TBone (13718) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper-brown color, small beige head. Strong aroma of toffee and vanilla. Full-bodied. Lots of bourbon and vanilla. Alcohol, warming. Strong and a bit sticky. Quite sweet but nice dessert beer when you have it in small quantities.
Leighton (13610) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at THE Barley Wine Tasting - East Croydon. Thanks to Kenny for this 2009 vintage bottle. Pours cloudy amber with a faint, creamy foam head. Deep, dark sugary malt nose, some cheese notes. Big sweet flavor with hefty alcohol kick, coffee ice cream, caramel, dates. Big in body with finely carbonated. Hot finish with further coffee ice cream, lots of alcohol, chewy ripe fruits, salt, figs. Loads of alcohol heat here. Nothing special
Rasmus40 (12980) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Camons tasting, courtesy of adnielsen. Hazy orangey brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Very sweet and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily. Really nice. 120712
rlgk (12848) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, huge thanks to Alex (_angst_)!!! Clear amber/mahogany beer with a small head. Hazelnut aroma, malty, fruity, caramel, raisins, toffee, plums, candy notes, dades, vanilla, woody, cream notes, bourbon, some licorice. Malty vanilla flavor, caramel, licorice, raisins, hazelnuts, warming alcohol, bourbon, dades, raisins, cream, chocolate notes, cocoa powder, earthy notes. Lovely mouthfeel, full bodied, alcohol is well hidden. Perfection! So glad I was given the chance to try this beer, Alex!
brokensail (12519) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a murky dark amber color with very little in the way of carbonation and little to no head.
S: The nose is very heavy on the bourbon, with plenty of sweet molasses, brown sugar, caramel, with a light touch of chocolate. There is also some noticeable alcohol.
T: Like the nose, the flavor is definitely heavy on the bourbon. There are, however, nice brown sugar, butterscotch, caramel, and chocolate flavors with a hint of alcohol heat.
M: The body is fairly full, and due to the low carbonation, quite smooth and sticky on the tongue.
D: While there is a decent amount of heat to this beer, I still really enjoyed the flavors. I think the vanilla and chocolate oxidation flavors go nicely with the barleywine base. Perhaps it would have been good to let this age for a bit, but it’s still enjoyable fresh.
Koelschtrinker (12275) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 12, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2009. Schwerer, deutlich alkoholischer Antrunk mit eher wenig Aromen. Etwas brennend, wenig getreidig, wenig würzig malzig. Zum Ende schokoladig, brennend alkoholisch. 7/11/10/11/9/9
chrisv10 (12250) - DENMARK - JUL 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of adnielsen. Dark amber/brown with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, dark fruits, toffee, rip fruits, little vanilla with notes of alcohol. Flavour is malt, dried fruits, sweet, toffee, hops, little bitter, plume, raisins vanilla with notes of alcohol.
bhensonb (12171) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to jrallen34 for this great 2010 bottle. Pours dark brown with a little head. Aroma is dark caramel, tobacco, vanilla and raisin. Full bodied. Lots of vanilla flavor. Smooth dark caramel. Raisin. Mild heat. Mouth smacking.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle, 2009 vintage) Pours a cloud amber-brown body with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma of cherries, bread, toffee, bourbon, and brown sugar. Flavor of caramel malt, bread, cherry, toffee, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla.
argo0 (11980) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, vintage 2009, RBWG. Small beige head atop murky dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, some Bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, some Bourbon. Smooth medium-full body, low carbonation, wouldn’t guess it had such a high ABV.