DesertDevil (530) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 bottle poured at Taste of Tops. Very smooth bourbon aroma with wet oak, decadent toffee, a bit of coffee and vanilla, and a slightly sour vinous tone. Pours a dark purple with no head. Moderately hot upon first sip, with velvety smooth bourbon, chocolate, sweet caramel, and a bit of dark grapes. A light honeycomb and toasted grain tone struggles through the heavier dominant flavors, while dark cherry oxidation rears its head late for a boozy finish. Medium palate with an oddly sharp texture. So glad I finally got to try this damn-fine barleywine.
caesar (5184) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled @ The Hague Tasting, small sample. Bottled 10/08/11, batch 1018. Dark copper color, short head. Aroma of raisin, caramel malt. Malty, biscuit, dried fruit, raisin again. Bit alcohol. Wonderful stuff!
MrHangover (2456) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thnx to Kermis. Pours a clear reddish brown beer without any head. Aroma is sugary, malty, caramel. Loads of booze and barrel characters in there. Flavor is very sweet, sugar, boozy, wood. Red fruits are present. Very big alcohol burn in the mouthfeel. Nice, but a bit too alcoholic. Slight peppery notes in there as well. Nice one.
sic1314 (3403) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured deep dark reddish brown with a tan ring. Aroma of alcohol soaked dark fruit, toffee. Full body, flavour is heavy berries, sweet caramel, lingering sweetness.
deanso (5368) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
66cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis @ THT. Big thanks!
No head or carbonation. Clear deep amber pour. Some bourbon and alcohol. Really smooth. very nice
EricTeusink (691) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at a Goose Island Southern Migration Event. Fantastic Beer. Pours dark brown with hints of red. Light tan head. Sweet brown sugar and grape front end with a wonderful fizzy hopped finish. Lively with a just past medium body. Hands down best Barleywine I have ever had. Bottle - The Argosy - Atlanta, GA
GothGargoyle (1291) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is bourbon, brown sugar, raisins. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel , sweet on the palate with a fruity aftertaste. Taste is raisins, brown sugar, dates, honey, bourbon, vanilla, maple. YUM
MrFecesious (962) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share. Thanks GothGargoyle. 2011. Clear, dark brown with red highlights. Aroma of raisin, bourbon, wood, plum, molasses. Taste is sweet!, with a touch of tartness, and bitterness. Sticky. mmmm!
knickskicks (731) - - JAN 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red brown. Nose is booze, dark fruits, some chocolate. Taste is smooth bourbon, prunes, some toher dark fruits, chocolate. Smooth sticky medium mouthfeel. Would’ve loved to have tried this fresh but at this point I think BCBS Barleywine is better.
DocLock (7876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft from TJ’s summer 2013. Poured thick and hazy dark onyx with brown head. Nose was oaky bourbon, cacao,, dark malt, molasses, fine tobacco. Tasted rich, thick, complex, with a roasty dark malt and molasses flavor up front, and cacao, oak, bourbon, and fine tobacco at mid-palate. This one was a delight to quaff.