rlgk (18187) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at USA comes to SkŲvde. Deep amber beer with a small head. Malty aroma, vinous, hazelnuts, raisins, dades, plums, woody, oak, bourbon, caramel, figs, hay, brown sugar, apples, toffee, licorice, warming alcohol. Raisin flavor, dades, figs, brown sugar, nuts, plums, apples, tobacco notes, caramel, licorice, warming alcohol, vanilla, bourbon, oak, hay, brown sugar, toffee, milk chocolate, prune, vinous. Just amazing!
larsniclas (6690) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at USSkovde
Dark brown. Almost no head.
Sweet malty, and pretty salty aroma. Sweet, dried fruits, mostly prune.
Dark sweet fruits n the flavour; figs, port, oak.
Dazz3 (1797) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at UCTS testing. Pours hazy brown with a small brown head. Smells abit roasted and caramell malty. Tastes creamy, nutty caramel malty. Very well balanced and almost no alcohol finish.
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a thin layer of frothy khaki-tan head. The head fades very quickly leaving behind very little lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramelized malts, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, English yeast, brown sugar, molasses, and some booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramelized malts with some raisin and other dark fruits with some brown sugar and vanilla. Through the middle, Bourbon and oak comes through with some molasses, more residual sugars, and some more English yeast character comes through. The finish is a mix of rich caramelized malts, dark fruit, residual sugars, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, and booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate-mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Good bold malt barleywine with the barrel character adding some fantastic complexity and the body keeping everything perfectly balanced.
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2013 A - pours very dark almost orange brown with no head. S - very powerful burbon and grains(read dog food) notes of raisin bread, bread pudding. Very desserty. Tiramisu. M - full bodied nice full complex palate. Nice alcohol warming. No carb. T - burbony molasses , tiramisu, creme brulee, vanilla, molasses. Graham crackers, vanilla, and syrup. Very sweet, but not too sticky. O - very good, strong sweet burbony goodness. 8
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22 oz. bottle split with my dad. Bottled October 8, 2011 with an 0744 marking after that. Not sure if itís bottle number or not. Served in a Deschutes snifter.
A: Pours an opaque black with some brown hues mixed in. When the light hits it just right you get deep plum like edges. A thin tan head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin collar. Once the beer is consumed it starts to take on a beautiful ruby color towards the end of the glass.
S: Bourbon soaked dark fruit and some oakiness are at the forefront of this beer. It gives way to a vanilla sweetness, some light chocolate and a little bit of toffee. Very solid, but it doesnít really blow me away like I expected.
T: I stand corrected. The taste completely overwhelms my senses in an amazing way. Beautifully integrated bourbon mixes amazingly with the chocolate and the dark fruits. Itís like a chocolate covered raisin. Figs and raisins are most prominant with a nice oaky background, toasted malts and a subtle vanilla sweetness. Nice burnt sugar as well to give a little bitterness.
M: Full bodied with a medium to low carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, heavy and coating that really leaves a delicious array of flavors across the palate. The ABV is non-existant. So well hidden itís insane.
O: Drink this guy now. Itís not going to get any better. The barrel presence is so well integrated already and the ABV is extremely hidden. This is a sneaky, sneaky beer. The little of the Rare really adds an entire depth of flavors that cannot be replicated. I need more. Best barleywine Iíve ever had and I think will ever have. A huge homerun by GI.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-23-2012
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crushed with Honkeybra. What a beer. Bomber pours clear brown with basically no head. This beer appeals to me in so many ways. Light barrel character and dominated by oak, vanilla, and overall awesomeness. A superior beer.
onedawger (60) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Clear dark mahogany ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The aroma is a decadent swirl of singed caramel, light molasses, pouch tobacco and vanilla. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and airy carbonation. The flavor is boozy, caramely and loaded with bourbon. Finishes bittersweet - then the malty sweetness sticks around a good while.
Countbeer (6180) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2014 Bottle:
Thanks to Womencantsail & Joes:
Some creamy brown bubbles on top of a deep dark amber colored beer.
The aroma of this beer is so balanced: lots of creamy syrup barrel aged barley malts. Just really smooth, thick and creamy.
The flavour is another superb thing, wow: full creamy rich barley malts, creamy oatmeal, spicy, vanilla, some liquor, cream, some raisin, light hint of hops, some wood and woody spices, lots of soft smooth creamy barleys and deep and balanced.
A desert kind of aftertaste: sticky sweet bitter with loads of creamy barley malts.
Low carbo, soft creamy mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture.
Extreme well balanced! Bombastic!
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours a deep Brown hint of red in light. Maybe 1/16" of tan head. Smells and taste of molasses bruwn sugar raisins bourbon vinillia sweet. Warms as it goes down your throat. Not as hot as I expected. Fairly mellow. Itís a good beer however maybe a tad too sweet. Would I want it again prob not however I enjoyed every sip.