tectactoe (1489) - Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle / 2013 / Batch 003] Muddled, almost completely opaque dark-ish brown & rusty copper body, capped with a small, off-white & beige tinted film that transcends neatly to a thin collar. Aroma is quite complex, standard barrel aged barley wine notes of raisins, booze-soaked dates, bourbon lathered oak staves, mild vanilla, rustic caramel, sweet black cherries, burnt toffee, & prunes smothered in a sweet, lightly burnt, brown sugar glaze. Definitely lots going on, commanding presence. Taste is the same, with lots of bourbon & oak soaked notes of dark fruit; prunes, raisins, dates, & a touch of licorice. Hints of maple mid-palate with a barrel induced vanilla presence, warm caramel, a mildly tannic finish, & a wispy note of anise left on the tongue. More prunes, raisins, & bourbon covered dark fruits as the beer warms up with a more boisterous bourbon presence & a big, balancing, brown sugar sweetness throughout. Sticky, warm, thick. This is definitely a monstrous barrel aged barley wine & a damn fine one at that... but I still think it may be slightly overpraised. I’ve definitely had more enjoyable -bal BW’s.
Dfonorow (1349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is very dark brown with a very small white head. Aroma of roasted malts, oak, and bourbon, but it is faint. Flavor is chocoalte, vanilla, coconut, tobacco, caramel, and booze. Finish is hot.
jandd1983 (2505) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at ESBLS. It poured a dark amber brown color with a off-white head. The aroma was of bourbon, cherry, vanilla, oak, coconut and roasted malts. The taste was of vanilla, oak, coconut, cherry, plum, chocolate and roasted malts. Just awesome.
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottling - Pours bronze with a reddish hue and a small beige head. The aroma has toffee, oak, English earthiness, sweet maltiness, candy aspects, caramel, dark fruits, alcohol, chocolate and some vanilla. It has a full thick rich body with a bit of a bit and only a little bit of semi-sharp carbonation remaining. The flavor begins with caramel, lots of charred wood/oak, vanilla, raisins, dates, alcohol, coconut, toasted malt and earthy British yeastiness. The finish has some toffee, bread and sweet malt added to the mix. Coconut aspect increases as it warms. Very nice barleywine.
bigda83 (122) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to snifter. Pours a deep brown with a red tint. Minimal head that faded quickly. Aroma of bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, dark cherries, and some vanilla. Taste was a little sweet, but not in a bad way. Reminded me of chocolate covered cherries dipped in a nice bourbon. This is a sipper and you can feel the 13% creep up on you. Very tasty.
SirLimpsalot (2066) - SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@Basunen: tycker att doften är ganska lite för diskret. Smaken är ok men tydlig malt, torkat frukt, alkohol, lite vinös och en tydlig eftersmak.
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Howlader (696) - - JUL 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large format bottle served in a tulip glass. I thought it was too boozy, but I think it would be better if it had a year on it.
VictorStr (1230) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ Mikkeller and Friends. Hel del choklad och en del kokos. Lite vanilj och kokos i smaken.
Stuu666 (1636) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, lots of sweet toffee and vanilla, fruity berries.
Holmen1 (2293) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fra fad på Mikkellerfriends, Stefansgade juli-14: hold på hatte, her stiger en intens aroma av svisker, mørk sjokolade, like mørke krisebær, kokos og vanilje. Like intens smak, hver minste munnfull nytes til det ytterste. Eksepsjonelt rund og fristende, fristende. Mersmak i høyeste potens. Her gjelder det å mobilisere viljestyrken hvis man skal komme seg uskadet hjem gjennom parken. Minneverdig.
cafgen (121) - California, USA - JUL 1, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Deep brown color with almost no head. Aroma is roasted malt, some hops, caramel, brown sugar, breadines and a lot of alcohol. Taste is sweet roasted malt with alcohol present big time. A beer a didn't enjoy cause I don't like beers with a smell or taste of alcohol really present.
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