jbeatty (947) - New York, USA - APR 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 04/16/2012. Pours ruby-tinged brown, short-lived beige head, thin lacing. Prominent wood and bourbon in the nose, caramel vanilla with coconut, wrapped around dark bread malts, touch of chocolate and dark fruits, subtle tartness. Taste is also barrel dominated, big coconut and molasses, dark grains and dried fruit, spicy character, bourbon vanilla booze to finish. Full palate, silky and bordering on creamy, long aftertaste, alcohol doesn’t detract. Pretty great barley wine here.
ansalon (946) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a reddish twist. Nose is caramel, honey, figs, dates, raisins, muscovado sugar. Taste is caramel, honey, dates, figs, raisins, brandy, toasted wood, vanilla... Aftertaste is long and well-balanced with caramel, butterscotch, oak. Fantastic!!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mikedR (930) - 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.
cstuartj (928) - Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, in a sniffer, amazing dark ruby color with a tiny thin head that leaves a ghost of a lacing. Mind blowing nose, cherry, oak, coconut, hits of alcohol. Mind blowing taste, my bartender (female) said "toasted coconut mouth sex, morphing into a pseudo chocolate covered cherry", can’t say it better myself. Yumm...
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at DLD. Dark brown pour with some bright ruby highlights and a thin film of tan foam. The aroma had burnt caramel and chocolate with pitted fruits. The flavor was all over the place. Chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla and oak, maybe a bit of molasses. A bit boozy. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and had minimal carbonation. A cool experiment, but this beer seemed to have a hard time finding it’s identity.
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is bright caramel apple, vanilla, oak. Woah. This is beautiful!
Taste is caramel, vanilla, strong, woodsy oak chips, booze, and faded piny hops.
Finish is sweet, slightly bitter hops, vanilla astringency, caramel, and some burnt sugar.
hapjydeuce (922) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Somehow my initial rating of this beer... "ABACUS" was not carried over a few years ago when the beer was renamed. I’ve had this on tap at past Strong Ale Festivals in Carlsbad, as well as previous bottled versions. A damn good BA barely wine overall. Bottle version has a deep, clear amber color with light carbonation resulting in some lacing. Aroma is coconut, rum cake, bourbon, smoke and wood. Flavor leans sweet with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, caramelized brown sugar and bourbon. Transitions to medium bitterness with smoke, tobacco and oak barrel. Smooth, warming alcohol finish. Wonderful palate with the right balance of carbonation sting and oily high gravity coating. A great sipping beer and it ages really well.
olr1984 (918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle pours a dark hazy brown with very small head. Big bourbon and oak aromas. Vanilla oak boozy dark chocolate taste. great beer taste better as it warms.
hockeybeerguy (910) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance is dark brown (almost black) with light red highlights around the edges, one finger white foamy head slowly concaves and clings to the sides of the chalice, some light clingy lacing spider webs a bit but falls eventually.
The smell has the bourbon up front - very powerful with some charred oak, vanilla, black licorice, light tobacco, light chocolate, and light raisins.
The taste is mainly sweet and sticky through the previously mentioned flavors, light caramel coming out. There is some sweet sticky aftertaste with a sweet dry finish.
On the palate, its about a medium to heavy, not sessionable - this is one to be sipped as the alcohol is felt pretty well. There is an adequate carbonation as well.
Overall, this is a very well done beer that I would love to have again.
arone12 (907) - Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmmm this one is amazing. Pours a mahogany color with a thin head. Heavy smell of bourbon, sugar and hops. Taste is very delicious. Molasses and brown sugar with some hops. Lots of bourbon. Such a great taste. Lovin’ it.