tiong (4564) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught @ Mikkeller Bar, San Francisco, CA
Pours dark brown, almost black with a smooth brown head. Lovely complex aroma of ripe fruits, wood, oak, vanilla, bourbon, raisins, roasty malts, licorice, brandy, apples and dark chocolate. Taste is heavy, sweet and malty with loads of different barrel notes, wood, vanilla, oak, apples, syrup and dark chocolate. Finish is sweet, sticky and complex with loads of ripe fruits, syrup, barrel notes, vanilla, brandy, oak, chocolate and licorice. Quite an extraordinary beer.
illidurit (2227) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Beercraft. Pours a deep muddy brown with a small tan head. Aroma doesn’t impress me much, raisins and wheat bread, slight cherry and prune, driven home by a boozy undercurrent. Flavor is baller though. Heavy butterscotch pudding with golden raisins and lingering burnt caramel. Finishes warm but not boozy. Whoa.
Bule (1111) - California, USA - APR 13, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Beercraft. Pours a dark brown color with a tinge of red. Not much head. Aroma of raisins and strong alcohol that blows off quickly. Nice raisin flavor and lots of maltiness. Some harsh alcohol t the beginning, but after a few minutes it eases into a great strong sweet brew.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours murky brown, minimal tan head
Smell sweet oak, vanilla, maple, brown sugar
Taste smooth coco, vanilla, caramel, fudge, heat, rich and complex
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at EBF, 3/22/14
Favorite beer of the fest and definitely made me rethink my position on Angels Share. Previously, while I enjoyed the beer (we’re talkin batch 1, way back in 2006, I believe?), I was a little thrown off by the candied sweetness and slight alcohol heat. That was a young batch. I still gave it a 3.8. Now take that, and add to it all of the improvements that Tomme’s made over the years, add some age (and resulting dryness), pick the very best barrels, blend. Hard to imagine it could be anything less than amazing. And in my book, it certainly delivered on that.
Sweetness is immediately tempered by vinousness; prunes, raisins, black currant-like notes. Chewy, but not syrupy or worty. While some other thought it was overly bourbony, I am usually pretty sensitive to that and didnt get it at all. Certainly a sipper, and yes, there’s going to be some alcohol, but I thought it was pretty well-concealed. Brandy-like sweetness, wood tannins, raisin-like sweetness, and bourbon complexities all melded perfectly. Nice carbonation level, as well. Too many of these things have ultra low levels and suffer because of it. This still has an engaging carbonation that helps mask some of its burly size.
Really one of the best barleywines out there (not that that’s saying much). Very unique and as always, I feel very lucky to have tried it.
Lothore (585) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got the last pour before the keg blew at Toronado BW festival. It was about half head but I got it for $1!
A- Pours a deep, dark brownish color with a huge, tan head.
S- Lots of brandy, raisin, oak.
T- Sweet raisin, bready, spices, brandy, slight alcohol burn.
M- Thick with medium carbonation.
D- Awesome beer, i’m glad I got the chance to taste it (barely!).
cobaink2 (158) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting from brouwers. No head at all. Smells of licorice, molasses and a big nose of bourbon. Great lingering tastes heavy on alcohol and licorice. Fantastico!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rated on 7-24-2010 at Ratebeer Summer Gathering Grand Tasting in Grand Rapids, MI. This bottled beer has a tan head with a short retention, opaque brown body and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, fruity and alcohol. The taste is sweet, caramel malt and boozy. The palate has a warming sensation and this beer is full bodied. This is a very tasty beer which I am glad to have had the opportunity to rate. It is a sipping beer, would be a very nice winter beer, worth trying and a beer I would certainly drink again. I would not pass up trying this beer if it comes your way!
baraciisch (2238) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep hazelnut brown in color... Aroma is strongly bourbon whiskey... Flavor is big caramel, dark fruits up front, gives way to tobacco, bourbon whiskey, but mellows on the finish... Solid
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jackl (5472) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ The HUGE Tasting. The pour’s deep brown. Completely flat, as expected. Tart pennies. Acetic funk. Looks like this has picked up a bug. Notes of rich chocolate, wood. The taste is soured raisins. Brown bread. Brownie and vanilla toffee. Full body, rich, oily. Somehow this soured porter works.