Leighton (8786) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at THE Barley Wines Tasting - London. Many thanks to Bruce for this one. Pours mostly clear ruby-amber with a frothy, off-white foam head. Lots of brown sugar and toffee in the nose, some dark fruits, grapes, moderate roasty wood. Big sweet flavor, some alcohol punch, toasted caramel, dried berries, boozy wood, slight caramel. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Modest heat to finish with toasty sugars, lightly torched wood, some sticky brown sugar, light earth. Strong but quite good throughout. Nice depth and intensity.
BeerandBlues2 (8557) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Pours dark brown with a small, fizzy, off-white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (nutty, caramel, bread), average hops (flowers, grass), average yeast (dough) with notes of dates, vanilla, wood, and alcohol. Full bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and an astringent finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
Ratman197 (8518) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of oak, plum, vanilla, toffee, light bourbon and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, plum, toffee and light carmel with a smooth warming lingering bittersweet finish.
rlgk (8517) - Skövde, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at USA comes to Skövde. Clear amber beer with a small beige head. Malty bready aroma, biscuits, vinous, figs, dades, warming alcohol, caramel, raisins, solvent notes. Caramel flavor, boozy, biscuits, vinous, figs, rubber notes, hay, nuts, vinous, raisins, dades, bready, some toffee. A bit too boozy.
hopscotch (8395) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… Hazy, dark, mahogany ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. The aroma is a rich, decadent mélange of white oak, bourbon, caramel, vanilla and coconut. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor mirrors the aroma in that it is a delicious marriage of caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut and oak. Malty, rich, warming finish. Kudos to dosbeerigos for sharing his bottle of this elixir!
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, wood, and caramel. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, wood, caramel, and some nuttiness.
daknole (8014) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy hell this was the best beer at the AZ strong beer fest. Dark brown pour, small tan head. Aroma is just loaded with sweet bourbon, vanilla, caramel, golden raisins and wood. Flavor is sweet but not cloying. Vanilla and bourbon stand out and combine with raisins, toffee, wood, dark dried fruit...my goodness this stuff is amazing.
Sammy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On-tap at City Beer. Good barleywine aromas, creamy mouthfeel, A bit of creamy off-white head on brown. Carbonation was a tad fizzy. Decent drinkability. A decent barleywine, though not exceptional on this day.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Blue Palms. Pours a deep brown body and a small tan ring. Aroma of wood, raisin, toffee and bourbon. Kind of a light aroma. Taste, dark fruits, vanilla, light oxidation. A bit of bourbon in the back. Well hidden alcohol. Viscous mouth, with light carbonation. Nice.
adnielsen (7597) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2012 2011 vintage. Bottle @ home, courtesy of foppa78 into my new Cigar City snifter, courtesy of markwise. Thanks guys! Very deep brown/ruby appearance with a tiny tan head that dissipates in no time. Really a nice, smooth, tobacco, fig, plum, caramel-toffee malty, somewhat sweet aroma that’s exquisite. Tobacco, date, plum, fig, dark fruity, moderate toffee, lighter caramel, fairly malty, bourbon, somewhat woody flavor. Dark fruity, cherry, plum, toffee aftertaste. No hint of the 13% booze- are you kidding me??? In a way, it kind of reminds me of HOTD Matt in its complexity. Simply unbelievable.
2012 vintage. Bottle @ home. Last time around I was blown away by this baby, so I’m really looking forward to trying it again. Dark reddish brown appearance with a brown head without much lasting power. There’s initially some notes of booze in the nose which isn’t all that unpleasant. Besides that, rich toffee, thick caramel malts, vanilla, oak, mild to moderate bourbon, and dark fruits (fig, plum) are also noticeable in the aroma. Creamy, nutty, rich caramel/chocolate malty flavor initially that is like tasting a liquid turtle chocolate candy. More vanilla, oak, and bourbon towards the back of the mouth and despite the overall sweetness of the beer, it’s balanced incredibly well. There’s also notes of tobacco, fig, and vanilla with a warming, dessert-like finish. Simply unbelievable. Easily one of the five best beers I’ve ever had.