kevinator (846) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice sweet whiskey aroma, which I assume is the bourbon. Caramel notes as well. Pretty burgundy color that was smooth and syrupy. No head to speak of. Carbonation was mild. Any more would not have worked. Very oily and viscous texture. The OG much have been pretty high. Sweet malt flavors with vanilla and toffee. A strong flavor of whiskey with alcohol notes. Definitely a sipping beer and great example of this brewery’s prowess.
Vells (622) - LATVIA - NOV 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intense caramel maltiness, sweet bourbon, raisins, noticeable vanilla, dried dark fruits, intense aroma of wood, decent hops. Complex aroma bomb. Smooth and nicely warming finish. Bit sticky. Not too pushy sweetness.
Another huge brew by Lost Abbey. Price/performance makes this "must have at least once"
Melnis (134) - LATVIA - NOV 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whiskey , fruits, stipra pura, loti salds, fantastisks aroma, lasting putu sega, nav paraak biezs ka varetu likties
nuplastikk (4269) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 bottle shared at Levi’s house. Uncarbonated. Rich leathery tobacco bourbon chocolate tones. Caramel bourbon juice. Sweet, lovely beverage. Delicious, but the lack of carbonation hurts the overall.
skmikeg (825) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Urge during their Black Sabbath SDBW event. Pours a dark brown-black with a one finger tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is of dark fruits, moderately roasted malts, burnt caramel, molasses, oak, bourbon, raisins, candied fruits, and some vanilla. Taste is very similar to the aroma with some amazing oak notes, dark caramel, candied fruits, vanilla, molasses, and some rum like notes. Has a full body with a super creamy mouthfeel and a slightly bitter, long finish. Overall, a truly amazing beer that incredibly has almost no noticeable booze and is defiantly the best Barley Wine I have tasted to date.
umich03jm (1769) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle from trade with Crajun. Thanks Kevin! Pours a murky dark brown with a small fizzy head that fades to a ring. Aroma has a big oaky vanilla taste from the barrel with some nice dark fruit, cocoa, caramel, cookie dough, and raisins. Some alcohol starts to show up when it warms. Taste is moderately sweet and fairly boozy. The barrel flavor is strong, I wish the base beer would come through just a bit more. Becomes a touch hot when it warms. Medium body. Good BB barleywine but I’ve had many better.
ThreeCats (554) - ISRAEL - OCT 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown with ruby highlights and little head. Aroma of vanilla, heavy dark fruit. heavy caramel. Taste of rich velvety sweetness, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, creamy dark toffee. Palate warming and sweet.
Caytinator (894) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Snifter on tap (~12 oz). Dark brown color, no head, opaque, no lacing. Very rich smell, definitely see the bourbon in this one - surprisingly little beer smell actually. Man they must have used a pretty small barrel, it is EFFECTIVELY (potently) aged, man. You have to adjust your expectations when drinking a beer of this magnitude. I taste cocoa nibs, cookies, rich macaroons, some dark plums, strong alcoholic finish. This is a "one and done" type of beer. Definitely a singeing alcoholic burn that is reminicent of taking a small shot after every taste. Medium-low carbonation. My burps taste like whiskey, fuck you. Warm aftertaste, warm. I like regular barley wines a bit better, not sure I’m down with barrel aging.
Odysseyalien (41) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as thick but reminds me a lot of Weyerbacher’s Insanity. Very similar in look and taste. It would be interesting to do a blindfold taste with the two. Nonetheless, this British barley wine is delicious albeit a bit pricey. Off to buy another one (hiccup).
Theydon_Bois (7924) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gravity dispense at GBBF ’13, 15/08/13.
Mid black with a thin tan head that dissipates edgeward.
Nose is bourbon infused oak, sweet brown sugars, dark toffee fudge, booze stewed dark fruits.
Taste comprises dark toffee, demerara sugars, light chocolate strains, dark fruits, bourbon, light spice.
Full bodied beast, soft on the palate with fine carbonation and warming alcohol in the finish.
Good shit. The alcohol is well integrated for the ABV.