LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours dark red with a tan ring.
Aroma: Bourbon, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, wood.
Taste: Brown sugar, bourbon. Dark fruit.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied sticky.
Overall: One of the best aged barleywines Iíve ever had. Delicious.
brokensail (12886) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks for sharing, Dan. Pours a dark amber color with a finger of off-white head. Rich bourbon aroma as well as plenty of dark fruits such as raisins and plums. A nice caramel and brown sugar aroma, too. A strong flavor of bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Heavy on the brown sugar and toffee as well as some dark fruit notes. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.
JoeTheYounger (1160) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by LTDAN at pizza port strong ale fest. Dark copper port with thin head. Aroma is sweet sugars, hops, caramel and roast. Taste is alcohol, mild chocolate, sweet and burnt sugars. Awesome.
Strykzone (5501) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Cola looking. This smells nice with lots of malt and nice fruit. Something dark that must be dark complex fruit. Lots of malt that includes chocolate that is very nice. This is a delicious beer.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle at the Goose Island Black Friday event. Murky brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, brown-tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is solid with sweeter and richer toffees with some caramel. Lots of dark fruits with raisins and dates as well as a nice bourbon behind the sweetness. There is some soft vanilla and a good amount of oak from the wood that definitely reminds me of the Rare. It cuts the sweetness nicely along with some toast. Flavor is similar. Sweeter and richer toffees up front with a good amount of bourbon. Lots of raisin dark fruits in the middle with a nice oaky vanilla. Smooth bourbon kicks it up at the end with a real nice toffee sweetness. The wood dries this while staying smooth and slightly sticky, but not overly so. Some toast and more raisin in a lengthy aftertaste with a touch of hops that leave a nice bitterness still after the aging. Some chocolate as well as a hint of alcohol heat shows up. Medium-full, very smooth, creamy, slightly sticky body with a soft, medium-light carbonation. Overall, a really well done barrel aged barley wine. Sweet with lots of rich toffees and dark fruits, but a real nice oaky bourbon character that is soft yet prominent and very well balanced while a light bitterness makes its presence known. Great beer.
andyhwcinc (1639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyed as a sampler at the Goose Island Clybourn brew pub on Black Friday. Unfortunately I wasnít able to buy a bottle, sold out in less than an hour. Appearance a very dark brown with rich off white/tan head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, spices, malts, not too barleywine like in aroma, smooth and doesnít sting. Taste is very very smooth considering the high abv, perhaps the smoothest barleywine Iíve had. Rich in vanilla and bourbon, can definitely taste the malts, slight syrup, sweet, powerful but not boozey. I can see why this sold out so quickly. Definitely the best barleywine Iíve had yet.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap at GI Clybourn Black Friday 2011 (Chicago, IL). Had put out trying this for awhile, had some of the original at GTMW 2010. Pours a nice dark ruby brown pour, just a touch of haze, frothy smallish tan head dies to a small ring, laces small. Aromas are rich toffee and dark fruit, raisins and touches of brown sugar dance with toast, oak, vanilla. Solid notes of Bourbon, spirit, and sweetness mingle with a touch of butter, crisp whiskey, vanilla, and sweet sticky malts. Initial is medium a touch heavier, with sweet malts, caramel and toffee dance, crisp sweetness, oak and vanilla, spirit, and dark fruit. Plum, raisin, gentle brown sugar, and mellow ABV heat. Backend shows crisp sweetness, a touch thinned out with toast and sweetness, caramel and dark fruit, toffee, and vanilla, gentle spirit and touches of bitterness. Sweetness lingers into the finish, oak and malts play well. Very nice, good flavors, synergy.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
FoBAB 9. Rosy sepia brown, thin cream ring, large bubbled. Bit of heat at front of nose, vanilla is strong, pappy character evident but overriding the base beer, a lot of wood as well. Flavor is more melded, front showing light alcohol, followed by some maple and unfermented sugars into the heavily sweet, gritty finish. Sticky, huge, massively sweet, and though nuanced and pappy-character inclusive, it never really comes together.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the top 2 or 3 beers at Fobab in my opinion. Pours murky dark brown with small tan head. Aromas of bourbon, sweet caramel and toffee, vanilla, and some booze. Flavors of oak, bourbon, sweet caramel, toffee, mild coconut, some fruit, and good amount of booze. Not overpowered by the barrel at all. Awesome beer and the best barley wine I had that day.
Pailhead (5564) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap (FoBAB 2011) : The aroma has lots of caramel, toffee, mild coconut, a touch of chocolate, and some alcohol heat. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige ring for a head. The flavor starts with moderate caramel, fruit, and toffee. The finish has notes of vanilla, coconut, mild bourbon, and a touch of oak. Itís full bodied with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Overall, itís tasty, but best for me in small doses.