charule (2160) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2015 Bottle thanks to artmcd8. Poured chunky reddish brown with light tan head. Aroma of some alcohol and spice. Kind of smooke with light smoke and barrel.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] Deep mahogany hue. Big raisin, prune, malty aroma. Deep complex palate, plenty of english toffee, pruney malts combined with a tempered citrussy finish. Notes of licorice and chocolate add some complexity and depth. Burnt treacly aftertaste too.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks GT2! Extreme dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Massive vanilla bourbon, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, marshmallow, and tannic wood abound. Sweet and boozy with a thick body and low carb, finishing sticky.
Fred82 (2139) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to PintPlease.
Appearance : Deep clear amber with small white head.
Aroma : Big sweet malt with fruity hops. Light resinous notes. Very light oxidation maybe. Light licorice.
Taste : Licorice with sweet fruity plums and raisins. Awesome caramel with some resinous hops. Finish has a lot of raisins with light resinous hops. Not much alcohol.
Overall : Wow this was good. Awesome sweetness balanced with the resinous hops ans the light alcohol. Delightful caramel. The Bourbon is not very present but adds to the complexity and to the richness. Very well balanced and very tasty. My kind of Barley Wine.
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Had this a couple times now and love more each try. Pours an dark amber with a thinner tan head touches of lace. The smell is big sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark fruits, some tobacco. The flavor is pretty much the same but there is a creamy richness full of the vanilla and toffee and bouron that makes this so delicate and decadent. Started slightly chilled and worked to room temp and the flavors evolve and get better with this one. Damn love this brew. For 13% it is also scary because the booze is hidden perfectly with the warming sensation in the gut.
Arayaga2 (2122) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 Cola brown with minimal tan head, and a bit of yeasty sediment Aroma is. marshmallowy, chocolatey and bourbony in the most devine sense of the word. Taste is the same, and finishes in cherry cordial notes, with boozy warming. I could drink this at room temperature, and be quite happy. $15/220z (celebratory: "Modernist Cuisine" arrived)
Edit: Now that it’s called Sucaba, it seems a bit hot and harsh in the alcohol department, without the mellow refinement I recall from before. Still very good, but just not great. Rating stays, along with my fond memory. (celebratory: Rammstein Concert!)
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle through trade. Pour has a Brown amber color and a very thin off white head that fell away quickly. Aroma has hefty bourbon, vanilla, oak, thick sweet malt, alcohol heat, and light oxidation. This is really a thick beast and it just whacks you with the barrel treatments unforgivably. Mouth feel is on the heavy side of medium and the carbonation is on the lower side. Flavor hits you with big boozy malt, oak, vanilla, sweet bourbon, some oxidation, a bit of heat, and a long hanging finish. This makes no effort to cover up the bruiser that it is and the barrel treatments really take the center stage.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at DLD ’12. Thanks to drew I believe. Pours a dark brown with a thin head. Roasty sweet malt aromas some toffee and dough with some red fruit underneath. Dough brown sugar flavors with dark cherries and plums buried in there. Nice bitterness but too sweet. 7/3/7/3/14
csaso (2096) - 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!
HonusWagner (2093) - 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?).