MrBeerFanatic (787) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from henrietta store, 17$. Pours a dark amber looking similar to maple syrup without the syrup. Head fades rather quick. Aromas of coconut, whiskey, cherry, bourbon, and a little cake. When going down the hatch, the alcohol comes through upfront almost strong. The coconut, cherry, caramel and oak/whiskey come through mostly. Little notes of vanilla as well. The alcohol really burns through the nose with sips so the smaller the sip the better, as it will be harder to enjoy and find the complexities. Medium sweet with almost no aftertaste and nothing that lingers. The oak/whiskey flavors are more subdued here. This is a malty brute that should be aged to enjoy it as it should be enjoyed. Bottled 1-5-12.
pdx77 (784) - Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Apex. Very sweet (in a good way) with Bourbon overtones. Long pleasant aftertaste.
ICEatALAMO (783) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
'12 vintage bottle. The pour is a deep copper with little head. The aroma is strong of bourbon with hints of toffee. The taste is big sweet booze upfront. Mellows out a bit throughout the drink. Gives a nice warming effect, a good sipping beer.
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murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at CL Rosso Batch 3 Release. Pours clear brown. Aroma is oaky, roasted malt, spice, wood. Taste is caramel and dark fruit. Very tasty.
thome50 (769) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is for Sucaba. Was lazy and never rated Abacus from bottle or tap. On tap at the brew house. Pours a black to deep brown with next to no head. Toffee, dark chocolate, bourbon and coconut in the nose. Taste is coconut, dark chocolate, some cherry and a light earthy note that I canít place and donít remember from the past batch. Overall, bourbon forward barleywine that I wish had more hop profile being as "young" as you can really get.
AndyReynolds (767) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at DLD. I get Bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, sweet malts, caramel, and some other sweet candy aromas. Nice oak presence, but not over powering. Great beer.
574deadzone (759) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
An awesome surprise. 2012 vintage. Pours a deep reddish-brown with a thinner khaki head. Nose involves huge dark fruit notes, notably plum, with lots of vanilla and oak toast, some faint pine and herbal hops, molasses, raisin, and date bread. Very sweet flavor, quite bitter still also. Rich body, warm, heavier, syrupy, oily, viscous, soft carb, tingly, with a long warm whiskey finish. Absolutely world class brew, great combo of bourbon barrel and barleywine. This could easily sit for 2 or 3 more years and still be great. Fantastic experience.
jcweaver (740) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small, tan head. Great aroma of coconut, caramel, charred wood, dark fruit and light whiskey. Flavors of coconut, dark fruit, wood, char, caramel, whiskey and light tobacco. Thick and a little sweet but tempered by a light bitterness. Similar finish with stronger wood and booze notes. Awesome barley wine.
sfontain (736) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 vintage, Brandonís house, split 4 ways. Thanks, Ryan. Sweet Jesus, this was a killer good beer. Giant, boozy, malty, oaky, tobacco, and a "swear-on-your-motherís-life real" caramel finish. Sweet, bitter, dark fruit. Vanilla, oak, whisky, I laughed, I cried. World. Fucking. Class.
mattyb83 (734) - Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from thome50 via a trade. Drinking this while at a conference for math educators with some other nerds. Pour is cola brown with a nice khaki head head. Sweet aroma. Some vanilla, brown sugar, raisins, and some booze. Complex flavors. Sweet with vanilla, raisins, figs, touch of chocolate, and some booze towards the finish. Slight oak presence in the finish. Probably one of the best, if not the best barley wine Iíve had. Definitely looking forward to seeing what happens to this beer with some time on it. Thanks once again Justin!