DrSilverworm (4757) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Last bit of bottle, 2013 vintage. Hazy brown color. Thin khaki head. Couple spots of lace. Nice dark fruity bourbon and wood barrel aroma. Some caramel malt, light spice. Awesome bigger body. Smooth, lighter creamy carbonation. Bigger bitter taste. Light sweet. Perfect amount of heat. Great, tasty stuff.
evergreen0199 (1767) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at GBBF 2013, Olympia, London. A dark brown/black coloured pour with virtually no head to speak of. Sweet, boozy, rich aroma. Tastes sweet, chocolate, vanilla, whiskey very boozy and really rich.
EdKing (1715) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at GBBF 2013. Very dark brown, near opaque, almost no head. Aroma is dark choc, roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon whiskey. The first sniff is delicious with the dark chocolate and vanilla coming through, but from there on in itís all over powering bourbon whiskey. Taste is over powering sickly sweet. All bourbon whiskey with hints of marmalade, roasted malt and sweetness. Itís like bourbon has been poured in. Cloying and overpowering with no balance.
mR_fr0g (1798) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at gbbf 2013. Aroma is sweet caramel creme brulee. Clear rich caramel red pour with no head. Vinous full body with booze oak and caramel . hides the alcohol well. Needs a bit more carb.
bmerz (658) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle drank mid 2013. Pour brown with light sediment, still. Aroma is sweet, sour mash, boozy cherries, earthy sludgy sweet coffee. The flavor is balanced but crazy boozy that goes and goes. Feel is woody and drying but kind of silken; a bit dead. Nothing short of incredible.
wheresyourball (416) - El Cajon, California, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pressbox in Rancho San Diego. Pours a dark burgundy head with almost no head. Nose is malt, vanilla, oak; flavor follows; very boozy. Full mouthfeel. Big beer, not my favorite style but quite good.
tdmuel (244) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 bottle. Pours a very dark opaque brown with a small khaki head. Good bit of bourbon on the nose, some nice dark fruits, caramel and vanilla, looots of oak, and a nice chocolatey nose as well. Great bourbony taste, lots of chocolate and vanilla, an almost piney taste, oak, some caramel and syrup, and a hint of dark cherries. Delicious beer from lost abbey yet again. No issues with carbonation this time either.
Paz (71) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2013 Off tap at City Beer and bottle. Pours very dark with a tan head. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Very tasty!
AdamJackson (2013) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
#1 Non-Retired Barleywine on RB and 5th overall after listings like Dave, King Henry and "M". Iím excited to try this. Bottle says "2012 Bourbon", enjoyed in a 375ML at 55 F
Pours a sewer water almost nasty old tea pour, and a minor head formed but quickly faded
The nose is incredible. Smells like lovely caramel with heavy vanilla, muscats and cane syrup.
Explosive taste. Incredibly sweet...very very very sweet. I honestly would say iím eating cookies and cream ice cream with the amount of vanilla, sugar and creaminess that I get on the taste. VAnilla beans are huge, big velvety caramel and toffee taste but the finish is 100% booze-bomb like I poured an ounce of bourbon into a regular 12oz barleywine.
Overall, heavy, boozy but very thin sweet finish. Not a lot of carbonation but still incredibly drinkable and really a nice treat to try. Not my favorite barleywine but it is pretty good.
Jesterdeal (1581) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of delicious vanilla, chocolate, oaky cherry chocolate and bourbon. Pours ugly brown with no carbonation or head at all. Flat flat flat and sticky. Taste is amazing with perfect roasty vanilla, chocolate and sweet toffee. This is a perfect tasting beer with no carbonation. Great stuff. Worth savoring.