Duhast500 (413) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 27, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had this at Stevie D’s in Cumberland for a Rhode Island BA meet up.
Poured from the tap into a Goose Island sipping glass.
The color is a dark black with no highlights. There is a finger of foamy brownish head with no lacing left on the glass.
The smell is strong oak aroma with hints of vanilla. There is a smoky aroma that is from the char in the barrel. The aroma just fills the nose with character is a lingering, holding that oak barrel smell for a while.
The taste is vanilla with a dark cherry and oak flavor. There is a deep boozy flavor that is very reminiscent of whiskey but has a nice malty finish. Hops are there but they give to the strong barrel flavor. There is a presence of dark fruit, blackberries and boysenberries are just hidden around the edges at this beer’s flavors continue after finishing eat sip.
The feel of this beer is big as expected and feels like it needs to be handled with two hands. This beer is meant to sipped and not rushed through. There is some nice smooth feel to this beer but still heavy and is best enjoyed being sipped and savored. Character is the best name for this beer. It will stay with you for some time and you’ll be enjoying it even after the beer is gone.
skortila (4482) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled @ Zeebra#2. Small 10cl sample. The aroma is pretty weak. Dark brown coloured beer with a thin, off-white head. The beer is pretty dark for a barley wine. The taste is sweet, has raisin, hint of chocolate, vanilla, alcohol. Some carbonation. Full bodied. Disappointing.
Habanero (2563) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours clear and deep brown with a small, lacing, off-white head. Aroma of roasted, chocolate, wood,vanilla and bourbon. Very sweet lavor that ends upmore dry with alcohol. Medium to full bodied, creamy to syrupy textute and flat carbonation. A world class brew.
Chalsk (1064) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour at a Damico tasting. Pours a hazy amber brown color with light tan soapy head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Sweet creamy toffee, caramel taste. Very tasty.
Damico (2557) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours unclear thick burnt candy apple amber with a beige head. Aroma brings a delicious caramel bar enhanced by sweet and smooth malts. Flavor brings sweet candy malts, not too sweet by any means, and a smooth creamy body with notes of toffee/caramel. So so delicious whether fresh or 11 months old.
pdx77 (1328) - Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at ABV Public House. Clear deep amber brown color. Aroma is boozy bourbon, flambé caramel, stickey toffee, and oak. Taste is bittersweet citrus, plum, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, oak, and bourbon. A great barleywine with some sweet components that push it over the top.
Sarlacc83 (710) - Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Douglas. Thanks!
A: Dark mahogany with a thin creme head.
N: Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, coconut, char, toffee, some cocoa and coffee. Raisin, prune, licorice, and anise.
T: Good, non-cloying sweetness. No real bitterness to speak of.
M: Thicker body, oily, sticks a little.
O: Really nice, to the point I’m almost surprised. Calm, lacking in alcohol, one of the better barleywines I’ve had, even with the stout outlines.
Brentv (335) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Dark dark pour with just the slightest head. Aroma and taste of bourbon and dark fruits, sweet, some alcohol. Very very smooth and delicious.
Weezel (188) - Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coconut, whiskey, prunes and grapes in the aromas. Beautiful deep purple or ruby color. Taste is bourbon barrel but not as strong as BCBS this incorporates it well. Port and dried fruits follow. Long coconut and vanilla on the finish. A little bubbly, would have liked a but less. Very well done.
Diabeasty (4) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown in appearance with minimal head. Sweet sweet smell of burbon, vanilla, coconut, malt and a taste to match that only improves as it warms.