chrisv10 (11130) - DENMARK - SEP 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Brown/red with tiny off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel and toffee. Flavour is fruit, caramel, sweet, little rip fruit, toffee, hops, oak, dark fruits and a little bitter.
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear brown pour with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and booze. Flavor starts with English toffee and cherry, then moves to sweet caramel and bourbon before a malty chocolate finish.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample. Rating #225. Clear dark brown pour with a thin head. Sweet caramel aroma, light hop aroma. Dark fruits, light bitterness and full on joy, real freaking nice. (2025)
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled, thanks to SS, dense walnut color with some thin foam ring, looks very big and boozy, great aroma of maple syrup, waffle malts, hot alcohol, flavor is oaky malt , whiskey cake, lots of brown sugar, slight cherry finish with more alcohol, another nice FW
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a ruby tint and just small amount of tan head. Smell: A huge malt profile, toffee, chocolate, some cherry, vanilla, caramel and booze. Caramel, chocolate, toffee, vanilla with a touch cherry. Palate is thick and coating with a long malty booze and cherry finish.
48FanInCali (725) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2014 2011 bottle enjoyed around release time. Brownish copper pour with streaks of white head and lacing. Nose of caramel, toffee, malt, and all of the usual BW suspects. Taste adds vanilla, and darker fruits. Slight bitterness that will likely go away with time. Good BW.
Updated - cracked a 2011 on 4/7/14. Aging has not really added anything to this beer. If anything it has maybe lost some of its original sharp tasting notes. Now that I have had several BA BWs I find this to be a bit thin in comparison.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to PintPlease.
Appearance : Deep clear amber with small white head.
Aroma : Big sweet malt with fruity hops. Light resinous notes. Very light oxidation maybe. Light licorice.
Taste : Licorice with sweet fruity plums and raisins. Awesome caramel with some resinous hops. Finish has a lot of raisins with light resinous hops. Not much alcohol.
Overall : Wow this was good. Awesome sweetness balanced with the resinous hops ans the light alcohol. Delightful caramel. The Bourbon is not very present but adds to the complexity and to the richness. Very well balanced and very tasty. My kind of Barley Wine.
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.
Chipalsa (1309) - Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crrrazy brew thanks to OmegaX. It pours a nice ruby body, and a nice plush off-white head that is very appealing. Aromas of cherries, molasses, cocoa, bourbon and vanilla entice the senses - quite the complex scent. With a mouthful of caramel, chocolate, cherries and brown sugar, this brew is complex and intense as it warms up. Finishes with a hint of wood and bitter/dry hops, the palate is complete on this one. Yay.
wedgie9 (1937) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Abacus 2011 Version
Tasted on 3/7/12 from a 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Sun Devil. Pours an opaque dark amber with a thin tan head that leaves thin, even lace. The nose is dominated by caramel, toffee, coconut, and vanilla bourbon, with tons of oak, and a touch of sweet, wet tobacco and unidentifiable fruits. The flavor is just the same, with the dark fruits and wet tobacco, moving to caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut, and oaky bourbon. The body is full and oily with just lighter than average carbonation and a long caramel, toffee, and oaky bourbon finish. At 13% alcohol, this beer is scary drinkable.