ineedbeer (555) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml 2011 bottle.
Aroma is very rich with lots of dark chocolate and light roast. Strong dark caramel and toffee notes with treacle. Moderate raisin, prune and plum. Medium bourbon notes with light oak and vanilla. Moderately strong alcohol notes.
Pours black with some dark brown highlights on the edges. Pours pretty much still so no head or lacing. Very long legs.
Flavor is rich and sweet. Lots of chocolate and dark caramel with light roast, toasted bread and treacle. Faint smokiness. Moderate bourbon character with medium light oak and light vanilla. Medium bitterness. Light plum, raisin and prune. Moderately strong alcohol notes.
Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied with pretty much no carbonation; this bottle pretty much highlights the Flat Abbey meme. Low astringency and moderate alcohol.
Overall a really nice beer with great malt complexity. Even with age the alcohol from the bourbon barrels is a bit hot. The complete lack of carbonation also doesn’t help this beer; some low carbonation would be a big improvement.
Aaron68 (492) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A taste from a guests 375ml bottle @ "Bru Bar Vulkan", Oslo.
April 18, 2014.
Beer from a snifter glass
Dark red to brown in color with almost no head and low carbonation.
Aroma is malt,alcohol,vanilla,dark dried fruits and oak.
Tastes a bit sweet with vanilla,oak and bourbon.
The beer ends with a bit dry and alcohol taste in the finish.
ABV is absolutely present,but not in a bad way.
Nehpets (23) - - APR 19, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong. Great aroma, but there is a slight sweetness that disappears as the bourbon and alcohol flavors race against the full flavors of the beer
Staffan47 (809) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska från 2010, 37cl. (Trade med STLWill, thanks!). Dras parallellt mot en vanlig från 2009, ej blint. Inte helt skitenkelt att lista ut vilka som är bourbon, och vad för bourbonfat osv...
Ingen större skillnad i doft. Lite bourbontoner och alkoholdoft. Svagt kolsyrad. Medium/tung kropp. Mörkbrun.
Benzai (6440) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ ZZT 9 thanks to Caesar. Dark brown color with a deep red glare coming through, virtually no head. Smell and taste malts, some alcohol, bourbon, a hint of liquorice. Lingering warming alcohol and some bitter. Full body, medium carbonation.
Abijen (1193) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark reddids brown beer with no head. Smells bourbon, vanilla. Tastes bourbon, bit alcohol. Nice. Average carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.
DutchDrebus (3491) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ZZT9 shared by Caesar. Almost black with a small off-white head. Smells bourbon, almond, nuts, sweet, roasty, chocolate, nice. Tastes roasty, sweet, bourbon, chocolate, nuts. Love. It. Full body, silky, low carbo.
gEUS (895) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle at home. Pours deep brown with a nice egg-sheel white-greyish colour. Aroma is bourbon, bourbon and some more bourbon with well hidden nuts and raisins, hints of toffee. Medium body with lots of vanilla sweetness and noticeable alcohol butn. Taste is vanilla, cinnamon and sweet cherry oak, caramel and nuts. This is certainly not bad, but why oh why do bourbon barrel aged beers have too much bourbon - I lack a decent balance between the taste of the base beer and the bourbon... I still like it a lot :-).
cards04 (1459) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fantastic barley wine. Pours a beautiful dark brown with tan head. Aromas of vanilla, bourbon, coconut, dark fruit, brown sugar. Flavors are sweet and malty. Vanilla, grapes, sweet grains. A hot boozy finish. Superb.
dawoz (24) - - MAR 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from grape and grain in San Mateo. No head, deep brown color. Can't taste the booze. Nice