monk191 (901) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fantastic barleywine, probably the best we've had. Pours a beautiful deep red/brown with a super thick tan head. Smells great, lots of bourbon, some oak and vanilla. Taste starts with lots of bourbon, some spices and oak chips coming in at the middle, with a finish of caramel and vanilla, almost like ice cream that sticks on your tounge. Very complex, and a great finish. Paired with black and blue steak, the beer is smoothed out. Had in the bottle.
Fritz123 (971) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share. Snifter pour. Poured a muddy dark brown with small head. The aroma was dark fruits, wood barrel, caramel malts, and bourbon. The taste was fairly complex with oak, booze, dark fruits, rich creamy caramelized malts, and vanilla. Thick mouth, full body. Finish was booze, barrel, and caramel.
Iphonephan (3203) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of vanilla and oak. Flavors of caramel, plums and dark cherries. Smooth boozy finish.
UDBeernut (1679) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours mohagany brown. Enjoyed with my wife while looking at house thinking Hard to believe its 3 rd move coming in bout six years. Nose has light whiskey, vanilla, caramel, toffee. Taste follows, bourbon sweetness lingers. Sweetness prevails. Nice lacing pattern left at the end.
MarinEvelyn (545) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like a wine, kind of like a barley wine. I don’t know what else to say, the description is pretty spot on.
beerbaaron (1222) - Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2014 2014 vintage. Deep ruby dark brown with medium sized lasting creamy beige head. The given description describes it well. Very balanced aroma and flavor. Barrel character stays complimentary. Alcohol is fairly well hidden mostly. Lighter full to bigger medium body. Soft and creamy. Really nice finish. This is a very good beer, but nothing memorable really stands out about it I guess, or maybe its me that’s just blah.. I guess ill remember it for being really well put-together.
adnielsen (9032) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Steve’s house. Thanks Steve! Pours a touch hazy, reddish orange appearance with a brown head. Caramel, burnt malty, toffee, whiskey, oaky, slightly floral nose. Pretty hoppy flavor. Herbal hops. Chewy malts. Some oxidation. Caramel, a touch smoky. Toffee. Plums. Kind of boozy finish but still a pretty çhïłł beer.
arminjewell (6159) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 750 ml bottle, big thanks to Steve! 2014 bottle. Hazy dark red pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of bourbon, whiskey, oak, vanilla, touch of brown sugar, dark fruit. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, oak, vanillla, dark fruit, chocolate, hints of earth, finishing fairly sweet, dry.
NeoHippie2 (978) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Ruddy brown pour with a light tan head. Aromas of sticky toffee, hourbon, brown sugar, figs, and oak. Just smells wonderful. Flavor is candied dark fruits and bourbon with touches of oak. Warming finish from the abv but not overwhelming. Delicious.
_angst_ (2757) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle received in trade. Thank you StefanSD! Pours very dark ruby reddish brown with a surprisingly big frothy mocha head that leaves some spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and malty with sweet dark rye bread, caramel, toffee, charred wood, caramelized almonds, toasted coconut, roasted hazelnuts, coconut milk, hay, vanilla fudge, hay, raisins and hints of prunes. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, dry wood, toasted coconut, cocoa powder, caramelized nuts, hay, orange zest, alcohol, black pepper corns and raisins. Mouthfeel is soft, round, velvety, tiny astringent and near full bodied. Finish is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with caramel, toffee, charred wood, vanilla fudge, toasted coconut, sweet dark bread, raisins, prunes and lemon zest. High quality BA barley wine!