TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Barcade.Sweet bourbon nose. Poured a ruby red. some sweetnotes but the a bv is well hidden between lots of malt and some big sweet hop notes. Good.
dalekliz (824) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled at WeeHeavySDs 2000th rating party, thanks Jon! Pours a clear dark amber-brown with no real head. Intense aroma, of sweet malt, lots of bourbon, wood, dark fruit, and molasses. Huge sweet taste, of malt, sticky molasses, wood and something like papaya. Lingering huge sweet bourbon flavor. Fantastic.
NeoHippie2 (752) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour with almost no head. Aromas of dark fruit, oak, cocoa, bourbon, and some yeast notes. Initial flavor is of raisin with notes of cocoa and dark fruit. Finishes with the oak and bourbon character. Very complex. Abv is well-hidden, barely noticeable in the finish but even then in that nice warming way. Truly a great beer.
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2010, shared by plovmand, very generously and appreciated! :)
It pours a dark amber colour with a tan head.
Aroma is sweet caramel malt, wood, bourbon, raisins, figs, oak and vanilla.
The flavour is sweet caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, lots of bourbon, alcohol and oak.
It accompanies my home made dark chocolate imperial stout brownie like a charm! :)
48FanInCali (651) - 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.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Ibrew2or3 for sharing this treat.
This beer pours a brown body with some red highlights, very still with no head. Nose of malts, candied sugars, dark fruits and some heat from the alcohol. Flavor is sweet, notes of vanilla, bourbon and plums, finishing with a very slight burn. Palate is thin to medium, lightly astringent. Finish is medium lenght and slightly sweet. Nice brew.
Prufrockstar (628) - 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.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 This beer is huge. Pours deep brown with no head. Thick and daunting. The taste is huge. Fills your mouth. Tons of caramel and malt, with a big sweet finish. Not a beer I’d drink everyday, but definitely a nice one.
Re-rate: so, they brought this to the winterfest. Who would have figured. Incredibly well balanced at this point. Unbelievable rich and smooth. HIdes the alcohol really well. This was much better than the last bottle I tried.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared w/ J, K, and Simon at the 6/27 Del Mar Doom. Thanks Derek! F me...this is unreal. Silly, stupid, ridiculous. You know those beers you crack, sniff, and laugh? What you’d expect in the nose - but to perfection. Oak, bourbon, sweet malt/toffee, mellowed and powerful. Flavor boasts PLUM, sweet (a good sweet), oak, bourbon, raisin, toffee, candy apple, caramel, slight roast in the finish ... a really pleasant heat. Palate is aged to perfection and soft... beginning to push the limits of a "beer". This was a ’wow’ type beer in every way. You guys should probably make this again.
hamilton23 (592) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle. Pours dark like cola with just a big of carbonation, but not much. Aroma is caramel, toffee, prunes, vanilla, bourbon and dried fruits. Taste is slightly sweet, like caramel. Taste is pretty similar to the nose. I would have expected a bit more sweetness. This is one of my favorite styles...but it is just not as good as some other BA Barleywines I have had recently.