orangesol (686) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden.
A - Pours pitch black with a one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving no lace at all down the glass.
S - Smell of mild bourbon, caramelized brown sugar, vanilla, fresh baked toffee, dark fruits and some mild booziness. Smells great, just gets a little too boozy at the end, some more time should help that out.
T - Starts off with the combo of sweets - Mainly the vanilla, brown sugar and toffee - quickly giving way to a mix of dark fruits, oak and warming bourbon. Finish is still pretty sweet with a smooth hit of warming booze, lingering on the palate long after the finish. The flavors are well integrated and the bourbon isn’t over the top which is nice.
M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, sweet feel with less alcohol than I was expecting which is always a plus.
O - It is no KH so people can stop with that, it is however a really nice BA barleywine. It has everything I love in a BA Barleywine and it was still fairly easy to finish. I am going to need to get a few bottles of this before its all gone.
Damico (2554) - 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 (1318) - 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 (703) - 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 (327) - 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 (187) - 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.
Dedollewaitor (13802) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Odense Get Together Short Notice, August-14. Pours dark brown with a small creamy head. Massive coconut, bounty bar, vanilla and thick caramel. Vinous and woody. Slick and warming. Really really delicious :-)
Christian (11054) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Odense Late Summer Post-Munkekonge Whale Spotting Night. Very dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma dominated by bourbon with coconut and vanilla notes, rich malt and roasted notes of licorice and charcoal. Sweet and thick malty flavour with plenty of bourbon, vineous alcohol and weak roasted notes.
Bruds (6) - - AUG 9, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the better beers that I have ever had. Strong, syrupy, vanilla and bourbon, extremely smooth.
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black pour with big Bourbon and chocolate notes a bit of a hot mess though. Not week differentiated from bcs beyond the lack of smoothness. Might be pretty good with some mellowing and age but not today.