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 I’ve had. Definitely looking forward to seeing what happens to this beer with some time on it. Thanks once again Justin!
olr1984 (733) - 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.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beer Heaven in Philly. Pours a ribbon of silky onyx with chestnut highlights under a rich dark tan head. Aroma of molasses, butterscotch and lightly roasted coffee. Big, sweet, rich butterscotch flavor right up front that blends with toffee, milk chocolate, plums and other dark fruits all atop a hearty malty center. Creamy mouthfeel and a long, sweet, pleasing finish. Wonderfully complex but deceptively drinkable, especially with such a high ABV.
kathouse (726) - Nevada, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear red ale with no head to speak of. Caramel malts with a little alcohol aroma. Good body and carbonation. Sweet toffee with a noticeable bite. Finish has some dried red fruit. Sweet on the palate before dried up by the alcohol.
Steasy66 (713) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Abacus bottle. Garnet with lacy white head. Somewhat muted nose or sweet malt and bourbon barrel. Taste is nice and sweet with strong barrel. Low carbonation and nice body.
thetmaxx (712) - West Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 27, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a snifter glass. Aroma is slightly alcohol. Flavor is malty, chocolate, vanilla. Palate is nice, I really wanted to mention the whiskey after taste and heat that gently comes back up and warms you. This is great as I don’t really drink many barley wines I don’t have to much to compare to, but I love it!
Thisis12ptfont (711) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of oak, maple, brown sugar and yeast. Deep, murky brown color with almost no foam. Strong burnt caramel, burnt sugar, toasted oak, maple and roasted cocoa characteristics. Finish leaves a big boozey burn with thick notes of dark fruits and syrupy molasses. Overall, sipping beer indeed. Very well rounded with assertively complex flavors and heavy alcohol on the finish. I like it, it’s really strong and well done.
CampesinoTino (690) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber. Pours a dark copper and mahogany color with a half-inch of crème brûlée foam. Lots of potently strong and sweet bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak and black cherry notes round out the aroma. The flavor starts with a heavy dose of caramelized sugars, dark fruits (candied dates, figs, raisins) and toffee before the bourbon, oak and booze kick in. Also in the mix are some coconut, plum and cocoa flavors. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium-bodied with soft carbonation and a final blast of sweet bourbon in the finish. Overall, one of the top barrel aged English style Barley Wines and an ideal sipping beer to savor.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 release, new name, same beer. Bottle pours clear reddish brown with no head. Aromas are faint, and a a little booze and some wood. Taste is chocolate, booze, oak, caramel, some fruit like raisin or black cherry, and vanilla. Very complex, very delicious. Not overly sweet or dry, not overly hopped. The complexity really makes this beer. Body is medium and a bit thin, but the beer is viscous and pretty highly carbonated. Overall, a delicious beer that is great as a sipper.
Westchesterco (683) - mclean, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of bourbon and dried fruit. Appearance of cola brown. Taste Of caramel and overtones of bourbon. Long on the palate a sweet taste