oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Deep ambery small off-whie head. Deep ambet colour small white. Aroma is Sweet malts, raisins and and some caramel. Flavour is chocolate, liqurice roast and ashes.
omhper (18949) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at PBF, thanks to baggio’s American friend whose name escapes at this time of the night. Hazy mahogany colour, small head. Bourbony caramel aroma. Sweet, full bodied, well rounded mouthfeel. Fudge wrapped in vanilla with heating bourbon and white pepper. Despite the sweet soft mouthfeel the heat of the bourbon takes over.
TBone (11893) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 0,66l (PBF, barrel aged and vintage 2011)
Deep ruby color, small beige head, Vanilla, toffee and bourbon in the nose. Medium-bodied. Lots of bourbon in the flavor, even pure, burning alcohol, vanilla. Way too alcoholic still although quite good.
IrishBoy (3751) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2013 Bomber from BevMo Salinas. Nose is toffee, brown sugar, and hints of roast, vanilla, and floral hops. Hazy brown with a medium, long lasting, lightly lacing tan head. Flavor is sweet golden raisin pie, hints of bitterness and vanilla, with a mixed sweet and bitter finish with a touch of bourbon.
TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, barrel aged Vintage 2011. Darkish brown with a foamy beige head. Nose is caramel and light bourbon. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is bourbon, caramel and bitter hops. Bourbon up front with a bitter finish. Least dynamic of the brews in this barleywine tasting but still quite good.
marcus (6011) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Pangaea Bottle Shop, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a modest tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a robust dark molasses flavor that leaves an alcoholic tingle on the tongue.There is a very bitter anise-like finish. A nice complex sipping beer.
rayOfBeer (652) - El Cerrito, California, USA - MAY 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle vintage 2011: brown pour with small off-white creamy head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, vanilla, some roasted grain and a light coconut note. Flavor is creamy caramel, vanilla, light touch of molasses, mild bourbon and oak notes, and a hint of toasted grain. Palate is silky and mostly sweet with a boozy prescence but not harsh. Ends with a touch of bitter to the sweet. Wow, nice beer, rather expensive at $14. A great sipper with lots of elements to take in, and, changes as the beer warms. I will buy more if the budget allows.
rmussman (1688) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nicely made brew. Love the deep color and creamy head. Really nice roasted barley taste.
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
$15.99 bomber from Olive Tree Market in OB a couple weeks ago. I hope this is a rendition of Old Inventory from Steve when he was at Valley Brewing. Clear ruby brown with a one finger beige head, swirly with decent retention. Caramel, toffee, toast and bourbon (the old delicious oxidized type, not a fresh boozy barrel) blend pretty well, as the latter two temper the sweetness of the first. Digging a bit deeper some dark ripe figs with a tinge of prunes comes forth with a bit of vanilla and cream. The flavor adds a slightly harsher booze presence, and even adding a little roast moving towards the finish. A bit boozy in the finish (doesn’t even try to hide its 10.5%), as the bourbon is becoming of the more fresh persuasion (maybe young is a better term, as opposed to my earlier statement on the aroma). The finish is bone dry with bitterness peaking at a 2-3, faint char showing up way way way late. Low carbonation with a full body. Still pretty good, but I’m glad I have one bottle for the cellar/base/ment/closet/windowsill(joke) to save for a year or so to see if this mellows.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a dark brown color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some light lace.
S - Aroma is full of rich sweet caramel malts, with some brown sugar, vanilla, oak, dark fruit, licorice, and just a hint of booze.
T - Starts off with some rich sweet caramel malts with some dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, and a bit of black licorice. Through the middle, some oak comes through alongside some stronger dark fruits and a bit of molasses. The finish is a mix of sweet caramelized malts, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, dark fruit, and a bit of booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a syrupy, warming, and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice malty English barleywine. The sweet caramelized flavor balance really nicely with the barrel flavors.