wedgie9 (2234) - 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 Iíve ever had. Close to perfect feel.
This is another superb beer from GI and one of the better BA barleywines Iíve ever had. Massive, massive beer.
Sledutah (5215) - 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
Gription79 (2379) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle thanks to Craig. Lots of vanilla, wood, burnt sugar, malty, and hints of raisin. A great big malty/bourbony beer. What a treat, thanks Craig.
Frank (3097) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is for those who like huge barrel character. Practically as dark as a stout. Big, sticky, w/ loads of vanilla. A slow sipper for sure. Comparable to a liqueur or port wine.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Lunch.
Pours a dark copper-caramel color with a good off-white head. The nose brings some very smooth bourbon. So smooth. Great vanilla and caramel in the background. Flavor hits smooth bourbon and light oak tannin. Body is incredibly smooth with a great bourbon character. Really delicious. Absolutely fantastic beer.
BMan1113VR (7880) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle thanks to GRG1313. Great Stuff! Pours with a clear bronze hue and a tan head atop. Aromas are of brown sugar, caramelization, wood, oak, molasses, maple, barrel, vinous, cola and bourbon. Flavors show a lot of caramelization as well, bourbon barrel, cola, vanilla. Sweet but very good and somewhat balanced by alcohol and tannin (mild). Thick, light bubbles. Extremely good!
egajdzis (5435) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Red brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, tons of vanilla, wood, basically the really sweet nose that youíd expect in a 23 yr Pappy, with just a little bit of alcohol. Taste was also sweet, with honey, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, wood, and light alcohol. Really a fantastic barleywine.
AdamJackson (2958) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had this at a tasting. Itís the 2011 bottle poured at around room temperature into a brandy snifter. I let it sit for about 5 minutes before sipping.
A - This poured a 1 finger head, lots of amber in this beer that is more of a deep dark amber. Gorgeous beer. I couldnít stop staring at it against the light.
S - Very sweet burned brown sugar on the nose. Lots of oak and whiskey hints (probably from the barrels it was placed in). I get some hops but not a lot. I get bananas as well and that was a delicious surprise.
T - Bananas, honey, sugar and Grocery Store Waffle Syrup was all in this. Iím getting some walnuts and that delicious whiskey aftertaste.
M - Lots of foam in this beer when you swish, itís heavy and the alcohol really lingers for a while.
O - This is an amazing beer. So many delicious fruits and yet so alcohol tasting from the barrel aging.
MiamiRedhawk (12) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is really great barley wine, came with a snifter, very complex aroma, you can definitely taste the alcohol in the beer.