ABT_S54 (351) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375cl bottle served in a snifter. Pours deep garnet with little carbonation and a small but short lived sequence of bubbles. Aroma is massive bourbon - too much. Taste is disappointingly one-dimensional with way too much bourbon as though it was poured in neat. Very sweet and syrupy with vanilla notes and underneath quite a nice well-balanced base beer but the barrel aging was just too much. So disappointed with this after Deliverance and Serpent’s Stout which are both excellent I had high hopes for this.
klm1 (786) - - FEB 21, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber/brown color, clean, slightly haze, with diminish off-white/yellowsish color.
Visually low carbonation.
Aroma: intense malt aroma, which takes on toffee, biscuit, caramel, supported with aroma of bourbon, wood, vanilla, stone fruits etc.
Flavor: similar as aroma: dominate malts flavors, which takes on caramel, tofee, molasses, supported with gentle but noticable flavor of bourbon, vanilla, wood, , prunes, resins, some stone frut....
Taste is firstly sweet, caramel/fruity, then immediately steps forward gentle note of bourbon, tannins, fruity esters, and lingers into finish. Finish is sticky dry.
Body is full, texture silky soft, carbonation is low
czar (7019) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at EBF 2016 - last drop from tomme’s pitcher. hazy very dark brown pour with a small beige cap, some retention and lacing. dense caramel and toffee - incredible malt depth; rich dripping bourbon, wood, some dark dried red fruits underneath; coconut sweetness. moderately low carbonation, medium to full body - very oily; assertively grassy-spicy balanced by a sweet bourbon finish. a bourbon-soaked fruitcake. excellent!
asheft (2895) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this last night at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. It is everything a barrel aged barleyment should be. Big and cerealy with perfectly balancing hops bitterness, a velvety body, warming alcohol, and a moderate bourbon character with moderate to medium oak.
Homer321 (3831) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pour is deep brown to black with a minimal offwhite head. Aroma of raisins, dried figs, booze, vanilla. Taste is lightly oxidized with papery flavors. Rich chocolate and a lightly tart Belgian character. Pretty damn good.
shoulderbroken (3430) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 26, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Jon. Aroma is full on, raisin, fruity, booze. Taste is fruity, bourbon, booze, dark fruit, little bit sparkly,
biirusaikou (2245) - - JAN 25, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared, thanks Jon. An explosion of flavors, toffee, cocoa, dried fruit, coconut, almond, oak, whiskey, long sweet warming finish. Great stuff, devilicious and complex, awesomeness in a bottle.
jc1762 (553) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a taster showing an opaque dark brown center and light coffee brown rims with no head.
The nose shows moderately intense notes of caramel and bourbon.
The palate is lightly carbonated and medium bodied. A very high alcohol spiciness throughout. Caramel malt flavor throughout with a light vanilla background and sweetness.
willisread (2015) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared. Thanks Jon! Huge bourbon nose with loads of chocolate. Some wheat and dark fruit tones come out as it warms up. Slightly sweet on the palate, but not cloying. More bourbon as it warms up with some vanilla, coconut, oak and grains. This is almost like an imperial stout rather than a barley wine. Huge flavors that get more complex as it warms. Finishes slightly sweet and warming with more of the same flavors standing out. Fantastic.
TimE (4755) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown color. Sourish nose wish tons of bourbon oak dark fruit. Decent sour dark fruit and bourbon character. Dark fruits and oak just longer and lingers. Good stuff