madvike (2403) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by rschnake...thanks Rob! - Mahogany pour with next to no head at all. Smells pretty hot--sharp alcohol with lots of caramel and brown sugar. Vanilla. Really smooth caramel and bourbon with nice oak, vanilla, and big sweet malt on the finish. Wow...really sweet and big, but not cloying and the 13.4% is pretty well hidden. Very nice stuff.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Rob. This is fantastic. Super smooth and almost velvety.
mikem409 (1445) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from club house pours dark brown with no head. Aroma of nuts and coconut and bourbon. Taste like a damn almond joy
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dak with the share. Copper color little head. Aroma us caramel oxidized hops silky sex alcohol burn and perfume. Flavor is oxidized caramel faded hops goodness. Wow this is good. Thanks dak.
neepsntatties (1034) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at a recent RB/BA bottle share. Colour... very dark brown with no head. Nose... loads of dried stone fruits, Christmas cake and treacle. Palate... a massive burst of sweetness with a plethora of dried dates, zante currants, vanilla, turbinado, light molasses and a rather dry oaky finish that does not distract from the sweet sensations rolling across the tongue. What a treat!
julian (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Dark amber, near brown, cloudy/hazy. Thin light brown head
S: Lots of dark fruit. Fig, plum, and raisin immediately spring to mind. Boozy and the scent of strong alcohol is definitely noticeable. Huge malt backbone of caramel, and toffee. Nice fruity bittering hops to balance it all out, though this does lean towards the sweeter, boozier side.
T: Pretty much follows the nose. Boozy, dark fruits, and fruity bittering. Lots of caramel and toffee malt and vanilla bourbon mellowness to balance it all out.
M: Perfect carbonation, medium mouthfeel, very sweet and smooth. Rolls off the tongue with ease. alcoholic bite is not overwhelming and the balance of sweet/boozy/bitter is right on.
O: This one will get you buzzed quick! 13.5%! Fruity, sweet, boozy and smooth. Everything you want in a BW.
douglas88 (5168) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber shared by Craig, thanks man! Pours a deep murky brown color with a medium beige head. The aroma is huge sweet bourbon. The flavor is likewise dominated by rich sweet bourbon, very heavy, a warm and at times hot brew, some sweet sugars, light char, malty. Very big and tasty.
wedgie9 (1666) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on draft at FoBAB 2011 and several times from bottle, this review is a combination of those experiences, although I will say that my experience with the bottled version of this beer is far superior to what I tried on draft. Pours a nearly opaque dark auburn with an average tan head that leaves spotty lace. The nose is caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, coconut, and a lightly toasted dark bread. The flavor is lightly sweet with the caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toasted coconut, toffee, and overall bourbon notes coming through nicely. The body is full and oily with average carbonation and a long finish that encompasses all of the complexity mentioned above.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep amber brown with hints of ruby around the edges and a decent bubbly tan head that recedes quickly to a small collar.
Aroma is excellent, a mixture of sweet molasses, bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. There is also some toffee and maybe some hints of overripe dark fruits, not to mention plenty of sweet caramel malts. Wonderful nose.
Taste is even bigger than the aroma suggested, really just everything about the nose amped up with more booze in the finish. Caramel malts, toffee, coconut, leather and oak. There is less chocolate sweetness and more alcohol burn.
The mouthfeel is full bodied and as smooth as any barleywine I’ve ever had. Close to perfect feel.
This is another superb beer from GI and one of the better BA barleywines I’ve ever had. Massive, massive beer.
Sledutah (3650) - Utah, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from Daknole
Appearance: Dark brown with a small beige head and some lacing
Aroma: Roasty, barrel, bourbon and vanilla
Taste: Roasted malts, woody, bourbon and vanilla