RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big bourbon and wine aroma. Quite vinous, vanilla accented flavor. More complex than the brandy barrel, but not quite as hedonisticly pleasurable as the bourbon barrel.
wedgie9 (1794) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 12/2/11 from a corked and caged 375mL bottle purchased online from Beverages4Less. Pours an extremely thick dark brown, almost looks like molasses, with a thin tan head that slowly recedes to a thin collar of lace. The nose is super intense sweet raisin with tons of brown sugar, slightly oxidized port wine, actually quite vinous and fruity, balsamic, and some underlying tartness that becomes more apparent as the beer warms. The sourness is much more present on the flavor, showing with tart lemon and balsamic vinegar, but all of the raisin vinous fruit, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee flavors are in the background, along with the distinct note of black peppercorn. The body is very thick and somewhat syrupy with a good amount of tannin, light, but fizzy carbonation, and a very long finish that starts off with the sour notes and moves through the gamut of vinous and malty caramel flavors as well. I am not sure that this was intended, but this is an excellent beer, almost completely masking the high alcohol content.
dmac (3757) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375 ml cork and cage bottle thanks to boamr, thanks Ryan. Poured an ugly super deep slght reddish brown with the tiniest touch of beige head with some super serious agitation. Aroma of brandy, old honey, wet wood, sour cherry juice. The body was rather lifeless with only a hint of carbonation, medium body and a slight oily feel overall. Flavor is loaded with alcohol, vanilla and cherry juice, brandy, cardboard and more alcohol. I should of dank this one months ago, my bad.
pineypower (2411) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Dmac. Pours out a moderate rather still brown color with not much of a head. Aroma is dried fruits, strong alcohol notes, light oak, and light tartness. Taste is of light tartness, some dried fruits, light caramel port wine, oak, and some earthy notes, wine.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of bourbon, oak, leather, smoke, tobacco, alcohol, chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts. Very dark ruddy brown hue with no head. Flavor is heavy sweet. Palate is very heavy and oily flat. Overall a great smelling Barley Wine but with a huge amount of issues. Once again Lost Abbey fails to carbonate their Angelís Share that now Iím thinking itís on purpose. The result is one ugly beer with a gross palate. The bourbon is well blended and the aroma is just wonderful. Over rated bourbon BW as usual.
Ughsmash (7008) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7 oz bottle. Poured murky medium-brown with a short-lived beige head. The aroma picked up warm molasses, aged caramel, biscuits, and vinous fruit, with sweet bourbon and brandy accents.. tangy oak and grape skins emerged with warmth.. alcohol was held in check by the lovely deep sugars. The flavor found tasty vanilla beans across the middle, joined by aged caramel and molasses.. tangy oak, fruit skins, and black peppery notes laced throughout.. very tasty bourbon, molasses, and vinous notes on the long, belly-warming finish.. loved it! Heavier-bodied with low (but some) carbonation on the palate.. spicy, well-balanced, and extremely tasty! This was awesome.
brokensail (9954) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 31, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A: The beer pours a hazy amber color with a rather large off-white head.
S: Very sour. Lemon, raspberry, and cherry with plenty of vinegar. Light bourbon and brandy notes with some mild vanilla and red grapes.
T: The flavor is just as off. Tons of lemon and vinegar notes. Lots of red fruits, especially raspberries, almost like a framboise in a sense. Light bourbon and brandy, a little bit of vanilla, too.
M: Medium bodied with very high carbonation.
O: Obviously this one has gone off the deep end.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Doodler (312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a trade with Ken (thanks greatly) - shared with a UT buddy. Pours a fizzy brown with a nice fluffy head. Nose of brown sugar, bourbon and raisins. Taste is similar - packed with malty grains, loads of woody bourbon, chocolate nibs and dark fruit, Finish is slightly hot and lingers on the tongue for a good bit afterwards. Nicely carbonated. Good stuff....
drowland (5961) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
3/9/11. 375mL bottle courtesy hellomynameis. Opaque reddish-brown pour with a small ring of brown head. Very complex aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, black licorice, bourbon, vanilla, fudge, buttery coconut, and more. Sweet malty flavor that hints at sour grapes along with a solid dose of oak, buttery coconut, vanilla, dark fruits, brown sugar, and more. This is intense and quite nice. Itís like a sour bourbon barleywine. Awesome! Love it!