Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Dave. Aroma of dark fruits, some nice oak, and raisins. Pours bronze with a small white head. Taste is raisin, fig, vanilla, bourbon and a dusty malt. Great old ale. Not too overwhelmingly sweet. Great stuff.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with minimal head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, raisins, and brown sugar. Flavor is big sweet dark fruits upfront with bourbon barrel notes coming through immediately after. A bit boozy and really sweet, this one is a slow sipper for sure. All around, pretty good brew.
Staffan47 (906) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2014 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.
Tap på CBC-14. Kul att få göra en re-rate på den här och lyfta den lite. Härlig bourbon i doften. Sötma och torkad frukt, mest russin. Bra. Så här ska den vara. Ingen negativ oxidering.
alliance100 (1113) - 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 (1221) - 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 (575) - - 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 (21) - 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 (1729) - 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 (1764) - 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 (464) - - 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.