Dennoman (20) - 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 (1719) - 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 (1732) - 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 (393) - - 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 (1538) - 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 (1380) - 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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koleminer20 (870) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Kuhnhenn for the Winter Solstice. The pour is a really dark brown with hints of ruby and an off white thin head. Heavy complex aromas of marshmallow, vanilla, bourbon and caramel. The flavor is similar. A little more booziness than is detected in the nose, but the mouth feel is perfect. Just thick enough and the flavors last greatly.
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jrob21 (2795) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012. Chalk and gritty texture but an overall smooth drink with lots of dark fruit and nice subtle complexity. Chocolate and vanilla, wood and oak flavors, followed by some plum prune and toffee. You get it all here. Ricidulously smooth for the alcohol content. Aromas of candy toffee and sugar sweetness. Nice dark winter beer you should sip by the fire. Syrupy sweetness that lasts a while. Roasty bittersweet coffee malt aromas and finish.
Ed5388 (2431) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle (2011) shared by dmac for his 3,500th rate. Congrats on being an alcoholic bro! Pours a dark amber brownish color with absolutely zero head. Big boozy aroma full of bourbon, caramel, oak, and hints of dark fruits. Taste is also super boozy with a warm alcohol burn, but in a good way. Notes of bourbon, oak, light hints of dark fruit, and an amazing aftertaste of rich butterscotch! Very nice!
dmac (4479) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from a trade a long long time ago. Poured a muddy blackish brown with a smaller to nonexistant beige tight foamy head. Aroma is nice, syrupy and big overall with notes of vanilla and toffee, barrel, wood, butterscotch, some bourbon. Full body with light carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel that lingers with light heat. Flavor is the same as the aroma, a bit hotter with the alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, wood, dry breads, slight raisin, butterscotch candy. Good stuff.