NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ What the Funk Denver 2014. Pours an orange / copper appearance with a thin light brown head. Rich caramel and toffee nose. Pretty sweet. Some white fruits (apples / pears) in the aroma as well. Fairly boozy and kind of sweet. Body is a touch thin. Lots of caramel and light chocolate. Pretty good but not nearly as good as Bourbon Abominable.
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Clear copper pour with a tiny, white head. The aroma is a well-integrated assortment of caramel, toffee and brown sugar accompanied by a splash of orange liqueur. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and gentle carbonation. The flavor is a lovely intermingling of gooey caramel and dark, sweet port. Smooth as silk with no rough edges. Lengthy, malty-sweet finish. Thanks to 50belair for sharing this fantastic, world class, English-style barley wine!
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz black waxed bomber courtesy of riversideAK, thanks again Alex! This pours with a mahogany colored body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up malts and smooth sweet estery prunes and dates and then a pleasing mix of molasses and soft smooth sweet bourbon. Wow! The taste is smooth rich goodness with molasses, malts and then brown sugar stewed prunes and dates and ripe dark red cherries. It then gets into a smooth sweet bourbon goodness as the finish approaches creating a terrific depth and balance to this stellar sipper of a beer. Love it.
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown pour. Wispy beige head. Nice sweet barleywine. Toffee, apples, pears, sugar cookies, brown sugar. Not bad.
SudsMcDuff (5658) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hey there tasty cakes, give me a pour of them shakes .. . pours a deep brown .. mild head, good spots of lacing .. . rounded booziness .. mild fruit and sherry and cooked molasses .. . quite a tasty barleywine .. . . call know! this product works!
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting barley wine. Texture is thick, smooth, slippery, and mildly carbonated. Murky brown appearance with a thin head. Alcohol is hidden well up front, but it slowly builds in the back of the throat. Overall, it’s definitely on the sweet side, with syrupy elements of caramel, apple sauce, toffee and maple syrup. Lesser notes of wood, bourbon and vanilla. Herbal hop bitterness is mild. Very flavorful and pleasant -- albeit a bit too sweet for me.
luttonm (2069) - Belgrade, SERBIA - DEC 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brouwer’s. Caramel-mahogany pour, lacing gray head. Juicy sweet aroma, red fruit and figs. alcohol is well hidden behind sticky sugar. Big dried fig fruitiness . Great BW, leathery, dark red fruit skin.
Prufrockstar (678) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Bigwood - from notes. Dark pour, no head. Aroma: hops there - evergreen, prunes, anise, dark fruits and booze. Taste: boozy; medicinal; pine needles meet orange in the finish. Lots of spruce. Palate: full body, soft carbonation, thick slick texture. Overall: okayish. I’m not sure what to make of this, really - not stoked about it as it is, but based on discussions with friends this may be a palate / age / bottle vs draft thing.
Smurf2055 (1293) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours murky, dark brown. Small off white head.
Smell big prune and red fruit, bit of light, sweet bourbon
Taste sweet, almost spicy like cinnamon, sweet red fruit
Pretty solid. May have faded a bit since the release.
mcberko (5361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe for Big Wood 2013, pours a murky dark mahogany with a one-finger beige head. Aroma of whiskey barrels, some oxidation, caramel and bready malts. Flavour brings out loads of caramel, shitloads of residual sugar, and a little barrel character. Super cloyingly sweet, despite a very complex flavour profile. For my taste, this is way too cloying, but I appreciate the complexity. Leaves a finishing note of aniseed. Way too sweet.