lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: barrels, oak, vanilla, whiskey, some minerals
Appearance: reddish-brown, creamy colored head, some lacing
Flavor: minerals, whiskey, vanilla, oak barrels, alcohol-y
Palate: smooth and creamy, strong alcohol and light vanilla aftertaste
rederic (3156) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle 213/461, bottled 08/2008, purchased at the brewery in october 2008, dark brown color, with a beige head, nice boozy phenolic, mint chocolate, dark dried fruit, vanilla oak barrel nose, with some toffee, caramelized, toasted, pale malt, caramel, bourbonish, faint floral leafy, grassy hop, toasted bread crumb accents, and a faint biscuity crackery, cocoa, subtle coconut, raisiny note in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate, with a very nice warmth whiskyish oak barrel, vanilla bourbonish, dark dried fruit, toffee, caramelized, toasted, pale, bready malty character, with some raisiny, faint leafy, grassy hop, caramelized bread crumb, faint sponge toffee, raisin pie crust, caramelized nut flavours, leading towards a good warming, toffee, caramel, dark dried fruit, lingering whisky vanilla oak, bourbonish coconut oak barrel booziness finish.
Ernesto987 (4204) - Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2015
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
completely infected, plastic and battery acid are the aromas i got, diapers, 6 month old candy bar, caramel, and trash are the fiavors. Almost vomitted.
Pyrmir (3682) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle at Hasse. Dark amber with off white head. Aroma sweet and malty with lots of whisky and wood, booze, plums and raisins. Taste is thick and sweet, wood, bourbon, sherry, raisins, plums and various dried fruit
bentbird (2) - - DEC 23, 2014 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 3444. Snifter, shared with friends.
Appearance is deep red brown. Good head which dissipated quickly.
Nose is Big citrus.
Orange peel mixed with dried fruits. Sweet plums. Surprising amount of carbonation. Can't taste the whiskey at all.
No real lingering taste.
Countbeer (4908) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle@Sad Fish tasting aka Haarlemmestraat tasting aka Elite tasting aka did Dean do something (stupid) today aka Benzais’ endless triangle travel aka Chris’ Birthday tasting:
Bottle: Thanks Rene: Served in a taster:
Creamy head on top of a hazy amber colored beer.
Aromas of barley malts, bourbon, light wild yeast, wood and cream.
Flavours of malts, bourbon, bitter, barley malts, some cream, corn, sweetbitter.
Aftertaste is sweetbitter, wood, barley malts, bourbon.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium to fuller body and a creamy texture.
dEnk (4097) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Aroma is caramel, red fruit notes, light mocca, tangy red wine notes. Flavour is quite sweet with malt and caramel, again with some tangy red wine and oak barrel notes.
Benzai (9359) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared @ tasting. Hazy red color, medium sized beige head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is malts, liquor, sweetness, but also something a little weird I can’t put my finger on. Taste malts, sweetness, liquor, wood, overripe fruits, alcohol. Quite heavy, and not as good as I had expected. Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high.
kermis (5990) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared thanks to Benzai. Pours cloudy brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of rich malt, oak, vanilla overripe dark fruit, raisins and some sweet dried fruit. Flavour is heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Full bodied with light carbonation.
Indra (2676) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, 2013 vintage. Aroma of strong oak and malt sweetness, with notes of whiskey, toffee, cherry, vanilla, caramel, earthiness, dark bread, faint spices and peppery alcohol in the background, the oak really coming to the fore, though. Murky, deep reddish-brown in color with a very fine, uneven and lasting head, leaving some fairly spectacular lacing behind as well. Flavor profile shows a good amount of oak even after well over a year in the cellar, along with plenty of rich, dark, sugary malt sweetness, lightly tart cherry, touches of toasted coconut and vanilla, brown sugar, and surprisingly prominent spicy hop bitterness, some peppery alcohol, wood and tea-like herbal tinges making their presence felt here late as well. Fine but persistent carbonation on the palate, gently tannic, tart and warming, body is fittingly gigantic. Far more challenging than Old Ruffian but not without its own merits and intrigue.
slowrunner77 (6288) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"upon opening, I was still greeted with more hops than I’d expect after a long barrel aging process. upon pouring, however, the hops are almost totally replaced in the aroma by woody vanilla, caramel, and toffee. very nice aroma. The look is fairly typical for a barleywine, which is nice, but not standout. smallish head. the flavor achieves a balance somehow between the sweet malt, whiskey, wood, vanilla, and hops...it manages to be strong in both sweet and hoppy without one being totally overpowering, although there is nothing delicate about this complex brew. In fact, our palates were so assaulted, this beer marked the start and finish of my tasting for the night. at 50+ degrees, the sweet and whiskey are a little more in the forefront, with the bittering and drying hops in the finish. As the beer gets closer to room temp, the hops take over a bit from the whiskey. A very nice beer for sure, and a rare treat, but for the price, the only way I’d get this again is to do a vertical tasting of regular/oak/and barrel aged Old Ruffians. 7/12 - 2011 batch, still not as complex as the base, due to the whiskey being in the fore, but pretty damn good. up a tenth of a point."