ineptbeerman (3) - Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tastes delicious, like stuff i like to put in my mouth. Makes me feel warm and happy, like a hug.
ElManana (1086) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBBSG, thanks for sharing JefVerstraete. Bourbon, chocolate, malts, warming. Good strong beer.
solidfunk (5181) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lighter on the barrel than the barrel aged dark star. Pours black with decent head and lacing. Roast and some nutmeg. Lots of caramel, and some other spices. A little on the syrupy side for my liking. Very sweet boozy finish. Tap at meridian pint.
mbgrayson (617) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JUN 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours super dark, with a tan head. Rich carmelly notes of wood, bourbon, and vanilla added to dark roasty chocolaty malt flavor. Very complex yet still quite drinkable. Thumbs way up!
GenDV138 (3245) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4 oz pour on draft at Meridian Pint for the Founders/Fremont SAVOR event. Shared by solidfunk, thanks! Black with tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, chocolate. Tastes of bourbon, chocolate, oak, roast. Full body with a dry finish. Nice.
devman171 (1217) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark thick brown.. aroma is vanilla and rich toffee. taste is smooth with a nice toffee and bitter bite, smooth booze and light spice
cpetrone84 (1679) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is black with a good bit of camel colored head and some large bubbles. Nose is really nice, tons of rich wood and bourbon that melds well with a rich dark chocolate cake malt, a light roast, and a bit of caramel. Flavor is very rich up front, body is very full. Bourbon is a bit stronger, still has a lot of rich cake like malt, dark chocolate, faint roast but not as balanced as the nose. Back end thins on the flavor, gets a hint empty in back, some malt sweetness comes in as it warms. Nose is great, flavor falls a touch short, still very nice.
jtclockwork (10663) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks Ferris. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of bourbon, wood, vanilla, cinnamon spices and chocolate - Full bodied.
djd07 (5897) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with medium frothy tan head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is caramel, bourbon, wood, vanilla, roast. Thick mouthfeel, rich malt, nice roast, chocolate, boozy finish, chewy, really impressive.
koleminer20 (983) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. We had the 2012 and 2013 vintages, this rating is the 2013). The pour is a nice dark black with a khaki ring of head and no lace. This pours almost like a stout. Really nice. The aroma is heavy on chocolate with an excellent bourbon note and a good vanilla. There is definitely some roasted malts and a healthy dose of caramel. The flavor is very similar. Some dark fruits poke through, followed by the chocolate malts, caramel, vanilla and a little molasses. The mouth feel is a tick lighter than I’d like, with a soft carbonation that’s great. It’s just a good barley wine.
77ships (5299) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to JefVerstraete! 655 ml. bottle sampled @ “Hot & Sweaty RBBSG 2015”. 2015 Version. Pours black with no head – way darker than I would expect from this style. Nose is thick bourbon with some light raisin, wood, light chocolate, touch spirit, chewy caramel malts,… Taste is vanilla, sugar, light booze, thick caramel mixed with molasses, light coffee, syrupy, candy, exotic sugar,… Thick & syrupy body. Not the best but highly satisfactory for sure.