JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ah, the beauty of the RBSG grand tasting. After sampling PP Le Woody Brune and Mo Betta Betta, I turned around to find AlohaC pouring samples of this, so much thanks to Christian for this one. Deep amber pour, loose soapy head. Rich caramel and bourbon aroma , heavy sweet malts, spicy alcohol tones, but the whole package is rich enough that it comes together. The taste is reined in, surprising due to the alcohol content, plus it’s Kuhnhenn. Rich fruity taste, dark fruits, oak, moderate bourbon. Very nice.
Nephilium (1571) - Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Unknown vintage, 12 oz. bottle) The aroma is a strong smack of dark fruits, oak, a touch of vanilla, and something lurking in the back I can’t place. Pours a very dark red, with just a ring and dusting of tan head. Slick oily mouthfeel, alcohol warming in the back of the throat. Not anywhere as sweet as the aroma hints at. Touches of dark fruit linger for quite a while, with hints of spice. Very drinkable for 14.5%...
DietPepsican (1560) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Stud tasting 1.0 held at general_gaos. Thanks for putting up with us colin! Pours a brownish red with no head. Aroma is vanilla, oak, strong malts, and cherry. Flavor is up front celery, blood/minerals, sea weed, booze, cherry, foot, funk. Finishes boozy, warming, some tartness. I guess even at a stud tasting you get one turd. I think the other two guests enjoyed this one, so it was just me, not the bottle
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy Ibrew2or3. Clear, dark ruby/amber. Zero head, just a few bubbles. Smell dat bourbon. A ton of vanilla, old wood, whiskey, rich caramel, with a couple pieces of tropical fruit thrown in there. Not as complex as I had hoped, but very tasty, impactful. Full body, smooth, lightly viscous. Excellent barleywine.
MeadMe (1513) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: Pours a dark orangish brown hue with a small head. No retention but it does have some legs.
S: Huge aromas here. Tons of coconut, caramel, brown sugar. The barrel stands out in a big way as well with fresh oak, vanilla, and booze.
T: Crazy good brew. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Coconut macaroons, hints of dark fruit and lots of oak, vanilla, and light booze.
M: Medium in body, perfect carbonation, smooth, with a nice boozy finish.
D: Out of this world.
dionysus (1475) - Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours hazy orange-amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of caramel, dried fig and bourbon. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of brown sugar covered dates, agave, and oak.
peteinSD (1435) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
’10 bottle courtesy Sean - thank you! Thin and quickly fading head with minimal and sparse carbonation. Dark and somewhat transparent ruby/brown in the glass. Aroma is rich bourbon up front with marshmallow followed by oak, minor coconut, and a slightly alcoholic raisin/date finish. Taste is huge rounded bourbon, rich and sweet malt, raisin/date, and prickly alcohol on the very tail end. Smooth feel in the mouth and the minimal carbonation does not seem to be an issue with the high ABV and huge flavor profile. The transition from the bourbon up front to the sweeter barley wine on the finish is smooth. There’s a lingering chewiness after each sip from the raisin/date and alcohol notes but the finish compliments rather than distracts. Tremendous beer.
beernbourbon (1426) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by John at DLD pre-party, thanks man. Pour is insanely viscous deep rich caramel color with a very very thin ring of white bubbles. This pours like maple syrup, my god it looks good. Aroma is way huge toffee malt with loads of brown sugar and light bourbon. Palate = awesome and smooth. Flavor is also like maple syrup with notes of bourbon and almost no alcohol to be found. Hell yes.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours hazy mahogany with little head or carbonation.
Smell huge pungent red fruit, sticky toffee, rum soaked raisins.
Taste vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, hint of booze on the end.
Smooth (for 15%) and full bodied.
If you are in to big beers, this is one you must try.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 Great Taste of the Midwest. Dark brown/amber body. Orange and licorice with some spicy vinous qualities. Pretty good.