Goodgrief (1920) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with thinnish head. Aroma of bourbon and cocoa, with a flavor similar. Cocoa and vanilla accent a big bourbon base. Hints of oak and and vanilla. Silky smooth. Well done.
topherh (1917) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is big caramel, vanilla, boozy. Flavor is much the same with a good bit of earthy oak.
RSRIZZO (1914) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this brew at GABF on 9/24/09. Color is a muddy brown with light carbonation and small head. Aroma is rich with a little oak coming out. This is a full bodied brew with a rich feel and a finish of raisins and plums with oak and vanilla on the end. Overall its a very good Barley Wine.
HonusWagner (1910) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
In typical Firestone fashion, this beer does barrel-aging the right way. Just the right amount of sweet, hot bourbon to blend well with rich malt sweetness and a totally subdued hop character that doesn’t create a harsh, overly bitter finish. Manages to be rich and velvety without cloying sweetness. Darn impressive, and I’m not big on BA Barley Wines (why is Wooden Hell my number one want, again?).
csaso (1888) - Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage - small foamy head, very dark amber color, aroma is strong alcohol, malt, oak, vanilla; tase is similar with added coconut notes - very complex beer of course, but very good. Definitely strong in the alcohol department, so drink slow!
Dfonorow (1867) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is very dark brown with a very small white head. Aroma of roasted malts, oak, and bourbon, but it is faint. Flavor is chocoalte, vanilla, coconut, tobacco, caramel, and booze. Finish is hot.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught, Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Ruby colored beer. Nose lacks depth, but shows some malt and barrel elements of caramel, toast, toffee. Upon tasting, not a lot from the original beer. Sweet, fruity, barrel accented, but not complex or concentrated. One of the weaker examples of barrel aged strong ale at the fest.
RasmusOtt (1861) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2014 Bottle shared by Phreddyboi. Pours dark brown with a tiny brown head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, sweet toffee, coconut, sweet cherry, vanilla, dark sweet berries and a lot of barrel qualities. Taste has a decent amount of warming alcohol, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, dark sweet berries and a big barrel quality.
Beerdrinker79 (1860) - Idaho, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle, 2014 vintage- Pours very hazy dark orange to brown with a thin head that I had to force that reduces to a collar and a few islands. Aroma is prominent vanilla, coconut, toasted masrshmallow, getting honey, massively complex and wonderful. The taste is very similar, strong coconut, vanilla, caramel, not overly bitter or harsh like most barley wines seem to be. Body is thick and chewy yet easy drinking, tasty shit for sure! At this price ($8.99 a bottle plus 10% discount!) I really wish i’d have picked up a few more for the cellar.
TheHOFF43 (1855) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours a cola colored, could pass for coke. Aroma is awesome. Caramel, malt and hops. Flavor is boozy caramel, oak, toffee and malts. Fuck, this beer is incredible. Not really boozy, but the alcohol is there.