orangesol (963) - 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.
rouhlas (784) - GREECE - MAY 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, courtesy of skullgeorge. Dark copper brown color with beige light brown head. Malty aroma, caramel, dark dried fruits, wood, vanilla, bourbon. Sweet and light bitter taste, like aroma with chocolate addition. Medium to full oily body with soft carbonation and warming alcoholic finish.
Underdogs88 (260) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich malt aroma with fruity esters. Appearance is a cloudy brown with a small tan head. Flavor has intense malt flavors with strong notes of bourbon. Esters are high. Oak is present and at the right level. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with medium low carbonation. Overall, it's a good tasting beer. The bourbon character is little strong though.
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kkleu357 (541) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Coopers Tavern during Madison Beer Week. Dark brown body with a small head. Big sweet aroma. Very sweet tasting. Hints of dark fruits, oak, some vanilla. Mild bourbon bite. Had this right after Vanilla Rye so it’s tough to appreciate, but still very good.
Couch0508 (75) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The absolute best barleywine that you can get your hands on. I prefer stouts but this has helped me start to open the door to barleywines.
JMerritt (1871) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours a very dark cocoa brown with a small, thin light-brown head. A few small particulates floating throughout. Rich, malty aroma: raisins, overripe plums, sugared dates, molasses, bakers chocolate and burnt oak. Alcohol is very subdued in the nose. Super smooth maltiness to the flavor, slightly syrupy with a mild carbonation. Flavor is a bit earthier than the aroma, with some mild spruce atop big caramel malts, candied plums, a metric ton of brown sugar and molasses, and a touch of charred wood and bourbon in the finish. Super smooth and rich - very nice, but glad I split the 12 ounce bottle with my wife.
argo0 (11981) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Small tan head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, Bourbon, some chocolate, caramel, raisin. Taste is sweet, chocolate, Bourbon, plum/raisin, some alcohol burn. Sticky medium-full body, minimal carbonation.
thirdeye11 (5746) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle) deep and rich mahogany body, fast-fading offwhite bubbles. Nose of vanilla bean, rich caramel bourbon, sticky brown sugar, touch of alcohol. Taste of vanilla bean, rich caramel, tobacco, alcohol, bourbon, some barrel wood that’s lightly charred. The bourbon is less than that found in bourbon county, but that makes sense given these are second use barrels. A delicious barleywine. To be honest, one of the best out there.
JefVerstraete (1976) - Ghent, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks! Dark brown colour, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Sweet aroma with notes of caramel, bourbon, vanilla and honey. Very sweet but balanced. Good.
pepsican (1505) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cola with an off white head. Rich vanilla, banana, raisin, alcohol, macedamia nutes. Sweet. Very sweet. Brown sugar. Has oxidized sherry notes. Chewy. Ok dessert bier I guess but eh.
gunnar (6205) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from my secret santa. Bottled 24.9.13. Pours almost clear deep dark brown with a small creamy tanned head.Aroma of sweet caramel malts, loaded with toffee as well. Smooth mouthfeel.Taste is sweet caramel and vanilla with weak burning bourbon on top, pleasant one to enjoy in small amounts, even better with a full bottle mind.