orangesol (984) - 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.
dresden (1203) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown and fizzy, higher carb than expected.aroma is oak, vanilla, dark fruits. incredible caramel and boozy heat, barrel and fruit are very strong. amazing!
demannu (230) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 9/18/14, aged one year. Very good. Very pleasing oddly bourbon aroma. Deep brown pour with minimal head and no lacing. Super smooth and full body. Taste is perfectly done at this point. Complex and delicious. Well definitely age these going forward.
csaso (1765) - Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap - average size foamy head, very dark Amber/brown color, sweet complex malt aroma and flavor, fair alcohol notes, vanilla smoothes it all out in the finish, very good overall
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rejtable (1857) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at churchkey. Soooo good. Pours dark brown with lots of frothy tan lacing and head. Nose is big alcohol bomb with syrup and leather. Notes of leather, toffee, some vanilla dark fruit, nutty. Taste huge sweet med bitter. Full creamy body with light carbonation. Crazy good.
HuskerTan (1032) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - AUG 19, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(Thanks Josh, "StFun")
A- Dark cherries, bourbon, oak, vanilla.
A- Dark brown color, clear liquid, minimal dark tan head.
T- Cherries, dark fruits, raisin, subtle vanilla, bourbon, oak, apples, brown sugar.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, boozy complex finish.
O- My 800th rating and this one had a year of age on it. was tempted to keep it as it says it develops for up to 5 years but I couldn’t help myself. Oh my sweet cherry pie was this loaded down with dark cherries and boozy as hell. I suppose this is about as good of a barleywine as one could get. Very complex and smooth.
zchall23 (12) - , Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s no King Henry, but I do love this beer. The BCBS comes in well to compliment this brew.
Nsanders (788) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Happy Gnome. Deep brown with a foamy light brown head. Vanilla, fig, natural maple syrup, oatmeal, molasses and a little bourbon. Syrupy sweetness with a woody dry finish. Body is heavier with a syrupy feel.
Petkus331 (372) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 on tap at ale mary’s 1 year anniversary. Toffee, dark fruit, vanilla, caramel and strawberry and bug raisin. Appears like coffee with some foam. Tastes of big toffee with raisin and port wine. Palate is ordinary, a little flat. Overall, very good.
firstsip (719) - Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. 2014. Black. Tan foam. Nose is mild raisin and date sweetness tempered by bready malt. Very syrupy body. Bourbon sweetness tempers the usual raisin characteristics of barleywines. A chocolatey sharpness offsets the sweetness.
hallinghansen (2436) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at blåbær release 2015. Dark body small head. Barley, dark fruit, raisins, oak, vanilla notes, smokey notes. Very good.