OmegaX (1256) - Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a nice brew, thanks to NorCalgrowler for this one. Aromas consist of a lot of vanilla, some brandy and bourbon, cherries, alcohol, light molasses. This one pours out a nice brown body with ruby accents and a khaki head. Sweet. Taste wise, this one is insanely appealing with loads of bourbon, caramel, molasses, butterscotch, dark fruits, and chocolate. A fine BA barley wine that everyone needs to try at least once! Cheers!!
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well my rating just got erased by my phone so my review is going to suck. This was really complex and tasty. The bourbon barrel is very outstanding. Nice vanilla finish. Sweet and rich and thick on the palate. Very nice beer here.
patrickfannon (1240) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 22 oz. Split with Sean and Vinnie on Memorial Day. Courtesy of Vinnie. Pours a dark bloody ruby maroon with a two-finger off-white head. Lacing is minimal, and after awhile, it dissipates and leaves a clean, flat surface. Aroma is heavy on dark chocolate, ripe cherries, vanilla, lightly roasted malts, molassess, and some slight grapey, yeasty notes. Rich, velvety body with a sort of loose, well-rounded mouthfeel. Almost chewy and yet very juicy. Finishes with a slight burn and bit of roasty cocoa flavor. Very nice barley wine, but this tastes much more like an American strong ale.
mikedR (1239) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice barley wine. Hides the ABV quite well, which is no small feat for 12.5%. A little syrupy mouthfeel, with a bit of bourbon overtones, and some fruit notes. I like it.
manuchampions (1237) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml bottle split with McBerko. Pours a ruby brown with almost no head. Gorgeous aroma, mixed dried fruit, some wood. Amazing taste of aged fruit, caramel malt but not too sweet, booze is very well worked. Fantastic!
sthlm (1231) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle, generously shared by Guerde. Old rating--was still Abacus at this point] Pours reddish-brown with no head. Aroma has a blast of coconut with a good dose of vanilla as well. Taste is coconut, chocolate, and alcohol comes out as it warms. Medium mouthfeel. Nicely done, and although my rating may not reflect it, the barrel was not overpowering and actually integrated quite nicely. Thanks, Andy!
neepsntatties (1209) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on tap at the Hard Liver fest in Seattle last weekend. Colour... carmelized brown sugar with no head. Nose... caramel and stone fruits. Palate... fairly frothy, nicely boozy, sweetly coating, plenty of Scottish toffee, burnt sugar, dark caramel, sailor jack and Christmas cake, with a very long finish.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2011. Aroma has notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, dark dried fruits. Dark brown that sits almost black in the sniffer. No head and no lace. This beer looks like flat coke. Flavor is very sweet. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Overall a good bourbon bomb Barley Wine that smells and tastes great but looks like shit.
deekyn (1201) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- pours a burnt red with a thin egg shell white head and faint lacing.
S- pungent aromas of brown sugar, molasses, pie crust, dark fruits, grainy malts, whiskey, tonic, cider, vanilla and oak tannins.
M- medium body with medium to heavy palate with a good carbonation and tackiness.
T- strong notes of cider, alcohol, chocolate liqueur and malts at first. Grains, oak, molasses, vanilla and toffee next. Ending is a little dry and efficient with notes of cocoa, dark fruits, stinging alcohol and mineral water.
Beerathon (1187) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Smells of bourbon, warming alcohol finish, dark fruit flavors, some oak notes, chocolate, slightly bitter. A lot going on here.