gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish brown in color with a bubbly tan head. Sweet marzipan, lots of dark bready notes. Taste has similar notes, bready sweetyness, some vinous notes as well. Smooth and rich tasting as well throughout the whole time.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toronado Barleywine Fest. Pours dark brown, bourbon, wood, vanilla, malty, caramel.
hackobock (1300) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at SBWF. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma has heavy malt, caramel, smooth chocolate, bourbon, cherries, dark fruits, light alcohol. Taste is medium bitter with a smooth malty backbone, dark berries and very light acidic cherries as well. Medium smooth body, light sticky carbonation.
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hard Liver 2010. Crazy dark pour - a bit of red showing through a really deep brown. Small head - really pretty. Nuts and fruits in an explosion of flavor in this one. Deep roasted caramel malts and bourbon/vanilla, with a great hoppy finish - almost too much on the finish - this one ends seriously bitter given how thick it is. Itís a bit hot, but clean. Tasty, for sure.
beernbourbon (1297) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at itap. Pour is darker than most barleywines. Itís deep dark brown with a thin ring of tan foam. Aroma is amazing. Loaded with toffee malt, caramel, vanilla, molasses, coconut, faint chocolate, and light spicy notes. Thankfully, the flavor is very true to the aroma with loads of toffee malt, caramel, vanilla, light coconut, faint tobacco, and a light fruitiness. Alcohol is almost non-existent. This is really exceptional. I had to have 2.
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Jeffo
Colour: somewhat dark redish amber
Smell: some wheats, sweet, little bit of coconut, lots of oak and vanilla
Taste: start is very smooth with beautifful balance between sweetness and the hints and flavour of the barrels, very very nice !
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with notes of dried fruits (think plum and raisin). The palate shows off the abv but also give serious depth to the bourbon and vanilla flavors from the char of the barrel. You get some deep fruit hints here as well such as plums and dried figs.
haukur (1282) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark rusty red. Huge nose of vanilla and tobacco. Very oaky, but sweet and bitter at the same time. awesome
rxeight (1281) - Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark crimson color. Nose of bourbon and vanilla with sweet hard cand. Perfect blend of bourbon and barley wine. Nice barley wine finish. Pleasantly suprised. This is good stuff.
williamherbert (1281) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Boozy with notes of dates, chocolate dusting, Bourbon & strong coffee. Strong and chock full of alcohol. The stone fruits and chocolate really mesh well. Slick and oily feel.