Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle – 2010 vintage courtesy of Alexsdad06 – thank s Brad! Pretty sure I have a rating in my backlog courtesy of BOLTZ7555 – so thanks J as well! Pours a murky caramel brown with a thin off-white head. The nose is tobacco, caramel, molasses, vanilla and bourbon. The taste is dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar, wood and bourbon. Medium bodied. Very tasty beer.
Clownoisseur (344) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 vintage. Pours a deep mahogany. Copper hues. A small tan head that fades to a ring. A bit of leg creeps up the glass. Aromas of roasted malt, wet oak, whiskey and dark fruit. Hot! Taste follows the nose with the barrel character being very prominent. Rich roasted barley, dark fruits and some earthiness carry the body, but ultimately, it is the wet oak bourbon that leaves the final impression. Good stuff, but a bit too barrel-forward at this time.
dfroms (454) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours slightly cloudy amber. Aroma is mega butterscotch, bourbon, sweet orange, honey. Taste is butterscotch, bitter orange, fruity coffee, mild roast, cherry, honey. Prickly carbonation. Very sweet.
swoopjones (6709) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle at Coles Barleywine Contest. Must have been a bad bottle. BAD, undrinkable. will rerate
tectactoe (3000) - Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Have had on tap many times, but the bottles always taste better to me. This is a 2010 vintage, labeled at 15.1% ABV & around 3 years old. Solid, slightly red-tinted color with pretty nice clarity. Barely any head, just a small beige collar that outlines the edges. Aroma fills the room as the cap is popped. Sticky caramel & toffee factory laced with undertones of prunes, dates, raisins, maple syrup, mild oak, vanilla, warming bourbon, & a rich brown sugar aspect. So strong, robust, sweet, decadent. Huge body; viscous, chewy, sticky. You could cut this with a knife. Incredible toffee & caramel backdrop; sticky sweet & rich. The bourbon is more forward than the barrel, but plenty of woody vanillin & lightly toasted oak is still present. Dark fruits, dates, prunes, mild anise, maple, there is just so much to enjoy here. Incredible. Amazing. One of my personal favorite barley wines.
VsXsV (2657) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at CBC 2014. Clear ruby liquid with a medium off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, wood, raw sugar, toffee and caramel. Taste is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of bourbon and wood. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Really good stuff.
djd07 (5180) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Matt. Pours a clear copper with no head. The aroma is strong booze, wood, roast. Thin mouthfeel with raisin, booze, candy sugar, sweet finish. Good.
slowrunner77 (6649) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"vanilla, bourbon, oak, sweet light and dark fruit...superb aroma and incredibly smooth for a beer of this strength. my first kuhnhen beer is a doozie!!"
mR_fr0g (4840) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, red session. 03/05/2014. Red/ amber coloured oour with a halo of cream head. Aroma is bourbon vanilla, oak. Flavour is Full bodied, unrefined sugars, brown sugar, hot alcohol. Some dired fruits. Palare is full bodied with fine carbonation.
Borup (7017) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at CBC 2014. Dark brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of toastedmalt, caramel, dried fruit, vanilla, oak, bourbon and alcohol.
ineedbeer (1038) - 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.