danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from a 22 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a deep amber hue with a very clear body. The aromas are creamy vanilla, silky smooth bourbon, and some fruity booze. The flavors are strong with the vanilla bean, some sweet bread, and bourbon with a touch of french oak. There is a booziness to it at times that isnít bad but could use some rounding. The mouth is really smooth. Great brew. Keep them coming Firestone.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the SF Barleywine fest at Toronado. Deep brown pour with a small white head. Very sweet for a barleywine, full of vanilla and a bunch of hop goodness as well. Nice molasses as well and some oaky goodness. Extremely tasty and so damn smooth!
italarican (1516) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Triad bottle share at Foothills organized by Mike. Awww yeah. Luscious toffee and bourbon notes with some syrupy vanilla extract. Moderately smoky and surprisingly dry for a barleywine (in a good way).
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Might be one of the best beers iíve ever had, iíd quite possibly punch my mom for another drank. Huge milk chocolate flavor, no noticable heat, body was thick enough to hold the flavor, thin enough not to be cloying, somewhat one note, but depth to the chocolate flavor and roast. iíd say its the west coast sexual chocolate.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
THOUGHTS: Delicious. Definitely a sipper. Very woody. It would probably age incredibly well. Hid alcohol content very well for the high ABV. It was like a more easily accessible Sam Adams Utopias. This was one bad-a$$ barley wine. It went nice with Reeses Peanut Butter Eggs. Bonus point for being better than the sum of itís parts.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark, brownish red that was nearly dark brown in the glass witha small, beige head that fully diminished. The aroma had heavy molasses and caramel; hints of chocolate; lighter coffee; light citrus; wood; toffee; brown sugar; vanilla; hints of licorice; bourbon; coconut; pineapple; and when warmer, light grain and cereal. The intial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, slightly acidic and light to moderately bitter with an average to long duration. There was wood, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, coconut, caramel, a little chocolate syrup, hints of coffee, brown sugar, light citrus hops, cocoa, maple syrupy, molasses, hints of tropical fruit, even slight toffee, black cherry, and slight grain and cereal when warmer. The medium to full body was sort of silky but also syrupy and a little sticky on the lips with soft carbonation and a lightly dry and light to moderately alcoholic finish.
mikedR (1491) - 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.
DavoleBomb (1487) - 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
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle as Abacus, this is a big sweet thick syrupy beer, tons of vanilla and cherry, like cherries jubilee to me, but thick.. i mean that is the thing iíll always remember, and the 13.5% wow.
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@Home. Very boozy aroma, raisin, caramel aroma. Deep red, small beige head, no lace. Sweet, hint of fruity sourness, bitterness?, caramel,. toffee, raisin, complex. Full, sticky. Wonderful.
charule (1471) - Chicago, Illinois, 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.