eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 13% version, thanks to Robert at SL! The pour was a full brown color with some ruby to orange hues and edges, off white to tan colored head, decent lacing. The aroma was full molasses, chocolate, faint bourbon, honey, vanilla. The flavor was strong molasses, chocolate, butterscotch, bourbon, vanilla, and honey. Wood notes with some subtle pine hops? and fruit notes. A really interesting brew, although as it warmed it did get a tad sticky, but a cool concent and way better done than many a bourbon / barrell aged brew!
Hair6a11 (1387) - Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle ; Pour is murky dark brown with a hint of amber, I suppose. The head is murky beige - but fine bubbled and on the mediocre side, honestly. It eventually hazes this tulip. with some light and spotty lacing present? The nose, I believe, is the highlight on this one. Toasted oak, and vanilla / earthy tannins come through quite nicely. The flavor profile begins slightly bitter and a bit boozy as well. The flavor profile goes through a nice spectrum of toffee, raisins, booze, toasted oak, vanilla, and cocoa, really. There is a certain bitterness from the hop profile - but Iím not going to sit here and proclaim that im pulling piney notes and citrus. They take a huge backseat. Anyway - one of the nicer brews Iíve had this year, for sure
sherm1016 (1178) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, split with dwm1034. Pours a deep, dark, brown color with little to no head. A few little bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aroma is vanilla, oak, bourbon. Heavy on the palate with light, soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, bourbon, oak, vanilla, with a hint of stout, and a nice boozy finish. If I didnít know this beer was aged in barrels previously used for aging stout, Iíd be a bit confused. But it works...really, really well.
Goodgrief (1811) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a great idea...throwing a barleywine into a barrel used for a bourbon stout. Dark color for a barleywine, boozy aroma. Chocolate, butterscotch, and molasses in abundance. A lot of freaking molasses. Sticky, but enjoyable. Thanks to my pal Brian (eaglefan538), for sharing.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Quite possibly my favorite beer to come out of GI barrel aging program. Pour is a fair bit darker than I was expecting, with a very fizzy spare head that fades quickly to no lacing. Aroma is decadent. Lots of caramel, bourbon, chocolate, pine hops, boozy dark fruits, a dusting of coco. Wood, vanilla, oak. Amazing. Taste begins with pretty typical barley wine malts, but moves quickly to some fairly intense wood and vanilla, with nice booze to back it, followed by sugary dark fruit and more booze, with just a touch of pine hop bitterness that lasts. Overall, a fantastic beer that really defies style guidelines with its incorporation of some of the "darker" flavors while lacking the overwhelming hop bitterness of a young BW. Fantastic beer.
tgncc (2894) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep red/brown, showing only the slightest translucence when held up to a lightbulb. The head is actually brown, but dissipates VERY quickly. The aroma is gorgeous, bread, fruit, candy, oak, slight whiskey. The flavor is almost exactly the same, bready, fruity, oaky, and a little whiskey. The whiskey in this so subtle, itís perfect. Not like so many barrel aged beers where it tastes and smells like a shot of bourbon was poured into the beer. Thick in body, sticky mouthfeel. The finish is whiskey warming, some pine and resin. Probably the best barley wine I have ever had, and one of the best beers I have had.
Bricks (635) - Delaware, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells of fruity malt, bourbon, and alcohol. Pours jet black with no head. Mouthfeel syrupy. Tastes of alcohol, raisin, malt. Smooth for 13.4%
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
651mL with a big thanks to Dan Fromson- my favorite beer columnist ;) Saving me the pain and heartache of trading for this bad boy, I strongarmed Dan into cracking this rarity. The pour is a tepid, deep cola generating a weak sauce, fizzling out yellow head. Clear cherry amber SRM. Nose is rum raisin (malaga) gelato with baked black cherry dessert (clafoutis) with hints of oxidation. Stronger umami character comes forth. Taste brings evident BCS barrel character with butter and light coconut. Sweeter barleywine notes of figs, dates, and salt remind of English barleywine. Not hop character. No syrupy sweetness either. Mouthfeel is very silky with rich, buttery bourbon. Aerated, fluffy. Really easy to love and very straightforward. I imagine when batch 1 Angelís Share came out, it was a similar experience to this.
huskerben (15) - - DEC 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bomber down the middle of my Dogfish snifter. Barely any head or lacing although there is balanced carbonation in the mouth. Aroma is figs and bourbon. Taste is rich malty and bourbon with an alcohol finish. Not overly strong though, smooth considering how big this beer is. Only complaint is the bourbon flavor overtakes this beer a little. Would love to try the same beer without the barrel aging.
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours dark brown/amber, little to no head
Aroma: Bourbon, chocolate, fruit.
Taste: Bourbon, fruit, chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, a little thick.
Overall: The best barleywine and one of the best beers Iíve ever tried. Looking forward to the bottles Iím aging.