EithCubes (5091) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12.7 oz, corked and caged, 12.5% abv, vintage 2014A. This is somewhat of an oddity in that I had an íupgradedí version on tap in Colorado some years ago, and am only now wrapping back around to the original. Nose is heavy brandy with a little port, oily even in the nose, tons of barrel character overwhelming just about everything else, but man is it good! [If there is a serious flaw here, itís the way overstayed time in barrels, which could mask delicate nuance or even a bad recipe. I guess that is itís calling card, though, itís reason for being, and itís a good one.] Caramel and vanilla, spirited booze. Pours tawny but ends up essentially black in the glass at full volume, briefest of heads. Taste sweet with caramel, toffee, strong and very punchy red fruit, firm fruit esters, wood/oak barrel character, brandy, vanilla, light toast and excellent rounding tannins sugary alcohol and gentle burning fusels. Full body oily, boozy, but not obese or undrinkable; itís heavy but not the heaviest Iíve had this year ... seems to have earned the stature somehow. Very malty. There are some wonderful unfurling notes of tobacco leaf, and rum-raisin sugars before and after the flambť. Light-medium bitterness and a touch of yeast deep under the alcohol. Smooth and superb sipper, really exemplary traditional barleywine flavors married to strong, complex brandy/port overtones from the long barrel aging; itís worth showing to someone to demonstrate just how varied beer can be, and itís worth the high price point if you get to take the bottle home and enjoy it all by yourself.
Just so much here! Shouldíve sent a poet.
Beergeek23322 (2493) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12/17/014. 12.7 oz bottle. Not sure of the year, but labels says 12.5% ABV. Murky dark brown with basically no head. Sweet oaky aromas with caramel and dried fruit. Similar, sticky sweet flavors, hints of vanilla with a boozy warm finish.
maxwelldeux (3812) - Everett, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a smallish light tan head on there. Nose has some caramel up front with a lot of dark fruits in there. Taste is slightly sweet and very warming, and seems to have just a bit of wood and Belgian yeast to it. I like.
Bule (875) - California, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Beercraft. Pours a dark brown color without any head. Low carbonation. Very noticeable alcohol booziness that overpowers a little.
Bobhund (425) - - NOV 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drucken på OConnors, Uppsala.. En fin öl på många sätt, se betyget för mer info.
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BOSSbrewer (1991) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at The Hopping Pig in San Diego. Pours a slightly hazy brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is oaky bourbon toffee malt. Really nice. Flavor is sweet bitter with lots of oak and caramel. Some vanilla. Really smooth and nice. Great beer.
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jsnicholas (252) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (12.7oz $18): Murky brown with little head. Sweet fig smell. Taste... Sweet. followed by some warming. Not worth the cost IMO.
kbudd19 (724) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2012 vintage. Dark brown pour with a bit of head that disappears, looks like a fine liquor after the fact. Aroma is loads bourbon, vanilla, raisins, caramel, and oak. Taste is toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, rum soaked raisins, followed by some light bitterness, oak, with a boozy spirit forward finish, mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is light but certainly not flat as some have suggested. Really nice barley wine, surprisingly boozy given I sat on this for two years.
DedicatedToFun (3058) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, brown pour, tan head, nose is caramel, taste is more mild than the grand cru, cherries, sweet
Beermack (677) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle. Burgundy colour, thin off white head. Lovely vanilla, oak chip and deep caramel nose, some vinous fruit action in there. Big boozy dark fruit and vanilla taste, lovely whiskey notes coming through, lovely and oaky, some spice, little bit of heat. More vanilla and deep caramel, filling it out nicely. Lovely figs, caramel and oak to finish. Lacking carb perhaps. Body is pretty good though. Well rounded, right amount of booziness, really very good.