Bricks (989) - 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%
PotjeBier (2744) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from bottle @ De Molen, thanks Menno & John. 2011 edition (13.4%). Dark brown color. Light beige head, not much and short retention. Aromaís: bourbon, sweetness, dried fruit (plumbs notably). Retronasal itís sweet, bourbon, alcohol, wood. Flavor is sweet, bourbon, toffee. Strong alcohol feel. Full bodied. Long finish. Lovely!
willisread (2538) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 9, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle shared by the brewers at the Goose Launch. Chocolate, caramel, prune and light tobacco notes on the nose. Tons of malty goodness. More chocolate, toffee, toasted molasses with dates. The bourbon has really taken a backseat at 5 years old. Incredibly smooth and drinkable for 13 percent. Amazing really.
Christpuncher (2829) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
wowza. this one is boozy, prune, somewhat tart. pours reddish brown with a tan head. had a bottle pour at sheffields. some grape notes and aroma of prunes. one of the if not the best barleywines out there.
SHIG (4675) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to my good friend duckfanís cellar: Poured a caramel brown with a ring of tan. Super boozy but subtle malts. Taste is malts and vanilla. Boozy.
hackobock (3538) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
February 13, 2016. Bottle, received in a trade with craftbeer1over, thanks!
Clear deep purple with a very small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, prunes, raisins, figs, wood, warming alcohol.
Taste is medium sweet, boozy and soft bitter. Finish is sweet caramel, vanilla, figs, toffee, very light roasted, warming bourbon alcohol. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, oily texture.
Great bourbon BA barley wine, well balanced.
Jokestereo (307) - SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark brown woth a thin line of beige head. Aroma; Bourbon, dades, plumes, toffee, caramel, coconut and chocolate. Flavour; Coconut, vanilla, toffee, caramel, bourbon, raisins and chocolate.
linusb (899) - SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Deep brown, almost black with some red tones. Small light brown/white head that disappears right away N: Vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee T: Vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee O: Bourbon bomb! Very very nice!
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown color thatís completely opaque with mahogany edges and thin, off-white head that immediately fades. Not much in the way of lacing.
Sweet boozy aroma with a really nice barrel presence thatís very nicely integrated into the notes of the base beer. Some toasted oak with lots of spicy bourbon and sweet brandy along with rye whiskey, vanilla bean and toasted coconut. Nice spirit presence with a faint touch of oak that isnít too charred or toothpick-like. Underneath there is some leathery malt and dark fruit sweetness. Thankfully the barrel presence doesnít completely obliterate the other notes. Iím slowly picking up hints of biscuit, toasted malt, plum, raisin and fig. The barrel notes are excellent but I would prefer a bit more barleywine character in the nose.
Viscous and oily with a boozy barrel presence that has a ton of heat and spicy, sweet bourbon character that dominates the palate, lingering over the leathery malt and sweeter notes into a dry finish. Lots of vanilla bean, marshmallow and toasted coconut along with some dry, toasted oak but itís somewhat faint at this point. Slightly harsh, boozy and hot but this beer has some really nice barrel flavor. Underneath, there is decent leathery malt presence along with vinous dark fruit and port-like notes. Hints of date, raisin, plum, fig and dark cherry but the booze is a bit too strong for my preference, killing off most of the barleywine characteristics. Solid with good barrel flavors but the spirit/booziness is a bit overwhelming for me. Lacking in balance and surprisingly still very hot and boozy this long after the release.
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2015 22oz bottle shared by Confluence Josh. Dissipating tan-sheeting mahogony with some red. A-hot bourbon/wood, brown sugar, dk fruit, med malt. T-follows. Smooth.
EdKing (2405) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared on Zwanze Day 2015 at The Kernel, very kind regards to Dave. This is one of those beers Iíve seen requests for on the trade forum, and thought to myself, íIíd like to try thatí. And so it comes to pass. Opaque very dark brown colour with a slight off white head. Nose is soft, musty, musky, soft orange citrous, brown sugar, barley grain mustiness, dark fruits, dried figs, bourbon barrel, vanilla, bourbon whiskey. Taste is very smooth and not hot at all. Caramel, soft orange citrous, vanilla, wood barrel, musty barley grain, Bourbon sweetness, dried fig. I really really like this. In fact so much I drank the last drop. Many many thanks Dave, this was a beer moment. What a tragedy itís retired!