mathieuc (1898) - Quťbec, Quebec, - JAN 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Minderbinder with tom10101, David and myself. Huge thanks for this rare treat Francis (not sure who brought the Leon or this so Iím just settling it this way)! Pours dark brown with a head that quickly subsides. Aroma-wise it was full of sweet malts and some licorice. Boozy at times, it makes up for it with its full body and malt forward taste. Flavor is again malts with a nice bourbon touch. I thought it would be more intense on the bourbon but it seems that the second use of these barrels makes for a more drinkable beer. Overall a very nice barleywine I can really see why it is so highly rated! Again, maybe if we didnít drink the CCB Leon first this would have come up on top but does it really matter? I think not. Two excellent world class beers!
Westmeister (1994) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
HMOG 2015. Loooong time want here. Hype withstanding, this is a gorgeous beer. Bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, molasses, oak, smooth booze, fig. The quality bourbon really does translate into a better beer. I have had Pappy barrels a handful of times and it just makes for some beautiful and smooth characteristics.
Experiment_Ale (1073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At my place on manís poker night. Aroma is fuck yes amazing. Decadent beautiful raison bourbon. Taste is fuckibg amazing, fuck yeah, tasty, some sweetness, beautiful spirits.
markextrae (1689) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared with friends. Bottled at 2011 Poured a dark brown colour with no head at all. Toffee, oak, raisins, bourbon, Carmel, toasted nuts, vanilla, dark red fruits, one hell of a big sticky mouthfeel. As it warms up this one turns out to a monster! Aged superb. Got me thinking at every sip if this was the best barleywine iíve had this far. But yes. This beats the MOAS 2011 with just 0,1 point incredible
dmac (4510) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Kane. Poured with the appearance of a nice cognac, super thick and syrupy brown with no carbonation what so ever. Aroma was complex with the usual suspects for a big BW, caramel, toffee, molassess, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light char along with a touch of butter and some straight up alcohol. Syrupy body with very noticable heat and no carbonation. I found the flavor a bit smoother than the aroma with no butter and although the alcohol was there it wasnít as strong as it was in the aroma. Great beer Iím glad I was in the right place at the right time to try.
Maarten1993 (439) - - JAN 10, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drank at the magnificent BCBS tasting in Bodegraven 10/1/2015. Like the Barleywine but a lot richer. Very nice beer. Lots of tastes.
jmgreenuk (5529) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the De Molen Bourbon County tasting, Jan 2015. Poured a clear dark brown with a reddish hue. The aroma is rich sweet malt, light molasses. The flavour is moderate sweet, light bitter with a big rich malty, alcoholic bitter palate and a rich oily mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Beerdedone (2877) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours dark caramel brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, and toffee. Flavor is rich and complex with caramel, raisins, bourbon barrel, vanilla, oak, toffee, and dark fruit. Sticky texture, full body, nice warming finish. A world class barleywine.
Art (2093) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared big thanks to charule. Pours a dark caramel brown without any head. Aromas of bourbon, light vanilla, candied dark fruits. Drank this side by side with one year old BCBBW and they are pretty much the same beer. Little difference if any between them. Pretty smooth with a light bourbon heat.
charule (1478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Chicago trade. Poured deep dark brown minimizing beige head. Aroma light caramel dark fruits apples. Light carb med bod. Sweet dark fruity boozy bourbon.
JBPortland (1065) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle pours dark chesnut brown with small head. Nose is deep rich dark fruit, lots of bourbony raisin and plum with touches of sweet malt bread undertones, enveloping. Taste is soft and chewy on the palate, layered caramel, boozy maple, soft bread, plum, raisin, tootsie roll, some light sweetness, bourbon spice, oak. Finish is lingering semi sweet dark fruit, caramel, bourbon, wood, complex. Wonderful, a treat to drink.