BMan1113VR (7869) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2012. Pours with a hazy deep brown hued body with a large tan head. Aromas are of bourbon, brown sugar, cocoa, ashy, lightly spicey, vanilla, earthy and nutty. Flavors show a bit of heat, vanilla, cocoa, bourbon and vanilla. Peppery. Lively carbonation and palate with a spicy finish.
hombrepalo (1852) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Missed this rating at FoBaB 2012. Probably the favorite of the event. This pours out a dark murky brown with a thin tan head. Smells like chocolate, mole, oak, nutmeg and dark fruits. Taste is similar and quite smooth. Well balanced and enjoyable. Going to have to get this when it comes out (now).
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Multiple pours at GABF. Brown pour. Wow. Chocolate, cinammon, tofee, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, light spice from the hops. Flavor is sweet and rich. So much delicious notes both from the base beer and barrels. Vanilla rich, toffee, oak, brown sugar, snickerdoodle cookies. Yes!
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at the 2012 Great American Beer Fest in Denver, Colorado. Nice toffee roast scents, taste is a bit of toffee and spice.
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
FOBAB 2011. This is part of my discovery of old ratings. I guess I got a little behind over the years. Red brown in color with no head. Rich red caramels brown sugar sweet. Sweet medium body. Nice cocoa in with the barleywine. Sweet pretty solid. 8/3/8/3/15 I remember this won gold or silver. I don’t think it was that great, but good stuff.
arminjewell (6417) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour on tap at GABF, dark brownish red pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of big dark chocolate, chili notes, hints of bourbon and oak, slight vanilla, caramel and toffee notes hints of cookie in there as well. Taste is a nice mix of dark chocolate, roast, coffee notes into nice chili, vanilla, oak, slight bourbon notes in there, finishing fairly sweet, chocolate forward and roasted, oaky.
Dogbrick (8658) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at GABF 10/11/2012, thanks to Bluemeow76 for assistance with note-taking. Cloudy dark brown color with a medium khaki head and short strings of lace. Aroma of chocolate and bourbon. Medium to full body with flavors of bourbon, cocoa and malt. The finish is chocolatey with a mildly boozy aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
jredmond (5624) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at GABF 2012 with Andrew & Sofia. Pours a deep murky brown body with tan lacing. Aroma is super sweet chocolate, light bourbon, cocoa, spice, maple and toffee. Mouthfeel is creamy with notes of sweet chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, maple, and cocoa. A great, BA barley wine.
JoePeesie (878) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
FoBAB 11’- Was expecting to like this beer more than I did, that said, it’s solid, pours a dark black to brown, nose and taste are of spices, coco nibs, caramel. Very sweet and a touch spicy. A good beer but I had thought it was going to be special and I did not find this to be.
adnielsen (9460) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF. Probably had about five or six tastes during my two days. Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a smallish brown head. Huge aroma of thick, rich chocolate along with notes of coffee, caramel, toffee, and whiskey. Flavor is more of the same with a ton of rich, tasty chocolate, mild toffee, vanilla, and light wood. Very nice stuff!