anstei (1230) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - OCT 22, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Erzbierschof Zurich, 2011 vintage with 2010 shoulder print. Pours clear dark brown with almost no head. Intense brandy barrel indeed. Vanilla, wood, oak, some booze. Works well together though. Full and but not heavy body with almost no carbonation. Almost no bitterness, but sweet, almost a bit sticky, and some sourness. From the age maybe? Anyway, the booze is warming nicely as well done barley wines often do. Rather short palate, but it works. Good beer.
vincentvega72 (429) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bijna de pure perfectie. Dik vol mondgevoel. Licht boozy. Caramel, donker fruit, licht plakkerig. Tegen de port aan. Graag nog een fles !!
bergstaden (2453) - Røros, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with iff white head - Dark malt and some woods in the aroma - Dark malt body with dark fruity and wood flavours that has some alcohol heat as well - The dark malt goes into the finish - This was good
thepatrickman (891) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle, courtesy of jamesy -- cheers! It has all of the tastes and smells of a 7 year old barley wine; it’s slightly oxidized, malt-forward, and completely flat. But the flavors had melded together beautifully, with the malt sweetness mellowing a lot and no booze heat at all. Someone I was drinking it with started calling it "Jack Johnson" because it’s so mellow. I can’t say I disagree.
DiarmaidBHK (4239) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Row 34. Pours black with a khaki head. Doesn't leave much lacing in the glass. Big bourbon notes on the nose. Lots of bourbon on the tongue. Hides it's booze well. Finished clean. Nice beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Rask0lnikov (786) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, thin round of beige froth. Caramel, dark fruits, hints of sherry, raisins, hints of chocolate, liqeury notes in the aroma. Rich! Caramel, dark fruits, hints of caramel, hints of port, hints of berries. Dark fruits. Hints of chocolate in the end. Hints of cocoa and liqeury notes in the aftertaste. Silky structure, well balanced, rather heavy bodied, really enjoyable dessert.
jsporrer (744) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2016
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ HO1K Beers. Pours a cinnamon brown color with a thin tan ring. Light aroma of bourbon. Flavor is mostly whiskey with some woody earthy notes. Not my favorite style. Too much whiskey flavor and not much else.
Bawelt (578) - Lyon, FRANCE - APR 10, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Un corps de fou, beaucoup de présence. On est sur la bière noble par excellence : nez relativement éthylique, des notes de vieillissement, du malt très présent, très caramélisé.
Bouche assez épaisse, notes champignonnees genre vieille cave. Beaucoup de fruits noirs, des notes légèrement vineuses.
Très profonde, manque peut être de subtilité mais incontestablement une grande bière.
tillmac62 (685) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.
Borderline world class very complex nose of charred oak, candied dark fruit (plum, raisin), bourbon, light notes of tobacco and leather, caramel and prune over a slightly sweet malt base.
Medium body with a smooth texture that has some creaminess. Superb carbonation that is well balanced with the body providing a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.
The flavor profile is borderline world class, especially for 12.5% ABV. Survive the onslaught of the first few sips and you will be in for quite a treat after your palate normalizes. Alcohol astringency is very well covered with just a bit emerging in the finish. Balance is world class, for a beer of this strength and it is a brewing masterpiece. A lot goes on in this complex beer, yet each element has its moment on the stage. Bourbon never leaves the palate but ebbs and flows allowing others to pop to the surface. A sweet bourbon leads off then flows into caramel by the middle. Here the other flavors of the nose arrive in roughly the following order: tobacco and leather, oak - which lingers, dark fruits and finally prune. The finish delivers a final crescendo of rich caramel that ebbs as bourbon lingers in the remarkable slightly dry finish. A little heat at the back of the throat, but far less than typical for an ale of this strength.
markextrae (3979) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sample from bottle, backlog, poured a murky brown colour with a few bubbles on the side. nose of sweet caramel, butterscotch, prunes, chocolate, vanilla, sweet bourbon, toffe, sticky mouthfeel. oak, balanced beer, lovely sipper.