Sean9689 (216) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 22oz copper-wax dipped bomber into tulip.
Thanks to a friend who brought this up to FFFís to split.
A - Pours dark red/copper/brown with a small off-white head. Mirky, but not overly so. No real lacing because of the small amount of head, but this doesnít bother me at all.
S - Yum! Bourbon, dark fruits, malt, a sweet alcohol nose in there as well.
T - Outstanding! This beer has aged well over the 9 months since purchase. The bourbon and sweetness of the dark fruits/malt combine into an epic brew. Itís not hot at all, just perfect for my tastes.
M - Medium bodied, very smooth, nice oily finish.
D - I wish I had another bottle to try again sometime but alas, this was my only chance to sample this one unless I get lucky in the future. An excellent BA Barleywine!
Serving type: bottle
Dunt (215) - 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.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Whoa, bottle opened by Huhzubendah at his place this weekend with some other fine beers. Poured into a wine glass.
There are some beers that you donít think you are going to ever sample or get, and then through some unknown mechanism of karma or generosity or both you find yourself holding a glass of Wooden Hell with a few other guys. It was an awesome experience and great night overall. Also, WH is the best barleywine Iíve ever had.
Beer is pretty dark brown, mostly clear with a thin off white head of small bubbles, not much retention but it leaves some lacing behind.
Aroma is very impressive. Sweet, sugar, caramel followed by some liquor / bourbon aromas. Some oakiness and mild vanilla. Very inviting aroma.
Beer is medium bodied, not very carbonated on the palate, overall the lead off is this nice candied flavor that fills the palate and balances the beer well with the mild bitterness at the finish. The early midpalate is a liquory / bourbon flavor that fills out the beer without making it boozy, really drinkable. Very balanced, very great. Even my wife liked it when she took a sip and she doesnít like barleywines at all.
Serving type: bottle
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark ruby with thin, off white head. Smells of oak, vanilla, fine bourbon, bread, caramel, brown sugar, and hop. Mouth is thin. Oak is very mellow with vanilla and caramel. Barrel aged perfectly, and way drinkable. Shame that the limit was 2 bottles. Buttery and sweet.
jamvin23 (162) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Actually won the opportunity to purchase on of the last few bottles at the KK realease. Pours dark brown with quick falling tan head. Aroma: BOURBON! and caramel. Flavors of bourbon, oak, caramel and definite alcohol finish. First bourbon barrel barley wine, I loved it!
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Finally! Thank you again Charles!
Two weekends of tastings that destroyed my wants list.
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Pours a cloudy caramel with thin tan head, decent lacing. Smell is what I imagined; toffee, malt, caramel, slight alcohol presence, and brown sugar. Taste is more of the nose, with a beautiful balance. The heat is still present at 2 years, but welcomed in a BA barleywine, almost expected. This is my favorite to date, I just wish I could have had a perfect storm next to it.
Serving type: bottle
Zinnamon (40) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! 2005, was on tap the day before DLD. wonderful aroma of oak, bourbon, and some sweetness. had this followed by a trip to FFF and prefered it over the BA Behemouth albeit not by much.
PeaceRich (24) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
nuts, caramel, alcohol, butterscotch, raisin, vanilla, woody, brown, hazy, minimal head, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
dreddy (17) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wooden Hell pours an attractive chestnut-amber body with a nice depth to the hazy hue. The manila head vanishes quickly, leaving a thin wisp of foam on top. Rich nutty caramel and toffee sweetness greets the nose, followed by earthy hops and dried fruit notes of fig and prune. A flash of boozy bourbon, but more subtle than most. No real signs of oxidation--I think itís safe to say this beer is holding up well.
The flavor is something to fawn over. Gooey caramel candies coat the palate; beneath that are layers of butterscotch and dusty chocolate crumbles. Booze tastes sharp and still quite green despite Wooden Hellís age. Whisky wood and vanilla linger on the finish, but the heat is nicely restrained. Carbonation is tight, making for a creamy mouthfeel that keeps the thick body in check. Both spritzy and vinous on the finish with a flash of alcohol. No overpowering heat, cloying sweetness, or laboriously thick body. Everything is in perfect balance in this beer. Amazing stuff, worth the hype. Thanks again Chuck (thickfreakness)!
mdfb79 (8) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2011 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
From 03/19/11 notes. HUGE thanks to Huhzubendah (BA) for sharing this one; thanks Matthew, never thought Iíd get to try this one! Served in a tulip.
a - Pours a somewhat clear medium-brown color with one inch of off white head and very light carbonation evident.
s - Smells of caramel malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some sweet molasses or sugar. Light oxidation evident but doesnít take anything away from the smell. Absolutely amazing smell.
t - Tastes of vanilla, caramel malts, oak, bourbon, tofee, and syrup/molasses to sweeten the taste a little bit. Again, the taste is amazing and perfect for a barleywine.
m - Medium body and low carbonation. The body is super smooth and creamy, and no real hotness from the bourbno at all. Felt like I could have drank a whole bottle by myself, and would want to.
d - I was a little afraid that this one wouldnít live up to the hype, but it really did. I enjoy barleywines quite a bit and love MoaS, and this one was much better in my opinion; itís one of the best beers Iíve ever had. The smell and taste were such a great combination of caramel, vanilla, and bourbon, and the mouthfeel was perfect. Very glad I got to try this one.