ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle into a tulip.
A: Pours a murky dark brown color. Practically no head is formed - there isnít even much of a collar. The íheadí is off-white color, I guess. It doesnít look like much at all, but given what this beer is, itís a moot point.
S: And right before, sweet bourbon character hits the nostrils immediately. Vanilla, coconut, oak; you name it, itís here. Here, itís backed by a wonderful dark fruit aroma and (slightly) lesser chocolate notes. This smells like it will be one of the best dessert beers ever.
T: Holy frig. The opening flavors are heavy in vanilla, coconut, and bourbon. But that finish...dear lord, dat finish - what a vibrant explosion of dark fruit goodness. The finish becomes more caramel-forward as it gradually opens up. Thereís a slight booze note post-swallow and itís hardly a distraction. Some slight barrel comes through here, too. This brew has a lot to offer in terms of complexity and flavor, with everything easily distinct yet harmonious and well balanced (if rather sweet - hey, itís a barleywine). In many ways, itís even better than regular BCBS.
M: The secret here is how much smoother it is than most in the style. Even with a faint alcoholic bite, itís wonderfully soft yet with a cake-like density. It goes down as easily as a 12% barrel-aged monster can go down.
O: Iíve had a few barrel-aged barleywines before (Sucaba and Insanity spring to mind), but this is so far above those two itís not even funny. Everything here is brilliantly defined without being moronic. Best barleywine Iíve ever had? More like one of the best beers Iíve ever had.
Curse you, InBev.
gregwilsonstl (1364) - Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown. Woody. "This is pretty solid"....raisens...I want this with pancakes. Maple finish to it. Tasted at chrisí ultimate bottle share.
popway (96) - California, USA - JUL 3, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chewy medium heavy mouth feel
Light brown shag carlet head over tar black body
Poured in a snifter from 2013 Vintage bottle
Pays to cellar in the resulting age is ripe with
sweet chocolate notes that blend well with the bourbon,
molasses, & subdued cherry
BiiruBierBeer (579) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells heavily of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and sugar. Low carbonation with a natural fizz. Taste is bourbon, alcohol, raisins, sweet caramel, and vanilla with an aftertaste of about 8-14 seconds. There is a bit of an alcohol bite.
JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, brown sugar and bourbon. Caramel and toffee flavor along with malt and some brown sugar. Light hop flavor with some oak before a bourbon finish.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, muddy reddish brown pour with a thin light tan head. Full nose of dried fruit and bourbon. Same in the flavor, albeit a bit more boozy. Viscous and rich.
Cosmo6644 (84) - Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge bourbon and vanilla aroma, some dark fruits as well nearly a perfect blend of caramel, fruits, vanilla, bourbon, and oak, so good!
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rouhlas (999) - 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 (261) - 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 (561) - 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 itís tough to appreciate, but still very good.
Couch0508 (107) - 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.