RSRIZZO (1931) - 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.
topherh (1919) - 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.
bursprak (1913) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at pre-CBC tasting at Fermentoren. í13 vintage. Cloudy amber pour with some lacings. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, malty sweetness with some boozy notes.
BRW (1908) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at CBC. Dark reddish colour with small white head. Sweet, oak aromas, also malts and vanilla. Sweet and vanilla taste, with some malt and acidic aftertaste.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Thanks to psiweaver for this.
3.5 A: Clear (I think) deep brown, nearly black color. One finger of fizzy head falls quickly and leaves no lacing.
4.5 S: This nose has it all and by that I mean it has a big hit of bourbon AND a very respectable beer underneath. The bourbon is lightly leathery with perhaps a touch of peat. Also included is a moderate fruitiness that borders on the floral, good bit of vanilla, and nearly as much oak. Lots of caramel and toffee with plum, prune, date, and fig fruitiness. Brown sugar and a very reasonable booze level for the ABV. Really complex and pleasant. Borderline 5.0.
3.0 T: I canít believe what Iím tasting. This beer has such a nice nose, but the taste is straight up boring. Boozy bourbon with a light charred, peaty flavor. Still a decent amount of vanilla and oak. The beer itself is the problem with the taste. The taste follows the nose for the most part, but all the dials are turned down to a three from what were eights. All subtlety is lost behind the booze. Really disappointing and certainly not better than average.
3.5 M: The mouthfeel is indicative of what is problematic with this brew. A 13% barleywine had me thinking thick, velvety, and rich. Having had Parabola a few times, I figured that was the route this would go as well. Instead, this has a medium body and a moderate creaminess. Seems like the potential malt flavor went away with the potential heavy body. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.
3.5 D: Totally disappointed. I loved the hell out of Parabola and thought this would be the barleywine version of that. It isnít. Not quite sure how this is getting the scores it does. Maybe bottle variation. Who knows? Not confident this will age well, but I have another bottle and Iím going to give it a go.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-12-2011 01:48:32
beerbaaron (1865) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A beautiful deep blood red color with a small soapy beige head. Exquisite aroma. Powerful, full of character and complexity, and so cohesive. Jam, dark fruit, dark brown sugar, dark chocolate, along with super well integrated barrel character. Flavor follows but is not as distinctly. Lighter full body. Warm alcohol.
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.
wetherel (1856) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Churchills. Big off-white foamy head. A little musty oaky aroma. I smell a little bit of yeasty auotlysis. Nice legs on glass. Sweetish. You can tast the alcohol.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours amber coffee brown with a quickly dissipating head. Moderate aromas of sweet malt and toffee. Full nectar with good carbonation. I like how this beer has a high complex value while remaining classy. Itís not overdone. Most barleywines of this magnitude are much too sweet and unbalanced. This brew reaches a new pinnacle. This beer has gone where no beer has gone before. Much more English in style exhibiting flavors of toffee, butterscotch, coconut, and a hint of cherry. Big on Bourbon. Love this brew. I feel a TRUMP card cominí on. Bamn!
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is dark copper/amber with a small yellow head, some retention/lace. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, coconut, light cocoa. Taste is moderately sweet; bourbon, coconut, vanilla, caramel, light booziness. Palate is lightly sticky, oily, boozy finish. Good.