48FanInCali (829) - California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 and 2011 vintage. Murky reddish brown pour with no head. Nose of sweet malt and booze. Taste is sweet with tons of caramel, toffee, vanilla, wood, and booze. Thick mouthfeel that coats the palate. One of favorites in one of my favorite styles.
rxeight (2150) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, 2015 edition. intense caramel and hard candy. Oak vanilla toffee. Lots of spirit but not boozy. Some heavy and flavorful stuff, tastes every bit of the advertised 15%. Thick stuff for a barleywine.
chucklemation (1032) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin white head. Aroma is dark fruits, oak, caramel, toffee, butter, and vanilla. Flavor is very similar, with the oak less pronounced, replaced with a boozy heat. Sweet and thick-bodied. This is terrific.
Viper666 (2811) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Où, Quand, Comment : Bouteille. Mondial de la bière.
Couleur : brune ambrée.
Apparence : claire.
Caramel toffee, sucre brun, fruité (léger prunes, raisins) notes d’alcool, fût de chêne liquoreux, notes rôties
Entrée de bouche : fruité (raisins, dates figues), boisé (fût de chêne)
Dominance de caramel toffee léger rôti, alcool réchauffant, notes de sirop d’érable, notes terreuses et de chocolat
En bouche :
Corps : Rond.
Effervescence : moyenne-basse.
Texture : sirupeux et liquoreux.
Finale : longue, légèrement amère d’alcool et de rôti, fruitée
HonusWagner (1910) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Caramel and dark fruits and molasses and bourbon and vanilla and this is basically exactly the English BABW you’d dream of.
whale_hunter (10) - - JUN 21, 2015
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle from Kuhnhenn. Pours amber. No head. Aroma is very pleasant caramel corn, brown sugar, molasses and alcohol. Flavor is hot, metallic, caramel and bitter with a very thin body. Bourbon barrel is imperceptible, except in the hot, biting alcohol. It should be noted that this is a 2014 and drinking very young. Overall, hoping this beer improves with age. Will re-rate. Did not finish the bottle between a tasting group of five. BB4D blows this beer out of the water.
Cuso (6851) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, kindly donated by my Secret Santa, many thanks Clownoisseur. Shared with my daughter. Amber brown color with minimal white head. Honey, sweet malt, bourbon, nuts, wood.Taste, sweet malt, honey, bourbon, raisins, walnuts, coconut, sherry, dates, wood. Strong alcoholic finish. Tasty.
Clownoisseur (398) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 vintage. Pours a deep mahogany. Copper hues. A small tan head that fades to a ring. A bit of leg creeps up the glass. Aromas of roasted malt, wet oak, whiskey and dark fruit. Hot! Taste follows the nose with the barrel character being very prominent. Rich roasted barley, dark fruits and some earthiness carry the body, but ultimately, it is the wet oak bourbon that leaves the final impression. Good stuff, but a bit too barrel-forward at this time.
dfroms (477) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours slightly cloudy amber. Aroma is mega butterscotch, bourbon, sweet orange, honey. Taste is butterscotch, bitter orange, fruity coffee, mild roast, cherry, honey. Prickly carbonation. Very sweet.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle at Coles Barleywine Contest. Must have been a bad bottle. BAD, undrinkable. will rerate
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Have had on tap many times, but the bottles always taste better to me. This is a 2010 vintage, labeled at 15.1% ABV & around 3 years old. Solid, slightly red-tinted color with pretty nice clarity. Barely any head, just a small beige collar that outlines the edges. Aroma fills the room as the cap is popped. Sticky caramel & toffee factory laced with undertones of prunes, dates, raisins, maple syrup, mild oak, vanilla, warming bourbon, & a rich brown sugar aspect. So strong, robust, sweet, decadent. Huge body; viscous, chewy, sticky. You could cut this with a knife. Incredible toffee & caramel backdrop; sticky sweet & rich. The bourbon is more forward than the barrel, but plenty of woody vanillin & lightly toasted oak is still present. Dark fruits, dates, prunes, mild anise, maple, there is just so much to enjoy here. Incredible. Amazing. One of my personal favorite barley wines.