Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by BrewEngineer at Butters Slutfest 2.0, Richmond, VA, 4.23.11. 2009 vintage. Pours a hazy copper color with a thin creamy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Big smoky notes in the aroma along with some peat, fruity notes, caramel and tea. The taste is sweet caramel and fairly strong smoky notes. Comes across much like a honey barbecue sauce. A dry ashy finish. Medium-full bodied. Interesting.
hopscotch (9996) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sparkling clear amber ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Ink-blot lacework. Malty, earthy nose with notes of oak, smoke, whiskey, honey and butterscotch. The flavor is very malty, but decently balanced with shots of caramel, whiskey, wood and smoke. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, full, sweet finish.
Benzai (9773) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
275ml bottle shared by Joes. Hazy medium to dark orange color, no head. Smell malts, whisky, lightly peat and smoke. Taste malts, a lot of whiskey, some sweetness, alcohol. Heavy! Full body, medium carbonation.
hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 & 2004 Vintages tasted side x side thanks to egajdzis. These were 2 completely different beers! The aromas of the 2003 where softer and consisted of lots of peat, earhtiness, lighter vanilla, wood, and nutty. The 2004 aromas consisted of smoke, whiskey/bourbon, and some vanilla. The tastes of the 2004 had lots more vanilla and whiskey in it vs. the 2003. 2004 was way more sweet too.
Sammy (9314) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A beverage of certain extremes. A so-so barleywine taste boosted by clear scotch whiskey and wood flavoring, an interest cloudy pour. An aroma that is at the same time beer as it is whiskey. A not so satisfying drinking experience yet smooth. Not a perfect show: Forget it, Jake, itís Chinatown.
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
275mL thanks to Travlr.Pours a tepid, hazy, light amber with yeast chunkies. Oxidized red apple nose with muted smoky Islay Scotch and honey. Taste up front is warmer with Scotch heat and big honey moving to meat and mild BBQ smoke. That odd tannic apple skin I get in all of the JW Lees barleywines gets demolished thankfully by heavy rich honey and smoked Islay Scotch. Without dregs and yeast chunkies the pour is clear amber with mild legs like a decent Scotch. Not too sweet with nice saltwater/brine and smoke to balance. Very surprising.
crossovert (8845) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2012
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Nice smoky smell, big peatiness and almost burnt rubber. The flavor is smoky but also vegetal with a sweet pea flavor.
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on gravity cask at Spuytin Duyvil. Deep dark garnet colour, completely still. Aroma is intensely oaky and smokey with more whisky character than Iíve ever tasted in any barrel-aged beer. Smells very alcoholic, but the flavour is sweet and soft. Caramel malt, honeyed sweetness and loads of sweet peaty and heathery character. Rich caramel butter sauce, demerara sugar and smokiness. Retronasally, there is still more smokiness, but this is cut short by a vineous sweetness. Itís a tasty brew, but it tends to get treacly sweet, even in this 4 oz sample.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled - St Albans BF - Again huge thanks to Duff for this offering which although brewed here is not for us Britishers as probably we cannot take the extremity (now where have I heard that before?). A mid brwon coloured beer with hops and big thick buttery alcohol in the aroma. The taste is wonderfully malty and alcolholic. Very sweet and strong. Didnít get any whiskey notes at all, but I did think it was smoother than the regular harvest ale. Very, very nice.
mcberko (8691) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
275mL bottle from 2009, split with Matts_Property, pours an opaque orangey amber with no head and lots of sediment. Quite the peaty / smokey aroma, as lots of the Lagavulin barrel quality comes through, with more buried notes of candied sugar and toffee. The sweetness comes through a lot more on the flavour, with lots of candy, caramelized sugar, toffee, etc. only slightly being countered by the smokey whiskey character. The sweetness and smokiness arenít meshed together exceedingly well, though this is enjoyable nonetheless.