DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to woodchopper on BA. Dark tan pour, very little carbonation and a wonderful aroma of caramel, and a little woody bourbon and light sugar. Flavor was incredibly mellow malt & wood, bourbon, vanilla, slightly silky sweet sugar and incredibly smooth for being 13+%. God damn this was a wonderful surprise, I didnít expect it to be this good.
hamilton23 (599) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with 48fanincali. Poured from 22oz bottle. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon and dried fruits. The taste follows the nose with lots of great sweetness, a nice mix of bourbon and vanilla. This was really tasty.
48FanInCali (663) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hybrid my ass. This is an English BW through and through. Fairly dark ruby/brown pour with a short lasting head that leaves a rim of lacing. Nose of toffee, bourbon, rye, and caramel. Taste is bourbon, toffee, sweet malt, and a touch of vanilla and rye. Clean on the palate and a touch thinner than I expected
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dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(22oz bottle. Bottle on 10.08.11). Pours a clear garnet color with thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel. Taste is sweet with brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, molasses, and light bourbon. The treatment is not overdone and very complimentary to the base beer. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Smooth finish. An awesome beer.
beernbourbon (1264) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample enjoyed at bbbb in STL. Pour is deep. rich-looking brown with a medium light brown head. Aroma is very malt with hints of brown sugar, toffee, faint spice, and a touch of vanilla. Flavor is great: full bore toffee malt with a hint of vanilla and a touch of brown sugar. So rich and smooth. Just a great barleywine.
MBrausen (69) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Dougofthefuture for holding this tasting!
Poured from a bomber into a snifter.
A. This beer pours a nice dark caramel color with a reddish hue, nice half finger head, consistent bubbles stemming from the center of the glass, , good retention of a thin layer all the way through the glass.
S. The smell is extremely sugary, very sweet, sweet alcohol and obvious whiskey overtones.
T. Taste is extremely sweet. Lots of sugar, heavy chocolate, oak, some vanilla , and a hint of whiskey.
M. It feels thick and chewy, a wet taste with a dry after taste. I feel like this beer covers up how thin the body actually is with the super sugary after-taste. I feel like it is thinner than it is. Medium body
O. Overall this is a very good beer. This is the way barrel aging should be done. Lots of oak/chocolate/vanilla from the barrel, and only mild alcohol taste to compliment itís finish. That being said, this was an extremely sweet beer, to the point where I donít think I could ever finish a bottle alone. It was very overbearing. I felt like I was a kid eating direct from the mixer at a bakery. It was very pure and raw sugar tasting. This beer is very good, but I think it is over-hyped.
daknole (8539) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown pour, off white creamy head. Sweet aroma of booze, vanilla, toffee, oak, candy sugar, syrup. Damn nice brew. Loaded with sticky malts, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar.
davey101 (616) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 11, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2012 Bottled on 10/08/2011 0908. 22 oz bomber into an over sized wine glass at cellar temperature.
A - Extremely dark red body. Its almost black its so dark. Doesnít let much light pass through. 2 finger dark khaki head lasted about 30 seconds before fizzing away into some random spotches and some light edging. Nice alcohol legs. Looks like a typical barley wine.
S - Huge bourbon presence. Very hot and intense, but pleasant and inviting. This is followed by sweet caramelized figs and raisins. Theres some light but complex notes of chocolate, molasses, and woody oak happening in the background. Crazy smooth vanilla rich bourbon aroma just steals the show though. Perfect aroma.
T - Starts with some biting alcohol. Vanilla and oak followed by a very sweet malt and dark caramelized fruit backbone. Not as complex as the nose, but theres still a lot of stray flavors happening here. Some toffee, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. Very rich and sweet. The aftertaste is filled with perfectly mellow and smooth bourbon notes. I can feel the heat in the back of my throat, but its very easy to drink.
M - Medium to thick body with a nice low level of carbonation allowing it to drink extremely well. Really oily and smooth. The alcohol heat is there but doesnít interfere at all.
O - Does it live up to the hype? Absolutely! Is it the best beer of 2011? I donít think it is. It is one of the best barrel aged beers I have tried, and hands down the best barley wine Iíve had though. Stupidly good and worth the hassle of landing a bottle.
hombrepalo (1757) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 1300th rating and it was excellent! Pours a dark blackish/brown color with a finger of off-white head. Rich bourbon aroma as well as plenty of dark fruits such as raisins and plums. A strong flavor of bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Heavy on the brown sugar and toffee as well as some dark fruit notes. A thick full bodied with medium carbonation. Overall excellent and I wish I had more bottles.
arminjewell (5716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2012 Rating #2300 from notes, big, big thanks to Caleb for this pour from 22 oz bottle. Hazy dark ruby reddish pour with thin off white head, aroma has notes of nice bourbon and vanilla notes that are there but slightly muted a bit, nice caramel, toffee, dark fruits and slight chocolate-y notes in there, nice molasses in there as well. Taste is great, a nice mix of caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon and sweet molasses notes coat the mouth well, with slight bittering earth and dark fruits in there, really nice slight hints of grass, finishes fairly dry no alcohol in there. Fantastic stuff, and definitely should be drank ASAP!