drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
During RBWG 2013. Bottle shared by me from a trade with TigerBrew, I think. Deep amber brown pour with a nice tan head. Awesome rich BA aroma and flavor - fudge, wood, whiskey, vanilla, oak, etc. - with lots of dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, and goodness underneath from the base. Iím digging their BA stuff!
Sledutah (3624) - Utah, USA - APR 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Dark ruby with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Vanilla, brandy, woody and brown sugar
Taste: Brandy, grapes and woody
Great barley wine, great aroma
douglas88 (5115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to Stawn. Pours a deep red/brown color with a large creamy beige head. A wonderful fruity brandy nose, superb, sugary and woody. Rich dry flavors with huge grapes, heat, caramel, brown sugar, some berries. Very good, the nose is amazing.
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, $6.49 at Olive Tree Market in OB. Deep mahogany with a 1/2 finger tan head, fair retention. Aroma is dominated by old boozy spirit wood and caramel vanilla. The flavor has less sweet notes, and tends to turn more bittersweet with scorched caramel. Now I can tell that the spirit is brandy (in the flavor). I can tell itís strong, but doesnít quite feel like 12.5%. Semi-dry earthy finish, bitterness peaking at a 3. Light prickly carbonation with a full body. Happy to have tried it, but no desire to get another bottle.
jbeatty (845) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 03/21/2013. Pours deep dark brown, thick tan head settles respectably to the surface, nice lacing with active carbonation feeding the edge of the glass. Complex aroma- boozy candied fruits, cherry, chocolate toffee with some roast elements, sweeter caramel and brandy notes on top.Taste follows suit, though perhaps would be better with less carbonation- chocolate caramel toffee with roasted bitterness, booze, a little smoky too with sweeter barrel notes floating on top, lots of wood, drying out the finish. Thick, chewy palate. Really nice, reminds me in some respects of HotD offerings like Matt or Cherry Adam.
mcberko (4805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from TigerBrew (thanks a lot, Cesar), pours a deep dark mahogany with a medium tan head. Aroma is complex, full of rich dark dried fruits, caramel malts, and brandy barrels. Flavour brings out the brandy barrels upfront - the brandy certainly dominates, with secondary flavours of dark dried fruits (especially raisins), and some caramel malt. Rich and flavourful with the brandy dominating. However, this is almost no hint of the 12.5% ABV. Excellent stuff.
StefanSD (1921) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from bev4less. pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head that has fair retention. The aroma is big and bold with molasses, toffee, cherries and some booze. The flavor, like the nose, has lots of toffee backed up by raisins, dates, caramel, molasses, brown sugar and some brandy. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with a bit of lingering brandy. Overall: Fine stuff, me like.
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Bine and Vine: Created thick fluffy foam of head which eventually fizzed downwards while an opaque dark mahogany colored liquid rested below. Aroma is bold with a hefty serving of syrupy like malts that suggest melted caramel and sticky sweet maple syrup, however, only minor notes of wood barrel comes through. The flavor is initially sweet yet has a bite of bitterness that probably stems from the wood barrels. The drink is chewy with thick syrupy malts that resemble caramel maple syrup while allowing some room for fig or dates. Itís only after taking sips did the brandy barrel reach the spot light and seems as though it suppressed the original flavor of this beer but I mean that in a good experimental way. Certainly a big heavy hitting barley wine and glad this was only a 12 oz bottle instead of a bomber or 4 pack.
JAXSON (511) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown pour with red highlights and a fairly large head. Nose is really boozy -- sweet, jar of brandied cherries, vanilla. Not a ton of malt complexity going on. Barrel heavy flavor, mostly oak and brandy elements. Sweet brandy soaked cherries and other dark fruits, hot booze around the edges, fairly over the top oak. Certainly not under-oaked. Little malt balance, let alone complexity. Carbonation too high for the style. Decent but a bit one dimensional.
brokensail (9108) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brownish pour with a khaki head. Extremely woody aroma. Lots of oak, some brandy, and a decent vanilla character. Thereís a lot of walnuts, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit. The flavor is really heavy on the walnut character too. Big charred oak flavor, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit sweetness to balance that out. Mild brandy, some vanilla, and a hint of chocolate. Pretty boozy, particularly as it warms.