Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the SF Barleywine fest at Toronado. Deep brown pour with a small white head. Very sweet for a barleywine, full of vanilla and a bunch of hop goodness as well. Nice molasses as well and some oaky goodness. Extremely tasty and so damn smooth!
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Might be one of the best beers iíve ever had, iíd quite possibly punch my mom for another drank. Huge milk chocolate flavor, no noticable heat, body was thick enough to hold the flavor, thin enough not to be cloying, somewhat one note, but depth to the chocolate flavor and roast. iíd say its the west coast sexual chocolate.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Pours a dark cherry mahogany ale. Less than single finger of light tan head falls to a broken sheet of the same. No lacing. When agitated, head replenishes and then falls once again.
S: I like the way this smells. Sweet vanilla, nougats and caramel. Some hints of cherry. It reminds me of a white chocolate Idaho Potato Cherry flavored candy bar, if you know what I mean...
T: Plenty of sweet butterscotch, vanilla, oak, cherries. The alcohol is a bit hot here. The taste profile is less than impressive, but with a year or two on it, presuming the toffee tones in the malts would come thru, this would be world class. As it warms, the alcohol continues to have more and more presence, not cool.
M: A bit thin for the style IMO. Carbonation is moderate and persistent, not bad, would prefer a little lower.
O: I think this is a nearly exceptional barley wine. I might pick up a few more just to age them, but I have less than high expectations for this to continue to excel. It will either thin out and fail to build the smooth feel I really appreciate from good BWís, but then again, you never know. Iím nearly on the fence with this. Itís good, but not terrific.
Serving type: bottle
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
THOUGHTS: Delicious. Definitely a sipper. Very woody. It would probably age incredibly well. Hid alcohol content very well for the high ABV. It was like a more easily accessible Sam Adams Utopias. This was one bad-a$$ barley wine. It went nice with Reeses Peanut Butter Eggs. Bonus point for being better than the sum of itís parts.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark, brownish red that was nearly dark brown in the glass witha small, beige head that fully diminished. The aroma had heavy molasses and caramel; hints of chocolate; lighter coffee; light citrus; wood; toffee; brown sugar; vanilla; hints of licorice; bourbon; coconut; pineapple; and when warmer, light grain and cereal. The intial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, slightly acidic and light to moderately bitter with an average to long duration. There was wood, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, coconut, caramel, a little chocolate syrup, hints of coffee, brown sugar, light citrus hops, cocoa, maple syrupy, molasses, hints of tropical fruit, even slight toffee, black cherry, and slight grain and cereal when warmer. The medium to full body was sort of silky but also syrupy and a little sticky on the lips with soft carbonation and a lightly dry and light to moderately alcoholic finish.
keanex (1493) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2014 Three Part Cellar Review
Sucaba bottle, bottled January 3, 2013.
Appearance: The body is clear with a great ruby to mahogany hue. The head is thin with poor retention that settles into a thin ring.
Aroma: On the pour the nose is nicely balanced with coconut, oak and bourbon coming through. After itís sat for a moment the coconut is dominate with dark fruits and toffee backing it.
Taste: Sweet malts on the intro with a strong mid-taste of bourbon, oak, coconut and brown sugar. This is a bit hot at the moment, but very drinkable.
Palate: Thick with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation.
Overall: This is great, thereís no doubting that, but after my vertical it seems that Sucaba is best with a few years on it. This is very drinkable fresh, but it certainly benefits from a year or more on it.
Sucaba bottle, bottled January 5, 2012. ~1 year old.
Appearance: The body is clear and a deep mahogany with garnet hues, a beautiful color. A thin tan head foams up briefly, but settles quickly into a thin foamy coating.
Aroma: The aroma is strong on the oak at first with a touch of bourbon on the first smell. Upon swirling I smell some booze, vanilla, and faint coconut coming off a bit musky.
Taste: This is very sweet and syrupy right away with a strong toffee flavor intertwining with dark fruits. The oak and bourbon are very light, only appearing on the finish that lingers a bit after the sip coming off a bit hot.
Palate: Thick and syrupy with slightly sharp carbonation.
Overall: This comes off a bit too oaky and unbalanced on the nose than the 2 year old one and a bit unrefined in the flavor. Itís great, but it isnít as good as the 2 year old one.
Rating: 7, 5, 7, 5, 15
Abacus bottle, bottled February 18, 2011. ~2 years old.
Appearance: The body has good clarity and a beautiful garnet/mahogany hue. Little lights comes through the body, itís very dark. A short tan head escapes the body but quickly settles into a foamy ring.
Aroma:The aroma is sweet, a touch musky even. Brown sugar and toffee dominate the nose with dark fruits. The barrel notes are subdued providing a light vanilla and a touch of oak, very little bourbon is noted.
Taste: Very sweet, this drinks like a cognac. Lots of caramel and brown sugar with medicinal dark fruits overlying the sweet syrupy thickness. The finish has a bit of alcohol, hinting at the bourbon, but very mellow with a lingering syrupy fruit finish with a strong coconut presence.
Palate: Thick and syrupy, light carbonation.
Overall: I had this fresh once and from memory I think fresh is better. This is excellent though and has certainly aged very nicely. I think of this as sipping on a nice cognac rather than a beer. Well done.
Rating: 8, 4, 8, 5, 16
cpetrone84 (1490) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is dark cola brown with a dark tan head. Nose is wood, light bourbon, cooked brown sugar, lightly roasted malt and a touch of ash. Taste is strong barrel and bourbon, chocolate and brown sugar, slightly burnt. A bit of green hops in back. A hint too much sugar. Full bodied, thins in finish, strong carb, a hint slick.
TXBadger (1488) - 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.
BMMillsy (1488) - Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2014 Rate #700! 2012 Bottle from trade with dak. Thanks! Pours a murky brownish with some ruby reddish purple at the edges. Small brownish yellow head that recedes quickly. Aroma if huge vanilla and. Aramel biscuits, sweet brown sugar, molasses, and bourbon. Awesome! Flavor is caramel vanilla up front, bready malts, molasses, more vanilla and a bit of licorice, and ending with hot bourbon notes. Lingering dry oak and bourbon on the palate. Finishes surprisingly smooth and easy. A great balance of sweet and oakiness. Plenty of rich hearty body to handle the barrels. Low to medium carbonation. A sipper and oh so yum. Glad I got some of this for the 700 milestone!
Trying a relatively fresh 2014 bottle on 6/9/14 courtesy of Doug. Amazing lasting vanilla finish on this with more dark fruit than I remember from the last time, less caramel and more bready toffee. Still as yummy as before. Mmmm.
zizzybalubba (1485) - Elizabeth City, 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.
italarican (1484) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Triad bottle share at Foothills organized by Mike. Awww yeah. Luscious toffee and bourbon notes with some syrupy vanilla extract. Moderately smoky and surprisingly dry for a barleywine (in a good way).