfortunately short-lived beige head.. great color and clarity. The aroma was powerful, with sweet and delectable bourbon, tobacco, and dark fruits over a rich base of molasses, drawn caramel, maple, and vanilla bean.. the barrel was very well integrated.. loved it! The flavor found a warm base of darker fruits, molasses, and maple.. black pepper, vanilla bean, aged oak and tasty bourbon around.. vanilla and bourbon led the drive through the finish.. earthy and peppery at the end, but the alcohol balance was perfect. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. spicy and engaging throughout.. excellent feel and flow. This was a masterpiece, and Iíd love to try it again sometime.
Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours thick amber brown with a very brief tan head that fades quickly to a ring. Sweet aroma of malt and bourbon. Big taste of sweet caramel malt followed by oak and bourbon. Hints of tobacco and vanilla. I would describe this as an American Strong barleywine. The front is typical sweet barleywine followed by almost a umami flavor with the tobacco and bourbon. Palate thick without becoming syrupy. Finish a little peppery with some carbonation and an alcohol burn. Alcohol very evident.
Very nice beer, reminds of a stronger version of Founders Backwoods Bastard.
Nickls (2227) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap, Black Squirrel. Poured with little to no head, barís fault on a darker muddy ruby brown body. Toffee, prunes, toast, caramel, and a bit of fruity sweetness in the aroma. Dark prune flavors, not a major hop presence but some leaves, raisines, toffee and caramel. Warming, medium body and coating. Would be a great nightcap.