saxo (16185) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is red/brown. Aroma and taste are malt, fruits, spices, alcohol, wood, caramel and hops.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2011. Aroma has notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, dark dried fruits. Dark brown that sits almost black in the sniffer. No head and no lace. This beer looks like flat coke. Flavor is very sweet. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Overall a good bourbon bomb Barley Wine that smells and tastes great but looks like shit.
thetmaxx (896) - West Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 27, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a snifter glass. Aroma is slightly alcohol. Flavor is malty, chocolate, vanilla. Palate is nice, I really wanted to mention the whiskey after taste and heat that gently comes back up and warms you. This is great as I don’t really drink many barley wines I don’t have to much to compare to, but I love it!
Theis (14974) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks to Anders37. Clear red/brown - white head. Borubon, vanilla, wooden, fruity, lots of vanilla, caramel, roasted, barley notes, medium malty, coconut. Smooth and Lovely.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2011 750ml Bottle: Complex aroma of oak, dark ripe fruit, plum, malt, slight red wine, toasted caramel, slight coconut, and some vanilla. Poured very deep amber/brown in color with no head at all. Cloudy. Slightly sparkling. Full of tiny and small-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, coconut, slight alcohol, vanilla, light Bourbon, light toasted caramel, and some dark ripe fruit. Medium to full body. Oily, slick texture. Average carbonation. Malt, dark ripe fruit, coconut, light Bourbon, light toasted caramel finish is a tad sticky. 13%ABV is slightly noticeable in the flavor, but not hot or overwhelming.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle picked up at west lakeview... Pours a dark cola mahogony pour with reddish edges and topped with a thin film of light off-white head... Aroma is sweet sacharine with dark fruits, fruitcake, a vanilla smooth oak aged bent with tobacco and chocolate to go along with it... Flavors follow suit closely wit tobacco, booze, barrel and ripened dark fruit. A little heated but defintely a nice sipper. Thicker bodied than expected but decadent in its own way.
zizzybalubba (1766) - 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 (25605) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Papsø, 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 can’t believe what I’m 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 isn’t. 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 I’m going to give it a go.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-12-2011 01:48:32
Ungstrup (33771) - 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.