dmschefke (571) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2010 Don’t know what the last few raters of this were drinking, but it definitely wasn’t the same thing. Small snifter via Kuhnhenn brewery, Pours a dark mahogany with medium tannish slight red head. Aroma of various dried and tart fruits, toasted malt, caramel, cane sugar, slight chocolate and molasses. and just a hint of bourbon. Flavor is no surprise but makes for a pleasant sipper. ABV definitely starts to sink in.
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Kuhnhenn: 2010 vintage keg, somewhere around 3 years aged. Woody-brown color, nearly opaque in the center with brighter edges. Not much head at all, just a small, outlining tan collar. Aroma is commanding, powerful, boozy, & sweet. Rich grapes, boozy oak, bourbon soaked raisins, sweet toffee lather, deep cocoa towards the finish. A little bit of anise, vanilla, & prune. Body is enormous... Thick, creamy, chewy, viscous. Sticky, boozy dates up front followed by sweet plums, almost with a hint of dark fruity tartness, coated with brown sugar, brandy, & toffee, served on a platter of woody oak. Light notes of licorice, anise, burnt nuts, & wood in the finish. Aftertaste is lacquered all over the palate & back of my teeth. A huge beer. Tons of flavor & complexity. While any serving size above six ounces just seems silly, this beer is really nice to savor in smaller amounts. I like it.
jredmond (6151) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Torst with Andrew and Andy. Pours a deep brown mahogany body with no head. Aroma is prune, putrid fruits, caramel and a strange buttery character. Mouthfeel is medium with notes vanilla, caramel, prune, apples, bourbon and oak. The aroma seemed really off.
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smell of sweet caramel and bourbon. Sugar, whisky char, dark fruit, caramel apple
b3shine (6508) - Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to sniffer (shared by alexsdad06). Looks good for the style; a semi-transparent amberish brown with thin light beige lacing and soft carbonation. Smells buttery and cheesy with a touch of wine. Tastes like it smells, only better, with notes of caramel and a sweet malt backbone. Solid but not spectacular.
DrSilverworm (8336) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, shared by alexsdad06. 2010 vintage, labeled 15.5%. Dark brown / red color, mostly clear. Minimal head. Some dark fruit, light cardboard in the nose. Bigger body. Very light carbonation. Dark fruit in the flavor, light caramel malt. Some spice. Tastes a bit oxidized. Moderate sweet taste. Only a hint of warmth in the finish. Best thing about this beer is how well it hides the alcohol, pretty impressive. Flavor isn’t very inspiring right now, though.
ICEatALAMO (1128) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
'10 draft. The pour is a dark amber with little head. The aroma is sweet plum with some booze. The taste is bitter and a little metallic. The sweetness does come through.
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Ratman197 (11092) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2010 vintage poured a clear reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber head. Aromas of plums, dates, carmel, toffee and light tobacco. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a warming finish. Flavors of carmel, toffee, plum and raisin with a crisp warming lingering fruity finish.
Keir (180) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
@ brewery. Clear, dark amber with little head. Nose of alcohol with a slight fruitiness. Tastes fruity, a bit sour, a peppery bite, and alcohol burn. Creamy feel. 04/22/10
PhillyCraft (3875) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle, my bottle said 15.5% alcohol. Shared with a bunch of friends at Bill/Franks "end of the world" tasting. One of the top big beers of the night next to the ’05 Darklord and ’05 Gratitude. Red-brown pour, slightly clearish accompanied by very thin head. Aroma and taste of dark cherry, caramel malt, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee. I thought it was boozey but others said it was tamed for the amount. Guess I am not used to drinking stuff this heavy on a regular basis. Really nice barleywine though.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 15.5 ABV pours clear mahogany with no head aromas are of bourbon and dark fruits,taste are of bourbon dark fruits vanilla and oak overalls not a bad barleywine have had better even from Kuhnhenn but I don’t understand the low score by style any Kuhnhenn barleywine is better than the best by other brewer’s, I’m lost for words shame on you