Theis (14665) - Frederiksberg, - NOV 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Cloudy red/brown - white head. Sweetness,coconut, american oak, amber malts, coconut candy, boozy, fruity, nutty, cocoa powder, chocolate, light citrus notes. Nice.
corby112 (2704) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy and very dark chestnut brown color that’s completely opaque with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Great retention for the style and ABV. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Great barrel presence in the aroma. Lots of spicy brandy and bourbon along with hints of vanilla and toasted coconut. Nice leathery malt backbone with vinous dark fruit notes and caramel sweetness. The barrel character is perfectly integrated into the notes of the base beer.
Full bodied with a strong barrel character and plenty of spicy booze but it’s nicely integrated into the barleywine flavors. Strong dry oak presence with lots of brandy, spicy bourbon, vanilla and toasted coconut followed by leathery malt, caramel sweetness, alcohol and vinous dark fruit, notably date, fig and plum. Really well balanced with excellent barrel integration. Complex and flavorful yet very easy to drink considering the high abv. Slight heat and warmth in the finish without being harsh. Plenty of delicious spirit without becoming overwhelmingly boozy or overpowering. Excellent!
rlgk (15333) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at West Coast Barbecue & Brew, La Mesa, during SDBW 2015. Hazy deep amber beer with a small beige head. Malty fruity aroma, caramel, vinous, figs, raisins, caramel, licorice notes. Fruity vinous flavor, nuts, caramel, toffee, licorice, chocolate notes, some warming alcohol. Very nice barley wine.
JHeath99 (1522) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a transparent brownish amber with minimal head. Aroma and taste of caramel, vanilla, some booze, and bourbon. Very nicely balanced.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My Bottom Line:
This exquisite Barrel-Aged Barley Wine develops deep caramel, vanilla, candied fruit and milk chocolate over resinous hops and their bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam covers misty amber-red.
-This is obviously sweet, but the specialty malt flavors are gorgeous.
-Barrel-aging job is well done.
-Alcohol warmth is felt, but not overly so for a 13.9% brew.
-This malt bomb is a marvelous sipper.
RickTheRick (730) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cuivrée aux reflets acajou et voilée, la bière ne mousse que très peu. Des vapeurs d’éthanol émanent du verre dès qu’on s’y approche le nez. Du sucre brun, quelques arômes épicés et boisés me confirment que je n’aurai pas affaire à un liquide trop lourd et alcoolisé. Oui c’est rond et sucré en bouche, mais une amertume fruitée vient contredire toute cette chaleur intense. Des notes de butterscotch et de vanille sont détectées et c’est fort agréable. Assez tannique également, rien pour arracher la gueule par contre.
markwise (4898) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of hamilton23. Cheers, Steve! Pours a hazy caramel-Amber with an off-white head. Nose is toffee, caramel, some oxidation, brandy, raisin, and some vanilla. Flavor is similar with caramel, toffee, brandy, oxidation, oak, and some vanilla. Flavor has definitely mellowed with age- this is a 2012- it has oxidized, but in a mildly complimentary way.
BucannonXC5 (1163) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Type: 750ml (25.4-oz.) bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary snifter
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Purchased: June 21, 2015
Consumed: Aug. 22, 2015
Misc.: Bottled in 2015; Wire hood
Poured a caramel, brown, auburn, murky color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki tan, rocky head. Minimal wet spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.88)
Smelled caramel, toffee, tobacco, bourbon, oak, whiskey, figs, dates, brown sugar and raisins. (Smell - 4.00)
Taste followed the nose. Got earthy tobacco, dates, leather, figs, raisins, toffee, caramel, bitter rye whiskey, light Citra, iced tea, woody bourbon, oak, brown sugar and molasses. (Taste - 3.88)
Medium-to-full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. This was the best part of this beer. (Feel - 4.25)
This was good, but not great. Certainly good, but not $18.99 good. (Overall - 3.88)
3.94 88 B+
koleminer20 (1377) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. 750 mL bottle, 2013 vintage. The pour is a medium to dark brown with some amber and ruby notes and a small off-white head, leaving no lace. The aroma is pretty great. Vanilla and oak in front of a nice sweet dark fruit and an excellent malt profile. The flavor starts as expected. Good caramel and malts moving through a bit of bourbon heat and some light vanilla and oak notes. The finish is the surprising part. It finishes with a sweet butterscotch. The mouth feel is viscous and chewy with a soft velvety carbonation and a lingeringly smooth sticky toffee finish.
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 28, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A top notch beer, this looks, smells and tastes mile a rich molasses dominated barley wine. 13.9% is quite a punch. The only real drawback is that I had a bit of heartburn the next day.
fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at San Diego’s Largest Bottle Share event. Lots of malty caramel and dark fruit. Very tasty.