FestDecBeet (412) - - DEC 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Look: pours a dark red. Very cloudy. Tan head.
Smell: very sweet. Candy.
Taste: very sweet. Candy caramel.
Feel: very thick. Nice dryness.
Overall: great beer. Love it.
First drank: 12/25/14 mom and dads.
weihenweizen (2262) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Refrigerated 2011 brown bomber poured into a snifter. Dark brown with very small off-white head. Aroma is bourbon, medium body, low carbonation, and very little lacing. Taste is bourbon, dark fruit (raisins and prunes), vanilla, oak, some coconut, and hints of alcohol. I prefer gibcbw.
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bomber into tulip glass about 8 months after bottling. Moderate fizzy head that quickly dissipates. Somewhat muted, but enticing aroma that doesn't really demonstrate the barrel aging. The flavor, however, is excellent. It tastes like a mature, refined barleywine. The barrel aging doesn't come through at first but that's because it is so well integrated. As you continue drinking and the beers warms, it comes through and reveals itself as a pleasant foundation of the beer. This isn't an aggressive, in your face beer, despite the abv. Rather it's elegant, beautifully simple, and subtle. Typical firestone walker deftness.
snoworsummer (3333) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Barrel Republic. Pours a rich, deep brown with a creamy off white head. Smells strongly of fermenting raisins, strong dark fruity booze, slight earth and woodiness, light astringency. Tastes like raisin, prunes, very smooth, mild alcohol, light astringency, light chocolate. Pretty delicious.
Marduk (4059) - Reval, ESTONIA - NOV 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
660ml bottle (tasting @VastActive place, thanks). Dark copper color. Tiny to almost no head. Malty, sweet, whisky, woody notes in aroma. Aroma rises eyebrows in a pleasant way. Malty, cocoa, nutty, sweet, coffee in taste. I can sense alcohol, but not quite taste it. Needs some age for sure, but still very drinkable. Nice brew!
FatPhil (10992) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle - thanks tiong, VastActive and the crowd from Hel!
Beautiful rich aroam, heady malts, some coconut. Normally that coconut would be a very bad sign, but this manages to get away with it somehow, and the richness of the roasted malts and woodiness are make up for almost everything. Very sweet sticky palate. Nice malty but a bit yeasty. Coconut less obvous in the taste. Smoothish, and a nice sipper. Did like coming back to this glass in between subsequent beers, as the aroma was a reset that would put a smile on my face. If I was being harsh, I’d flaw it for being a bit too sweet and strong, but I’m overlooking that.
Defreni (2856) - Husum, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske: Lige ovenpå 17eren er denne lidt tyndere i mundfylde og duft. Stadig er bourbon fadlagringen helt suveræn. Utrolig let og drikbar i forhold til 13 %. Super lækker amerikansk barleywine hvor lagringen er velintegreret.
mjs (5364) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 0.65 l - 2014 vintage - BB 10.04.2019, courtesy of tiong, 20141122) The beer poured ruby port coloured and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, raisins and hops. Palate was full bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, sweetness, grass, coconut(!), raisins and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet, malty, hoppy and bitter. A bit harsh but still tasty barley wine except the horrid coconut.
VastActiv (3992) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2014 Bottle 0.65l at home, Helsinki. 2014 vintage - BB 10.04.2019. Thanks to tiong! Colour is dark brown with very small head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, dry fruits, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, some wood, hops and malts. Excellent.
TXBadger (1963) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with off-white head. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, and some dark fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. This has a lot going on. Pretty solid.