BARLEYWINEO (106) - Tacoma, USA - APR 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Poured a murky reddish brown color with good carbonation and a nice tan cap
S: Big bourbon influence, plenty of heat with some big dark fruits: i can literally pick them out...figs,prunes and a fresh raisin. Some toffee and, wood and vanilla
T: Heat but not as bad as many beer from this brewery. The sugary sweetness of 4d turned me off but this beer is a bit more balanced and rounded if you can call this balanced lol. Figs, plums, raisins, with toffee, caramel and brown sugar and some Earthy wood notes.
M: Big body, a bit thin on the mouthfeel with heat going down. I felt the body should have been a bit bigger for a beer of this weight
O: Good but not the best. Worth a try for sure.
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose chock full of alcohol - underneath there’s vanilla, sweet caramel, buttescotch and bready malts. Pours a nearly flat clear dark amber. It’s sweet, full of alcohol with substantial vanilla, bourbon and malt component. A bit too boozy for my liking, but still quite tasty.
Bierotherapeut (43) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Coup de coeur du Mondial de la bière 2007. De l’alcool, du caramel, du fut de bourbon (vanille) bien balancé. Une finale sucre. Se rapproche d’un vin fortifié. Wow!
vferg (17) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My favorite beer. Had it a total of 3 times, once at the brewery, once at Spuyten Duyvil, and also at EBF. All three times tasted just as good as the last which is normally very rare. For 14.5% Alcohol you would expect a bite but its more towards a sweet malty finish which works great.
Xilgrin (6) - - APR 3, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong aroma and quite rightly so! 2010 vintage, with singing flavours. Drink with a glass of water as this is serious. Look at the legs running down the side of the glass as it’s so strong