Dunt (259) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks for being this Ethan! Have only had a small sip of this in passing at Dark Lord Day. Pours a ruddy brown in color, with a small off-white head. Nose smells slightly oxidized, but has a bunch of caramel, oak, vanilla, raisin, bourbon, and some light booze. Flavor is incredibly balanced and smooth, with a lot of the same themes as the nose. Specifically, caramel, vanilla, raisin, and bourbon. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, almost silky, nonexistent booziness, light carbonation...solid. Very good barleywine, think I might prefer this to M actually. Very happy to have a chance to try this again.
Lothore (454) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A- Pours a ruddy brown hue with a thin, light brown head that sticks around for quite a while.
S- Smell is intoxicating. Lots of dark fruit, raisin, oak, residual sweetness, caramel, brown sugar.
T- Taste is very oaky, dark fruits as in the nose rounded out by a huge brown sugar presence and a small hop bite. Hints of prickly well masked alcohol push through a little and round it out perfectly. Absolutely phenomenal.
M- Thick with medium carbonation.
D- This is VERY similar to another favorite of mine Central Waters BBBW. The deep fruit, oak and bourbon notes all come together so well.
gEUS (890) - Linden, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 660 ml bottle - kindly shared by Kraddel - thank you man! Very sweet aroma, subtle bourbon, oak, vanilla, cinnamon. Medium body with full round taste, slight sour notes. Taste is harsch bourbon with sweet raisins.
Re-rated after a tasting at Jeffo’s place. Compared to the Flossmoor Hi-Fi Rye 2010 and the Fireside Chat, I reviewed this one to 3.2 and lowered it with 0.3
kraddel (2433) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
thnx to mlefevre ! epic trade !!!
Pours dark brown , very small white foam .
Smells sweet , barleywine , not too much of the barrel
Taste is a very complex mixture of sweetness ( barleywine ) and oak , bourbon , very balanced .
but given its EXTREME status and being this expensive .... i dont know
Damico (2355) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It is damn smooth as I expected. Pours thick murky amber brown with a very small beige ring for a head. Aroma is smooth, not cuttingly sweet but more barrel maltiness and some aged yeast. Flavor brings super smooth creamy chocolates malts and some sweet smooth candy light toffee.
merc7186 (1739) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Brownish Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head, Mild Lacing
S: Honey, Bourbon, Sweet Dried Fruit
T: Bourbon, Sweet Fruit, Bready
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Boozy, Mildly Sweet
Overall, a really decent bourbon barleywine with a nice balanced taste.
orangesol (616) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Massive thanks to Al aka petesuphi for sharing this one with a few of us. I never thought I would even see a bottle of this, let alone drink it. Thanks again buddy!
A - Pours cloudy orangish brown with a nice one finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty trails of lace down the glass.
S - Smells of caramel and toffee, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, smooth bourbon and some very light woody oak. The aroma is intoxicating, with all of the flavors meshing very well together. Only a tiny bit of oxidation is detectable here.
T - Starts off with the strong sweetness made up of the caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar and molasses. Once the sweetness dies down the bourbon and oak help smooth it all out. There is so much going on yet it doesn’t overpower the palate in any way. Once it warms up the light oxidation becomes present here as well but it never really detracts from the other flavors, it mostly lurks at the end of each sip. Finish is sweet with some light heat, lingering on the palate long after the finish.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slick feel goes down easy. Goes a touch watery at the end of the glass, combined with the light oxidation this is probably the weakest part of this beer.
O - I really enjoyed this one. It has all of the flavors I like in my barley wines and the addition of the bourbon barrel aging has made this one even better. In this bottle at least, it has definitely begun to show its age but it is still an awesome bourbon BA barley wine. I would say you should drink it sooner rather than later.
SudsMcDuff (5658) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, blind sample .. . Pours a deep purple brown .. low foam .. . some burnt sugar, plum, and light salty damp bourbon barrel .. . very light mouth feel .. . amazed i got to try this but the age isn’t doing this any favours .. . . André van Duin - Jan Zak
brystmar (1112) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brad, you are far too generous. Shared at the Freetail release. Liquid caramel laced with hints of booze aroma. Traces of fruit, figs, bready, caramely malts. Mildly sweet, def not cloying. Low carb, silky body. Finishes a bit hot, soothing warmth. Wish I could've tried this fresher; as it stands now, I def prefer KH & Kuhnhenn BBBW. Thanks again Brad!
Experiment_Ale (653) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Freetail mega release. Thanks Brad for sharing this ridic beer. Aroma is big raison leather fig molasses. Taste is smooth smooth figs and sugar Carmel. Finish, medium smooth interesting and delicious.
jethrodium (357) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by cpferris. Huge thanks to Chad for sharing this rarity. Pours a dark copper brown with no head, just a couple of bubbles at the edge of the glass and no lacing. The aroma is lots of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. There is also some caramel and toffee as well as a hint of some oxidation and some light alcohol. The taste is sweet with toffee and caramel. There is also a lot of bourbon, some vanilla, oak, a bit of cherry and some plum. Just a hint of oxidation present. The finish is smooth with just a bit of alcohol and some lingering bourbon and caramel. Medium body. Low carbonation. This was quite good. All the flavors are well integrated. Certainly one of the better barley wine I have had, but there are a few others that are just as good.