GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2011
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
I smell it and I don’t even want to drink it. It smells so sickeningly sweet and full of adjuncts that my stomach turns. Thick and sweet as all hell with burning alcohol. Jeez, these guy’s get worse with every new beer they introduce. Putrid!
daknole (9127) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super dark pour, nice creamy head. Aroma has big fruit up front, molasses, dates, alcohol, maple. Flavor is sweet and very fruity--prunes, raisins, light woody notes. Complex and damn good!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep mahogany with some copper showing through the edges under a big creamy beige head that’s continually fed by some bubbles from the bottom.
Aroma is huge and excellent with lots of toffee, caramel and molasses. There is plenty of dark fruit like dates and plums and a little vanilla. The whiskey and oak are present in the nose but are just an additional layer in the nose as opposed to dominating it.
The taste is more of the same with different sweet components all piled together. There is the underlying caramel malts but with booze soaked overripe fruits and tons of toffee and treacle. The finish has more bourbon than the aroma would suggest.
The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with plenty of carbonation. It’s really stick on the palate.
This is a massive, sugary sweet, boozy sipper. There is a lot of different flavors going on and I certainly wouldn’t call it subtle. Nonetheless, I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
swoopjones (5921) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at Blue Monk: strong, complex barleywine. Rich, dark fruits, christmas fruit cake, dates, dark cherries, toffee, caramelized malts. Boozy at 13+%, complex flavor, toffee, dates, raisins, light bourbon strong flavors> Extremely powerful but quite flavorful
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown almost black pout with a thick mocha colored head. Aroma was big bourbon and sweet malt. Hints of fruit peeked through. Flavors had bourbon all over Lots of caramel and lightly roasted dark malt throughout. Finish was smooth with a restrained bitterness, Oh so much bourbon in this one. Quite nice. Alcohol was masked well making this somewhat dangerous. Tasty barley wine.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(On draught at Papago). Pours near black with a thin off-white head. Aroma has dark fruits (figs and dates especially), a bit of anise and molasses. Taste is sweet with some bitterness on the back end. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Very interesting barleywine.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: After sipping this for a while I came to realize that this stuff is awesome! Deepest of browns, nearly black, thin frothy head, dies quickly, leaving spotty lacing. Big whiskey aroma, vanilla, oak, pomegranates and dark pitted fruit. Oh, did I mention loads of caramal and toffee? Even strong caramel and toffee on the tongue. This one is sweet, but not cloying. Big time barrel aged character with a huge malt body. Warming for 13.4%, but not alcoholic. How they hide that stuff... no clue. This comes across as having already aged. Doesn’t seem green at all, given is ABV. Huge figgy and caramel finish, vanilla, whiskey, charred oak, marshmallow, graham cracker, etc, etc, etc... this one is just blows me away. Its a sipping beer, and I sure dont mind sipping this 22oz bottle. Heck, I could sip a couple more.   Extra point given for the fact that this is not aged.
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, dark reddish brown, with a dark tan head that quickly fizzles out to a ring around the glass. Nose is -- surprise, surprise -- powerful. Boozy malts up front -- bourbon/rye, dark fruits (especially figs), raisins, and some chocolate. Maybe a faint note of tobacco. A strong vanilla note in there, as well. Flavor follows suit, but what had been a fairly disparate bouquet before melds together incredibly well. This is quite a palate bomb -- actually manages to hide the ABV -- with a wonderful maelstrom of flavor that lingers forever. Reminds me quite a bit of Angel’s Share, only with the carbonation that Tomme never adds, and more of a fruit-forward flavor. Quite a trip.
TheEpeeist (3364) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Purple brown with a coating crema head. Nose is wood, whiskey, chocolate and raisin. Almost full body with a soft warming buzz. Taste is better balanced and deeper than the aroma. Sweetness from the dates and figs contrasts nicely with the whiskey. Pomegranate adds a fruity, slightly sour, finish. I really like what these guys are doing with big brews lately.
Ibrew2or3 (6926) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pours a deep mahogany with infra red edges and full half inch mocha head. The aroma is full and pulsating with sweet vanilla, spicy rye bread, whiskey booze and spicy oak. Behind those notes lurk the pomegranate juice, molasses and sticky malts. The taste is all over the place even with its feel and palate starting smooth and velvety and heading into brash and bold and big (full of bigness, this). I get sweet pomegranate juice that gets a bit tart to midway and then explodes with slick molasses, fresh oak, spicy brown sugar and vanilla covered oak, spicy rye whiskey booze, black strap molasses and chocolate. Goodness! This is all sorts of bigness from all points of view. This should be interesting as all the notes blend and smooth out with age.