hapjydeuce (986) - Carlsbad, 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.
tysongillmore (358) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pretty damn nice. Similar to Bourbon County Barleywine. Nice mellow flavors, caramel, toasted coconut, milk chocolate... Good shit.
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Countbeer (5616) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber: 2014 Vintage: Served in a taster:
Thin creamy layer of foam. Deep dark clear amber colored body.
Aroma is beautiful! Bourbon, caramel, fudge, raisin, vinous, some brown sugars, prunes, pudding, butterscotch, cookies, thick and rich! Beautiful!
Flavour has lots of wood and malt tones with caramel, fudge, bourbon, butterscotch, light nutty and alcoholic spice/cough syrup! Delicious!
Aftertaste is bitter, wood, light dry, bourbon, caramel and fudge...
Low carbo, creamy close to silky (light spicy) mouthfeel, full body.
RRistow12 (504) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours a dark beige with khaki head. Aroma is full of dark fruit, caramel, licorice, a little nutty. Taste...this beer is big! Very complex. So much going on it hard to describe. Moderate to heavily sweet. Flavors of raisin, plums, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, toffee, biscuits, maple syrup, bourbon. Overall an incredible barley wine.
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furthur (546) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - NOV 1, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Finally getting around to this, seems fitting. Bottle, deep brown beer skiff of almond colored foam, decent lace. Aroma raisin, vanilla, sweet cherries, cookies, milk chocolate, almonds, licorice. Taste is vanilla cream, yeah, ice cream, and bourbon, cookies, anise, oak, almonds, pretty sweet, but big vanilla, balanced by that almond and dark fruit and a hint of roastyness, Palate is rich and thick, carb subdued. This is not my style, but wow, this really is amazing! Pairing this with a cured goat cheese...just stop it! Really, how can I raise my rating?! But I must! Wow!
GlasgowTAD (841) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - OCT 25, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep red with a slight light-brown head which soon recedes. Aroma is caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla and slight bourbon. Taste is sweet caramel, toffee, malts, slight bitter cocoa, sweet coconut and some moderately tart red berry. Full bodied.
mrjez (194) - Osaka, JAPAN - SEP 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2015 edition, thanks to Maek at Osaka bottle share.
L: poured a murky off-brown with a small head.
S: a big bourbon whisky nose, supported by deep rich malt and a touch of sweetness.
T: again, very alcoholic, lots of whisky flavouring, a well-balanced sipper with some dark fruit and coming through.
F: great mouthfeel, heavy and warming yet smooth over the palate.
O: it was great to try this, pushing the style into more liqueur territory.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3566) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Firestone Walker Sucaba - bottle shared by Maek - thanks for helping me finally try this. It pours a deep reddish gold pour with a supremely malty caramel. Thebody is med-full while the flavor is oaky caramel and bready malts. This is delicious. Caramel and malts all the way.
WABeerFiend (351) - - SEP 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 edition. Poured into a chalice on 09.22.15. A: Bourbon, oak, brown sugar, and cherry. A: Thin off white foam recedes to a ring. Hazy deep dark red body. T: Oak, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, and cherry cough syrup dominate. Raisin and toasted coconut are subtle. All flavors are blended nicely. P: Somewhat oily with an astringent finish. O: There is a load of alcohol heat despite its age. If there was any hop profile, it’s gone now. This is a great entry point for someone who doesn’t like hoppy American style barleywines.
Maakun (2057) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at THT. Dark brown with small off white head. Sweet grains and malts, some light chocolate, lots of cognac, boozy, quite spicy. Very sweet and light boozy bitter finish. Full bodied. Very alcoholic but nice.
deanso (7200) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at September THT.
thin white head. Hazy amber pour. A very good barley wine.