superspak (3500) - Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 9/7/2011. Pours an extremely dark brown/almost black color; with a 1 finger foamy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a ring of lace and spotty bubbles that linger. Slight foamy lacing on the glass, but at 13.4%, this is expected. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, fig, toast, toffee, grape, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, earth, leather, and light rye spiciness; slight alcohol as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of maltiness and barrel character. Taste of huge toffee, caramel, raisin, prune, fig, molasses, toast, oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, earth, tobacco, leather, and light rye spiciness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of toffee, toast, raisin, prune, fig, caramel, molasses, oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, leather, and light rye spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of malty flavors with a great complimenting balance of the barrel character; with nearly zero cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and fairly syrupy mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is insanely well hidden at 13.4% with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly fantastic barrel aged barleywine with fruit juices! The flavors from the fruit juices are not overpowering, and the malt complexity of the barelywine is highly complex. Very smooth to sip on as well for the gravity. An incredibly enjoyable offering.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Batch 001/791 cases. Bottled 9/7/2011.
A: Pours a very deep ruby with a frothy tan head about two fingers in height. The head recedes to a thin collar and doesn’t really leave on stick on the glass.
S: Dark fruits and sweet grape are most prevalent in the nose with just a touch of rye whiskey lingering in the background. There is some mild oak as well.
T: The first sip is a smooth, but very subdued, rye whiskey with a slight oakiness. There is a definite candied grape sweetness mixing with other dark fruits, but it is more on the sweet side. The backend is slightly warming with a little burnt sugar bitterness to cut the sweetness.
M: Full bodied with medium to low carbonation. Slick and oily feeling with a minute warming sensation after each sip.
O: The fruit juices used definite amp the flavor up a notch and the barrel aging added a nice little layer of flavor. The fruity sweetness might turn some people off, but it worked for me in this case.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-06-2012
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16oz Growler from Beverage World. Just past 1 year old on the keg. Served at cellar temperature.
Pours dark brown with red highlights and a one finger tan head that recedes to just a light ring and leaves just a few spots of short-lived lacing behind.
Aroma starts with the Rye Whiskey and oak, then moves to a big blast of dark fruits, the figs and dates come through particularly well, the grapes and pomegranates are here, very rich smelling, very fruity, very strong and very good.
Flavor is even more rich and intense than the aroma. More about the dark fruits here. Tons and tons of dates and figs, strong notes of grapes and pomegranates, and the whiskey and oak come through in the middle to the finish. Somewhat sweet. Some people say they get soy sauce, but I don’t really get it...all about the dark fruits and whiskey barrels for me. There is some alcohol, but for over 13% ABV it is incredibly well-hidden.
Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, somewhat sticky, low-ish carbonation, but at times still feels a little prickly.
Passed on the bottles last year, and really regret it now, but stoked to get a chance to try this on draft. This stuff is incredible, very rich, complex and delicious!
_angst_ (3648) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber received in trade. Thank you Claspada. Pours very dark reddish brown with a mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet with sweet dark bread, caramel, whisky, rye flour, wood, vanilla fudge, figs, prunes, alcohol, toffee, lemon zest and hay. Taste is very sweet, malty and fruity with sweet dark bread, figs, prunes, alcohol, whisky, roasted coconut, burnt caramel, toffee, wood, raisins and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, slightly boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet and malty with sweet dark bread, figs, prunes, dark cherries, wood, roasted coconut and caramel. Quite nice...
Marsiblursi (3063) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours dark mahogany brown with nougat coloured head. The aroma holds fruit, caramel, sugar, resinous hops, alcohol and wood shop/barrel. The flavour is medium sweet, medium to heavily bitter and tiny acidic with notes of wood, resin, caramel and fruits. The mouthfeel is sticky, round and light astringent with a light carbonation. Lingering aggressive finish. Near full bodied.
rlgk (14381) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Bomber-o-rama, Göteborg. From a trade with claspada in NYC. Chocolate and toffee aroma, fruity, caramel, warming alcohol,figs, raisins, biscuits, cocoa, vanilla, licorice notes. Fruity flavor, figs, raisins, dades, alcohol notes, licorice, vanilla, plums, ripe pears, caramel, hay, banana notes, sweetish and with some peach.
timfoolery (1125) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a local place over a year ago. Aroma and Flavor of dark fruit and malty, traditional barley wine. Even after a year, this one needs to mellow some...a little hot and very slightly bitter. It’s made to stand the test of time, but I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. Very good beer.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep reddish-brown pour with a bit of off-white head. Brown sugar sweetness, bourbon, rye spice, and caramel on the nose. Flavors of brown sugar sweetness, wood, and toffee.
umich03jm (2852) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2012 Pours a very dark brown and amber color with a nice tan head that lingers a bit. Aroma is an abundance of caramel malt and bourbon mixed with figs, citrus and lots of other dark and light fruit. Taste is what you would expect. Big bourbon and sweet caramel malt at first that is quickly mellowed by a strong bitterness and fruit. Finish is mostly smooth and it leaves a nice sweet bourbon taste on the tongue. Only a very slight alcohol burn. I wish the bourbon was just a tad more subtle in this but its still very good.
cbfobes (2731) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Dexters, pours a dark brown nearly black with a thin head and spotty lacing, the aroma has a huge amount of malt with shiskey and chocolate, the front end of the flavor has a big chocolate amount with a finish of dark fruit and a little bit of whiskey, pretty balanced through out the entire glass, very nice.