PhillyCraft (4760) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany pour with medium sized head and lacing. Color of the foam was khaki. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, sugar, sweetness, oak, and grain. Flavor was much of the same with a lot of bitter tasting hops coming through. More of a triple ipa or a really hoppy barleyine if u ask me. Medium to full mouth. The B.a version was a lot more balanced and drinkable then regular.
SirLimpsalot (3119) - 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 (1010) - 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 (2210) - 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 (3964) - 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 (3640) - 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.
ramboraffe (1529) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Hazy red amber with off white head. Caramel, vinous smell with some whisky and alcohol. Taste is caramel,,oak, over ripe fruit, whiskey, rhum, toffee, syrup and dried fruit. Semi sweet with medium bitterness and low carbonation.
bytemesis (5553) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 2011. Pours deep reddish chestnut, small beige head, some residual and lacing. Aroma is hugely oaky, vinous, slightly Bretty, whiskey. Flavor is light sweet, some tartness, loads of oak tannins, some funk, whiskey, dry sherry. Medium body. Interesting what 5 years has done to this one.
anders37 (20831) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody caramel bourbon aroma. Fruity malty woody caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty woody caramel bourbon vanilla finish.
jflopsu (912) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark redish-brown. Has a strong caramel and dark alcohol flavor. Strong flavor of caramel, dark alcohol, and malts. Not much different than the non-barrel version.
Holmen1 (4120) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fra flaske på Cardinal M2 sep-15: Sigmund overgår seg selv og ruller ut den ene h¨jdaren etter den andre (La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged, Stone Double Bastard, for å nevne noen). Denne har lett grumset brunlig farge med kort skum. Saftig, lekker og balansert med sviskeplommer, rosiner, sherrytoner, vanilje og amerkanske whiskeyfat. Life is indeed good.