argo0 (12851) - 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.
Ratman197 (12654) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2011 vintage poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of prune, toffee, caramel, tobacco, light bourbon and light oak. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, fruitiness, tobacco, light bourbon and light oak with a smooth lingering fruity toffee finish.
bu11zeye (12576) - 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.
Christian (12545) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle. Red copper with a small off-white head. Big aroma of malt, caramel, dried fruit, vineous alcohol and vanilla. Sweet malty flavour, notable (but integrated) bourbon, some caramel and fruit, warming alcohol, almost a bit too boozy.
mcberko (12383) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2013 2011 vintage. 12 oz. bottle, sent from northernbrews (thanks a lot, Jeff!), pours a deep dark mahogany with almost no head, just a small beige ring. Aroma brings out some deep, lush bourbon barrels, some alcohol liqueur notes, and toffee and brown sugar further back. Flavour brings out the bourbon barrels big time, but never in a distasteful way, full of brown sugar, some kind of sweet boozy liqueur, loads of caramel and toffee, and alcohol. This is big n bold, alright, and executed with supreme skill. So much depth, with a luxurious mouthfeel. Though it is sweet, it doesn’t suffer from cloying sweetness like so many Kuhnhenn beers do. One of my all-time favourite barley wines.
Lubiere (12358) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brownish barley wine with no head. In aroma, brown sugar mixed with aniseed, treacle, and nice warming alcohol. In mouth, a porto beer with licorice, honey, maple, and warming alcohol. A rich and smooth barley wine. Tasted at Mondiale 2007.
Benzai (12328) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled @ CBC 2014. Clear dark red color, small beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty and heavy bourbon. Really nice full aroma. Loads of bourbon, malts, liquor, wood and slightly alcohol in the taste. Warming alcohol finish. Very nice!
bierkoning (11929) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 bottle from Jrallen, thanks! Dark brown color. Grapes, grassy hops, porto and bourbon in the aroma. Sugary sweet, alcoholic flavor with lots of bourbon and oak. Well hopped. Citrus notes. Good complexity, enough to compensate the sweetness and even the massive amounts of alcohol.
jcwattsrugger (11892) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
’08 vintage-12oz bottle-@RBWG-JAX Grand Tasting-still-copper. A-bourbon, caramel-med malt. T-bourbon, caramel-med malt, spice hops. Alcohol bite/hot still.
Pinball (11808) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
#37 at papsoe’s blind tasting
clear amber, almost no head
aroma is dusty, oxidized, barley winish
flavor is stale hops, malty, boozy.