mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
You know how you love your Grandpa and he loves you. It is warm and inviting, sweet, special something you can’t just get anywhere. No dirty butt here! Maybe a little prune though?
Ktwse (2014) - SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours murky brown with flat tan head. Aroma of alcohol, cherries, muscovado, light butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon barrels. Taste is big boozy sweet, fruit and butterscotch, before a lingering alcohol warming sticky and mildly bitter finish. Rich, creamy body with soft carbonation. Excellent!
nuplastikk (4437) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle shared at CC/KY tasting. Rich boozy caramel aroma. Pretty awesome, certainly worthy of the BC name. Excellent, sublime.
ciocanelu (71) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 25, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best barleywines I ever had! Dark brown color with a decent, creamy head. Very thick, syrupy pour. Lots of dark malts and caramel with big bourbon notes. Excellent!
BeardedRoe (1) - Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful beer. Hard to find where i’m at but i love it when I can get my hands on it. Great ABV not too bitter or heavy. It is just right. Oh so right.
katrinaez (57) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Exactly what barley wine should be. Has a bit more extra boozey flavor though from the bourbon series.
slowrunner77 (3635) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Dark, almost stout like pour. But you can tell its a BW because of the ruby edge, and the khaki head. Aroma and flavor are super sweet as expected. Lots of dark malt and fruit, vanilla and coconut, caramel and toffee. Even a little leather and tobacco. But the sweet warmth does dominate, and the abv shows. Super smooth sipper, though. I’d take this 7 times outta ten over BCS."
wedgie9 (1989) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have been lucky enough to taste this beer several times from both bottle and tap, but this rating is primarily from my first experience with the beer at the 2014 RBWG Asheville. Pours clear, very dark mahogany with an average beige head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is very sweet with raisin, prune, a ton of maple bourbon, toffee, caramel, and vanilla. The flavor is the same fairly sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, maple bourbon, coconut, and dried fruit with just a bit of toasted bitterness on the back of the palate. The body is full with average carbonation and a long lightly bitter toasted, vanilla, maple, and coconut bourbon finish.
superspak (2633) - Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/17/2013. Pours hazy/cloudy very dark brown color with a small tan head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation retaining a bit of a cap. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, coconut, oak, bourbon, light tobacco, and toast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt, fruitiness, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, chocolate, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, coconut, light tobacco, and toast/oak earthiness. Light earthy oak bitterness/spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, chocolate, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, coconut, light tobacco, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and big robustness of dark malt, fruitiness, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a fantastic malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and fairly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged barleywine. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark malt, fruitiness, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
dyan (21) - Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2013 release. Thanks, Chris.
A syrupy dark brown with a dense, foamy head with excellent retention and minimal lacing, this beer has nice legs. The nose is big, boozy, sweet and decadent. Leather, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, jaggery - all kinds of sweetness - is present. Bourbon character is shockingly mellow given this beers siblings. Vanilla and rum; a little bit of oak and char are present. Moderately fruity with plums and raisins present. Yum. The palate opens with a big sweetness and a moderate heat. In the vein of an English BW, Thankfully, not as prune-heavy as King Henry was. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, a little bit of burnt sugar, a little earth and leather are noticeable, along with a blend of raisins and dates deglazed with rum. Vanilla, a little oak, some rum and bourbon character are present. A dusting of cocoa is present, particularly in the way the roasted malt flavors play off the fruity and sweet flavors. Full in body with a soft carbonation, this beer has a long, sweet finish with caramel and toffee dominating. Excellent stuff.
closey22 (904) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown no head; sweet malty aroma notes if molasses and port; Flava is like a port hints of chocolate and strong molasses notes; feels thick creamy slight fizz; finishes tangy malty then sweet.