lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as bad as someone might think. The bourbon is so well controlled it works wonders with this brew. Its still in there and works right along with the 14.5%, but its not really offensive and you can enjoy the beer without having to deal with it. Sweet and malty with a big bourbon finish, this was another treat from the Winter Michigan Beer Fest.
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at a Tampa crew tasting 7-22-2010. Pleasant bourbon barrel notes, caramel, vanilla. The moderate sweetness was spot on. Great brew.
Dunt (297) - Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brought this bottle that I received as an extra from a generous trading partner. Pours a deep mahogany in color with almost no head. Slightly murky, but still see through when held to the light. Nose is rich with malt, bourbon, butterscotch, caramel, and light booze. Flavor mirrors the nose with the booziness a little more in your face than the nose. Could probably benefit from some more time. Smooth mouthfeel despite the booziness. Full bodied with a long finish. Good barleywine, but probably doesn’t touch the upper echelon of BA barleywines. Still very good beer though.
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks a ton ryan. Pours a very thick and dark brown. Has a very strong aroma that’s *almost* perfectly balanced, but it’s a tiny bit boozy- other than that, a nice mix of bourbon, raisins, alcohol, and sweet cherries. Taste is quite strong the whole way through, starting off dominated by sweet raisins and bourbon, fading to alcohol and bitter malt. Finish has some bitter malt, alcohol and bourbon.
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Bhensenb. Pours ruby and flat. Aroma is heavy raisin and malty vanilla. Flavor is vanilla and bourbon packing the heat.
Mart (211) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mondial de la bière 07. Couleur brun-rougâtre, mousse mince, qui s’efface. Arôme de réglisse, vanille, boisé. Goût encore ici vanillé, réglisse, bois, caramel écossais, notes d’alcool. Finale sucrée. Corps sirupeux, plein, effervescence faible. C’est renversant.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks go out to Chris for the chance to try this beer. Served in a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle that says 14.5% alc. Not the 12% the site has it listed at. Poured very vigorously to try to agitate it and get some sort of head from the beer....but nonetheless it formed a nice caramel dark toffee colored head for all of a couple seconds than falls out very quickly to no head what so ever. The aroma is VERY good on this brew...lots of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toffee, sweet dark fruits, brandy/bourbon notes with a little bit of oak woodsiness that leads to a small amount of vanilla. The alcohol is also pretty dominant in the aroma. On to the flavors...this truly is a sipping beer that could be enjoyed for an hour before finishing the bottle. The flavor is sweet and thick with lots of molasses, dark brown sugars, a nice amount of vanilla and oak from the barrel comes through in the flavor. And then is a really warming sensation from the strong alcohol presence melding with the bourbon barrel. Overall a really great barleywine that I can only hope to try again. Thanks Chris!
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 Sampled at Kuhnhenn. We told them we were from NJ and they pulled this out for us. Bourbon flavor was present but not overpowering and balanced out very well with the base brew. Have to get this one again. Rerate: didn’t enjoy this beer anywhere near as much.
Michbeerlover (145) - - DEC 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a 2013 bottle from the brewery's Winter Solstice event today. Pours a very dark red, almost black with no head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla ,dark fruits, chocolate fudge and slight alcohol. Getting a lot of coconut, vanilla and dark cherries in the taste. No real alcohol in the taste, which is hard to believe at 14%. Medium mouthfeel. Coconut after taste lingers for some time. World class brew.
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dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Everything works together for this beer. Wonderful flavor and aroma. Like drinking oak and whiskey aged candy (though the sweetness is not over the top).