MasterSki (8) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Received this in White Whale IV BIF from mikeyv35. Served in a Michigan Brewer’s Guild tulip.
A - Pours with surprising carbonation. A finger-plus of tan foam settles to a thick ring and partial cap, but minimal lace. Transparent dark brown body with some transparency when held at the right angle. Swishing the glass totally reactivates the foam.
S - Butterscotch, coconut, and oak - definitely a lot of barrel present here. Base beer provides brown sugar, molasses, and light oxidation notes. Gets increasingly woody as it warms up. Still pretty potent and defined after 6 years.
T - Taste is a little sweeter, with less overt oak character. Port-like oxidation, brown sugar, raisins, molasses, and butterscotch. Not much whiskey or overt alcohol - I’m guessing these have mellowed out over the years.
M - Carbonation is much too high - somewhat harsh and spritzy. It actually takes a while to settle down enough so that one can objectively evaluate the taste properly. Medium body seems a touch thin for 11%. Some tannic oak in the finish, but minimal alcohol warmth.
D - Had the unfortunate position of being consumed concurrently with M. Still it was quite tasty for a 6-year old barrel-aged barley wine. Once the bubbles dissipate a bit it’s a nice treat that any lover of the style should get to experience. Seems to be aging gracefully if cellared properly, although it’s not going to be better with additional age methinks.
djd07 (9730) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Matt during RBWG lobby sesh. Pours a cloudy brown with beige head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, raisins, and vanilla. Thin mouth with sweet malt, brown sugar, caramel, and dark fruits, very oxidized.
jandd1983 (3791) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the RBSG 2014. It poured a clear brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was of dark fruit, some bourbon, wood and alcohol. The taste was of dark fruits, some light bourbon with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Very nice.
Enjoyit (3754) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 vintage. Unclear reddish of color with a beige head. An aroma of dark fruits, sweets, port, candy, honey, prunes and coconut. A flavor of coconut, malt, port and prunes.
TheAlum (6926) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Dan’s Birthday Tasting (Lyons, IL). Pours a well hazed murky brownish amber pour, murky and dark with a frothy tannish head that dies to a decent film, laces ok. Aromas show oak, vinous qualities, some vanilla and spirit. Firmer oxidation, toffee and toast. Some caramel, and biscuits, and bread. Initial is red licorice, caramel and toffee, some biscuits, and oak. Vanilla, spirit and whiskey is gentle. Middle is a bit sweet, but firmly thinned. Some toffee, vanilla, oxidation. Backend is touches of spirit, dryness, and oak. A bit oxidized, dry. Still has held up surpringly well. Nice.
bhensonb (13982) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 shared by Irishboy - thanks for this and so many others! Pours dirty dark brown with no head. Aroma is prune backed by brown sugar. Med body. Flavor is dark fruit, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, and it’snot at all sticky sweet. Arguably a bit oxidized. Or not. Develops pluminess in the finish.
Sledutah (6972) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at RBWG
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium sized tan head and good lacing
Vanilla, bourbon and brown sugar
Still a nice BW, still sweet.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at RBWG in the Hotel Lobby. Very sweet, Oak, Raisins and a little hint of metallic oxidation. This is quite great for a 7+ year old brew.
Leighton (18222) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at RBWG 2013, huge thanks to Matt! Pours hazy brown with a small, beige foam head. Rich malty aroma, oxidized malts, caramel and toffee, brown sugar. Big sweet flavor, deep brown sugar and toffee, raisins, some light earthy bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Rich, sweet finish, lots of dark sugar, raisins, brown sugar, dark fruits, some honey. Has aged very well. Loads of depth.
madmitch76 (21720) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3rd January 2011
2005 bottle. Cloudy red - brown beer. Small frothy cream - tan head. Some oxidised malt on the nose. Softish palate, slightly dry. Creamy malt, smooth. Not unpleasant sherry like oxidisation. Milk chocolate. Soft vanilla. Prune fruits in the undertone. Semi soft finish. Clearly an aged beer, but a very good one!
jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Kramer’s Campground Brewdown 2012. Not sure who brought this one, but thank you! Always excited to try a heavyweight brew. Pours a dark amber red body with nice off white lacing. Aroma is vanilla malts, caramel, dark fruits, light booze and bourbon. Mouthfeel is softly carbonated and medium with notes of vanilla, bourbon, light oak, fruit - both dark fruit and berries, caramel, sweet chocolate and warming alcohol in the finish.