peteinSD (1429) - 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.
MeadMe (1411) - Riverview, 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.
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.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque chocolate brown pour. Almost no carbonation. Grainy pour with lots of bourbon. Notes of honey, chocolate, and maple syrup. Nice balanced bourbon flavor with chocolate and lots of grain. A bit boozy on the finish.
Prufrockstar (1368) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle (2010 vintage), shared by Matt B -- Thanks! The bottle ominously bubbled up a bit upon opening. The pour was a clear amber with a practically still surface. Gigantic, lasting soy sauce finish is the biggest thing that really stood out to me about this - bummer. Aside from that, there’s caramelized brown sugar, bourbon, just the smallest hint of oxidation. Full body, slick, syrupy texture. Remarkably smooth, with the alcohol well-masked. Overall: pretty awesome even with its flaws. Intense.
beernbourbon (1366) - 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.
BRW (1328) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At CBC. Dark copper colour with off-white head. Bourbon, wood and vanilla aroma. Caramel, vanilla, sweet taste, creamy. Medium to full body.
brystmar (1306) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011. Body is dark brown/black, minimal beads of white head & lace. Boozy, complex aroma showcases the bourbon character amidst sweet malts. Alcoholic, yet age-y and fantastic.
Plenty of bourbon against the barleywine backbone. Tons going on here: caramel sweetness, bready, barrel character, boozy warmth. Arguably the best barleywine I've ever tasted; I actually prefer this over KH. Truly unfortunate that I don't have any more of these :(
2010 is more boozy and leathery, lacks the same magic found in the '11. Need more of the '11 ASAP!
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Pours a transparent, ruddy tobacco-y color, nearly still, with a thin wisp of bubbly off-white head. Rich, perfumy aroma thats brimming with loads of bourbony rich fruits. Caramelized strawberries, sticky raisins, and a splash of mexican vanilla bean rises splendidly from the glass, dripping with bourbony prunes. Some scotchy alcohols rise like a drunken old timer’s breath that leans in close to impart a tidbit of foggy knowledge. Medium bodied, light to zero carbonation in the mouthfeel. Sweet, but not cloying or sticky. Flavors of rum soaked cherries and brown sugar encrusted virginia tobacco leaves start out the palate. Some subtle vanilla and more bourbon warm at the finish, although not unpleasantly hot. A little bit on the sweet side; could use a bit more carbonation to liven it up somewhat, as well as some dry woody barrel notes to balance the sticky bourbon characters. Great flavors and aroma that would work well as an after dinner digestif. Thanks for sharing, Chris!