Staffan47 (766) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska 2011. Hemma hos Wallén. Trade (thanks STLWill). Första tanken i doften är engelsk barleywine. Visst inslag av fruktiga nyanser (hallon?). Små maltkristaller kring flaskhalsen vid kapsylen blir man ju lite nervös av. Positivt oxiderad men vinner garanterat inte på längre lagring. Lite honung och läder visar sig efter några klunkar. Lever inte riktigt upp till förväntningarna. Påminner en hel del om originalet.
alliance100 (327) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at MBG Winter Festival - pours a cloudy brown. Bourbon , bready, dark fruit aromas. Heavy malt punch with very sweet bourbon and some warming alcohol. Very good.
devman171 (683) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours murky brown with low head and carb. Aroma is sweet dark fruits and bourbon oak. Taste is similar with a thick sweet booze finish, but easy to drink
joshwoodward (457) - - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had a taste on tap at the brewery. Way too boozy and sweet for my taste. Full of raisiny booze flavors.
Dennoman (17) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 vintage, 12 oz bottle. One of those legendary American beers I absolutely had to try. Pours a dark maroon with a very small lingering head. Aroma has a woody and pleasant bourbon character. Vanilla and butterscotch, booze and oak. The taste is booze on the onset, with a mellow vanilla present throughout the entire palate. Dried fruits: figs, grapes, sweet cherries. Finish is a nice hop kick with the booze creeping up at the end. Booze warmth, but nowhere near as agressive as the ABV would suggest. Dried fruits linger in the mouth for minutes after drinking. Overall, an extremely well-balanced barleywine, old ale or whatever you like to call it. Especially for someone like me, that doesn’t particularly fancy the style. These tend to be overly sweet, but this one hits all the right notes.
changeup45 (1699) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 Bottle from drfabulous. A dark brownish-amber color pours out with a small tan head on top. Just spots of lacing cling to the sides of the glass. Smells great; bourbon, wood, and quite a bit of raisin. A little cherry and vanilla as I dig deeper. Warming and boozy going down; just enough alcohol burn for that ahhh feeling. The carbonation is low-moderate and works well with this beer. The bourbon and wood drive the flavors but there’s a lot of other things going on here: soft vanilla character, raisins, dark plums, semi-sweet caramel. Like a new layer for each part of the sip. A near perfect sipper. I’ve got to give Kuhnhenn credit, they seem to have mastered the big, boozy beers.
zathrus13 (1684) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle. Pours cloudy brown, with a small, tan head. Aroma aroma is caramel, fruit, malt, bourbon, and vanilla, Flavor is caramel, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, malt, and alcohol. Heavy body, with a long finish.
ColovianTrader (155) - - JAN 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intense flavors of caramel, bourbon, raisins, cherries, plum, and molasses stand out. Undertones of cinnamon, rich wood, vanilla, cider and biscuit. Hints of coffee and dark chocolate round out the complex list of flavors. Very diverse range of flavors all blended together well. A bit too much bite from the alcohol but that’s to be expected.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is ugly as fuck. Pours thick, sludgy, brown, flat appearing. Smells goddam sexual: toffee, marshmallow, bourbon, vanilla, graham, all things nice and a touch of tawny port and some minerals. Flavor follows suit with the same descriptors adding brown sugar and a touch of heat. FUll bodied with low carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer, a little fucked outside the two most important parts: nose and taste, but otherwise could be world class.
drsordr (836) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. 2011. Bottle pour opaque dark brown. Nose bourbon, toasted malt, toffee. Taste thick mouthfeel. Nutty, caramel, sweet malt, interesting toasted nut finish. Bourbon well integrated, not overpowering.
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