iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Firey red/orange, minimal head. . . Sweet candied alcohol, strawberries, sweet white grapes. Dry and spicey on the tongue, very similar palate to a dry reisling or pinot griego. Finish is more like beer, slitly bitter, with some raisin malt and grapes, also a very pleasing strawberry flavour and a wonderful balance of malts.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Chicago Barrel Aged Beer Festival. Aroma of pineapple, peaches, dry grain and alcohol. Very soft and slightly sweet flavor. Oak and winey grapes become apparent in the flavor. It's sort of odd to me, aging beer in Napa Valley wine barrels, but it was surprisingly good.
popery (1448) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
5th Annual Bistro BA Festival. I’ve tried this at past Toronado fests and, as someone who loves English barleywines and restrained barrel-aging, it’s one of my very favorite barleywines. This version was particularly interesting as it probably spent a bit less time in the barrel than what they send to Toronado. The flavor is enormous with tons of sugar cane, vanilla, caramel, figs, sweet rum and mild bourbon. It’s relatively sweet but wonderfully smooth. In my opinion, the sweetness is just right for the round, full flavor. Mouthfeel is never cloying but fairly thick. Appearance is dark amber, transparent, with a small head. Marvelous stuff.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear auburn brown, rim of a head. aroma is alcohol, bourbon and woody. taste is sweet. slightly numbing palate.
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hard Liver 2010 - named the winner at the festival. Deep red pour with a small head, dissipating to a pretty little ring of bubbles. Powerful oak notes, with bourbon and vanilla on the nose. Smells a little hot, but the flavor really does pull through on this one. Lots of wood, but not bourbon - more like fresh-cut oak. I really feel like this is what Angels Share should taste like. It has the complexity (toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, some fruit, etc.) - but isn’t quite as much of a punch-you-in-the-face palate bomb. Really good.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Amber, sweet, fruity, malty, bit tart, bourbon, wood, vanilla.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Holy shit this is awesome. big Bourbon nose with brandy and sherry pretentions.I would guess Woodfrords reserve bourbon Just amazing.Almonds and cashews with plums and apricots caramel and pralines. Truly amazing.
neepsntatties (1229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had the ’09 of this on tap at the Hard Liver Fest in Seattle last weekend. Colour... garnet-amber with no head. Nose... soy, mustard and bittersweet chocolate brownies. Palate... lots of dark chocolate, mildly sweet, malty, grainy, burnt brown sugar and a medium length finish.
bvc (1160) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft from the teet. Dark caramel ruby with little head. Biscuit, prune...sweet and not overly complex. Prune, bread, brown sugar, raisins, toasted oak...again, nothing here that rocks me. I’ve had this at hardliver, wasn’t impressed, and now at the source and still wasn’t impressed. No flaws, but this is middle of the road barleywine.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft, Hard Liver, ’07 vintage. Dark brown pour, white head. Aroma is sweet and caramelly, with vanilla notes. This has a huge, yet subtle flavor. Has the characteristic barley wine sweet caramel and toffee, with sticky raisin notes and vanilla. Overall this is one the sweet side, but is balanced out by light earthy and grassy hop bitterness and pronounced oakiness. This is very drinkable with no noticable alcohol harshness. Very nice, and certainly the most balanced barley wine I had today.