BigBeer45 (1335) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled from a 2009 Bottle and on tap at Kuhnhenn’s,
has a hazy red pour with some brown hues, just a few bubbles appeared on top when poured, bubbles are off-white and light tan colored, light effervescence in this beer, there was some lacing on the sides of the glass, and some light brown sediment in the bottle (this ale is not filtered),
this beer had aromas of caramel, candy sweetness, Bourbon, lots of malt, raisin, honey, a mixture of light and dark fruit, there was vanilla is in the background, toasted malt, and some floral hops but the caramel seems to cover this up or hide the hop influence,
the flavors consisted of caramel, light and dark fruit-raisin and Bourbon aged Dates, bread crust, there was a light earthy floral fragrance,
this ale had medium bitterness at the finish with a little alcohol heat at the finish (the alcohol gave some bitterness on the palate), there is light fruit citrus on the palate, the alcohol grew a little when it reached room temperature but there was a lot of malt flavors to go along with the alcohol,
the mouth feel of this beer is thick,
a great sipping beer, I thought the tap version was better, the mixture of a Barley Wine and Bourbon mixed well, a nice combination.
brystmar (1314) - 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!
fletchfighters (1272) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A-- Poured a deep, dark amber brown. Great looking ruby hues to this. Little to no head at all. Just a thin layer of film with this. Lots of spotty lacing on the sides of the glass and ABV legs.
S-- Holy crap!!! Rich bourbon, total kick in the ass smell. Big amounts of bourbon, melted brown sugar, Carmel, vanilla, toasted oak and dark fruits. Spent several minutes just smelling the nose on this.
T-- Matches the nose but bigger. Sublime taste as just blends very well together with the barrel. Still get the dark fruits and bits of strawberry jam. Not a lot of hops so a dead give away that this is more slanted to an English Barleywine. Kick ass beer.
M-- Rich, thick, decadent. Sublime really. Silky smooth. Biggest fault is the obvious alcohol. Very obvious sipper, still quite smooth though. Heavy feel and low carbonation. Honestly a beast of a beer.
O-- Damned good. One is enough though. Heck, honestly this beer is a monster. Would love to have again. Not as good or as rounded as MOAS, or older vintages of Arctic Devil but pretty much a world class beer worth looking for and hording as much as possible
ineedbeer (1261) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from 2013 Winter Solstice coming in at 14.0% ABV.
Aroma is failry rich and malty with lots of dark caramel and toffee with some lighter roast and medium light chocolate to balance the caramel. Some medium light bourbon notes with some light alcohol spice. Medium light raisins, figs and prunes. Faint hop notes.
Pours dark brown with some lighter brown and amber hues on the edges. Small, somewhat thin, tan head recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers for a bit. Medium light lacing and fairly long legs.
Flavor has a light sweetness with some moderate dark caramel and toffee notes; not as super sweet as a lot of barley wines which is nice. Some light roast and medium light chocolate notes. Medium bitterness with faint pine hop notes. Medium bourbon character with light oak and medium light alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium alcohol warmth.
Overall a really nice barley wine; I really enjoy that it has a slightly darker malt profile and avoids the overly strong burnt sugar note that lots of barley wines have to them. Well balanced bitterness with faint hop character. A nice balanced beer with a lot of malt complexity.
pentaz (1256) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ CBC2014. Pours clear dark auburn with a tiny tan head. Aroma is bourbon, fudge, oak, candy, dried fruit, raisin, vanilla, plenty of booze and coconut. Taste is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is moderate. Finishes dry, boozy and warming.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shit,lucky number 13.Hand bottled from ClarkVV.nose,aaaaaaahhhh,the lovely
aromas of oak,bourbon,sweet malts,
vanilla,toffee and dark fruits.Dont wanna’ drink this,just wanna’ sit here and let the olfactory sense enjoy the show.The flavor isn’t as Bourbony as I expected which lent someroom for all the other flavors to each be singled out.
Very nice and,again,big thanks toClark.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bourbon and some strong caramel malt in the aroma. Black with no head. Full palate. Bourbon warmth hits right away and slowly reveals some thick, syrupy, sugary malt flavors. Interesting.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Notes of bourbon, caramel, dark dried fruits, vanilla, wood and salt. Deep reddish brown hue with an off-white head that mostly diminished and left some lace. Flavor is heavy sweet and heavy salty. Full bodied and oily soft. Overall a dissappointment. Too much bourbon and the saltiness was gross.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Robe brune claire surmontée d’une mousse beige qui s’estompe. Arômes de chêne, de vanille, de caramel et d’alcool. Saveurs d’alcool, de levures, de vanille, de chêne et de caramel.