bw1982 (113) - , Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small bottle, 2006 vintage. The color is a vibrant copper with a very small (and very short lived) white head. The aromas more than made up for the lack of head, with the peaty true scotch wafting up immediately upon being poured. The flavor was actually quite sweet, the only thing I would say against this is that it might be a little bit too sweet, but there is so much deep smokiness that after a few sips the sweetness is no longer off-putting. Fantastic beer.
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavy apple juice on the nose. probably from a mix of barley, yeast and peated malt. a very subdued lagavulin flavor, intense sweet barely on the front of the tongue slight bitter rings on the center and sides and a malty sweet finish with fruit overtones. extremely unique. large mouthfuls go down very easy. This should age well.
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear and very light in color with almost no head. Smells like Scotch. Really interesting flavor, tastes like Scotch mixed with beer, but not overpowering.
beerbiere (101) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like corn syrup, even has a color close to it with a minimal head quiklcy dissipating. Aroma of smoke, oak, vanilla and caramel and a touch fruity (orange?). Flavor was at first disconcerting for there were two distincts taste, the smoke and the sweetness, but they initially did not blend. As the beer warmed, the flavor slowly but surely mixed which was very pleasing with a hint of bitterness and a finish reminsicent of cognac. As for the body, I cannot think of any beer more round than this one and it is very sirupy. A true digestive beer, very eclectic.
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
musky and port like though not sweet. an excellent sipping brew in place of port, sherry or other. a bit overpowering with a meal but as a lead in or after it’s on the mark.
t4h2c0 (89) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had it out of old british pin at Uber Tavern Seattle 6-9-08. Strong scotch nose and full mouth flavor, smell like scotch and tatses like it all the way down. Not as sweet as the regular harvest ale but still has strong butterscotch and candy like flavor. Damn good beer!!!!!!!
nj_BierMaven (85) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Somerset Hills Tap Room in NJ. Thank you to Kevin the manager and his management for supporting him in putting amazing off-the-mainstream brews like this on the rotating draft list. Pours a beautiful cloudy amber, with a nose that clearly announces its Scotch barrel ancestry. Mild carbonation does not interfere with the peaty, smoky character that defines this barley wine. Was too cold upon delivery from the tap, but the maltiness revealed itself upon warming, balancing out the smokiness. Not for the faint of heart, but for barley wine and Scotch lovers a reward worth pursuing. I don’t taste the alcohol notes others described, just a malty smoky complexity that defies description.
MBrausen (69) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 vintage bottle poured into a CBS Sniffer.
A. Beautiful red hue, thin layer of head even with an aggressive pour. Head faded quickly to a clean as glass surface.
S. Smells of sweet fruit, cherries, sour. Very much like sherry, and nearing the smell of a sour.
T. Very sweet, light cherry, a little honey and and a tiny bit tart. Noticeable charred oak after taste along with some chocolate. Mild whiskey taste, but very well balanced. This is one of the better additions of whiskey I have ever had. After 2 years, it has clearly mellowed to an ideal balance.
M. Medium body, watery with a coarse slightly dry finish. A little chewy. Thick without being hard.
O. This is a very good barelywine to me. I think 2 years was perfect for this one. Minimal alcohol with a fair amount of barrel really make this a pleasure to drink. You do not taste the 11.5% at all. If this wasn’t so spendy, I would have a fridge full of it.
jd10 (66) - Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9.3 oz. bottle, 2007 vintage. Poured hazy orange/copper with minimal white head. Aromas of whiskey, fruit, and a bit of wood. Tastes pretty sweet - some caramel and toffee flavor, along with fruit like apple, raisin, and pear. A fair amount of whiskey flavor is present, including hints of wood and smoke. Definately some spice flavor as well. Interesting and very good.
PacNWDad (64) - Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I tried the 2009 offering. Wow. Overwhelming peaty, malty aroma, with some soy sauce and smokiness. Maybe some sour apple in there. Truly unique. I love it because I am a big Lagavulin fan. Copper color, somewhat cloudy. Almost no head, which is not surprising given the almost complete lack of carbonation. Very complex flavor. Somewhat sour and sweet flavor, with salty, minerally overtones. Heavy bodied, not a beer to watch the game with (unless you’re like me). Essentially flat in terms of carbonation. Long finish with almost a copper flavor and whiskey really comes out in the end. Overall, I think it is a spectacularly good, and unique beer.