DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
9.3 oz bottle shared with Humulone Red. THe color is golden/orange with a small head. It is very clear. The aroma is LAGAVULIN!! Go figure! I must confess I love this scotch so the rating is affected by this fact. I can live with it though. :-) The flavoris very malty with caramel, pretty sweet and of course, it definitely tasted peaty like Lagavulin. Try some if you can, great stuff.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
deep orange pour with slight off white head. Lagavulin shows through nicely on the nosesomewhat smokey and woody, deep sweetness. Flavor is full sweetness, vanilla, molasses, mild whiskey and wood with the whiskey really shining through toward the end of the sip. Whiskey is really becoming more pronounced as it warms up and it is really nice. I do love lagavulin though. Ends woody and with a nice syrupy coating. While I dont normally enjoy this level of syrupy body, it is really working for me in this case. I can’t stop sipping this. I only think this will get better with age.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Portland International Beerfest: Poursa deep orange with a few bubbles but not really a head. Aroma is of tons of carmel malt and alcohol and wood. Flavor is very thick and syrupy, moderately sweet and very carmelly and toffee like, finish is of wood, slight peatyness and spicyness and lots of alcohol. Its full of flavor and coats your mouth, like a thick cognac.
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004. ron burgundy would dig this one. man you can taste that whiskey. it has class smoked taste to it, also some caramel, very rich and very sweet. The warmer it gets the better it gets. sip slow embrace this one player.
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, 2008 Vintage.
Pour is a deep, dark reddish brown with a bit of a golden reflective hue. No head, no lacing, and little carbonation. The nose is scotch, sweet caramel malt, peat, smoke, burnt brown sugared ham, and wood. The taste is sweet caramel barley malt, burnt brown sugared ham, campfire smoke, peat, smooth rounded wood, and a wonderful amount of islay scotch. This is truly a wonderful aged BW. Very enjoyable. Rebuy yes.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
By far the most complex of the different barrel aged versions of this beer I’ve had. Smoke really cuts and complicates the already sweet and complex flavor of the standard. Tons of charred fruit , tar, huge Islay presence. Crazy. v.2008
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2004 bottle. Nice dark copper color with little head. Aromas of malt, whisky, peat, smoke, wet grass, toffee, butterscotch, alcohol, leather and maple syrup. Flavor was exqusite sweet caramelly malt, island scotch, chocolate, sweet wine, ripe dark fruits, candy corn, butterscotch, toast, and a hint of yeast. No hops to be found, save in the slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel was syrupy thick and velvety smooth. This barleywine is sweet but not cloyingly so. The whisky barrel aging adds a marvelous peaty/smoky character. To me there’s also the sweet alcohol bite of a good bourbon as well. Finally there’s a note of fine cognac -- warm and sweetly fruity -- that makes a great barleywine.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
STRONG whisky color. A little darker than the others. VERY smoky, definate hint of whisky. A friend says it tastes like bacon.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out amber with about an inch and a half of off white head. It shrinks down but manages to keep a small head through the consumption of this brew. Scatterings of lace were left as well on the glass. Strong smells of smoke rise from the glass accompanied by a malty sweetness and a bit of a woody scent. The alcohol and smoke really start to stand out as this warms. Taste is similar to the aroma as the smokiness and sweetness make up the majority of the flavor. There are notes of alcohol as well, this is quite the warming brew good for a cold rainy day. The sweetness is not cloying here like some of the other cask JW’s. Aftertaste is sweet with a slight bite of alcohol. Mouthfeel is syrupy and full. Drinkability was pretty good at first but once it warmed the smokiness and the alcohol were a bit too much. Overall a good brew though.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
9.3 oz Bottle. 2007 Vintage. Let me start by saying that this is easily the most well balanced Scotch aged beer that I have ever tried. Pours a fairly unappealing murky cider color with zero head and prominent yeast debris. Aside from the lackluster appearance everything else about this one pretty much rules. Can’t imagine a much better nose, soft, peaty with a touch of green apple. The whiskey flavor is heavy at the onset but is balanced nicely with flavors of toffee, butterscotch, brown sugar and maple syrup. The carbonation is minimal, but the palate is dead on with a nice softness and impressive depth without being like syrup in a bottle. The peat from the Lagavulin cask creeps back in on the finish and provides a little warmth and smokiness on the back end. I’m definitely going to make this beer a fixture of my beer cellar.