rougeau13 (2544) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear reddish-amberish-brown with a beige head and serious lacing. Aroma of figs, whiskey barrel, and caramel. Taste is sweet, boozy, and lightly bitter. Dry, medium-full bodied, boozy, and smooth. Good, but I have to say I prefer the standard version.
koleminer20 (2355) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. Enjoyed at the 3rd Annual Barleywine Tasting at Travis’s house on February 20. 750 mL bottle. The pour is a dark garnet color with some light brown tinting. There is a thin light tan head and a little bit of lace as it disappears. The aroma is pretty interesting. There is a ton of hops on this right up front. Makes me think of BA Bigfoot for sure. There is a nice light caramel and toffee and a lot of oak char. There is a little vanilla on the back end, but the hops really take back over. The flavor is pretty boozy. There is a lot of alcohol and a soft caramel. The barrel carries a lot of influence, and it’s just kind of single dimensional. I wish it were a little better. The mouth feel is pretty good, but it is a little light. The carbonation is a little sharp, and the aftertaste is lingeringly hoppy and boozy. This is pretty interesting, but it does remind me heavily of BA Bigfoot, which definitely isn’t one of my favorite barleywines.
italianjohn (2872) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled March 26th 2015... Opened with no carbonation ... Clear deep Crimson pour with a thin beige head and light sticky lacing .... Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, coconut, dry oak, caramel and roasted malts and a bit of nougat .... Taste is of caramel malts, nougat, vanilla, butterscotch, dry oak, roasted malts and light bourbon notes .... Has a candied sweetness to it ... Finish is dry malty with a sweet and very light bitterness .... Aged one of these once and it was too awful to rate... Do not age this beer. Have this fresh
Dogbrick (11322) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle. This brew pours a hazy mahogany-brown color with a medium beige head that diminishes gradually to a film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of oak, malt, hops and fruit. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, caramel malt, earthy hops and fruit. The finish is oaky with a whiskey and malt aftertaste. Good beer all around.
Gluepot (396) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another well appreciated heavy weight. A classic caramel malt BW, but backed up by a hefty 80-plus IBUs of American hops. The barreling adds warmth and taste. Dark berries underneath the stronger tastes adds to the balance. Thick,heavily roasted malt remain the core of this excellent, rich BW.
SirLimpsalot (3673) - SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
@ Basunen 16-1-9: ganska intetsägande både i doft och smak. Lite fat och lite malt, annars inget.
neongolden (1187) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(750ml 2015 bottle from Systembolaget web order) Pours a clear pale mahogany with red highlights and small, dense and lingering off-white head with lace. Aroma has a sweet toffee and vanilla fudge core, lots of barrel character with bourbon and vanilla, oak, ashy, maple-smoked bacon, dates, some vague sweet berry notes, a bit of bready character to the malt. Flavour holds less sweetness and vanilla than the nose, with a relatively dry character for a big barley wine. The malt core has bits of toffee and caramel along with some breadiness like sweet dessert buns, a good helping of fairly hot bourbon with less vanilla and more whiskey grain and wood notes. A bit of sweet dried pit fruit in the middle - some dates but also apricot and maybe prune. Lots more oak builds towards the finish, tobacco and leather along with toasted wood. Finish is bone dry with low alcohol heat, whiskey, wood, light toast and maybe a bit of bittering hop. Medium full slightly oily body with light-medium carb. Quite a nice barrel-aged barley wine, not cloying at all.
ansalon (2846) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber with a foamy tan head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, molasses, dates, figs, slight liqourice, oak notes, roasted malts. Taste is a very nice mixture between smoked honey and malty backbone. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.
superspak (4566) - Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2015 750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/27/2015. Pours hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, brown bread, toasted oak, light citrus/pine, floral, grass, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light citrus/piney hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, brown bread, toasted oak, light coconut, light citrus/pine, floral, grass, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, date, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, brown sugar, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light citrus/piney hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Some slight dryness from bitterness as well. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged American barleywine. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light citrus/piney hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
VsXsV (3890) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Light hazy deep copper liquid with small to medium white off-white head. Aroma of raw sugar, wort, anice, bread and toffee. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of toffee, raw sugar, booze, anice and bourbon. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.