monk191 (1776) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great brandy aged strong ale. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Smells of lots of vanilla, caramel and booze. Taste is sharp, with lots of brandy all around, and a good amount a vanilla. A bit of caramel and red apples as well. Had on tap at the Winchester Goose.
gregwilsonstl (2141) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hooo, this is strong. Boozy. Like drinking wood. Whiskey. If you like barrel aged beers, this is for you. Hints of vanilla. Tasted at Elijah Ps Monsters of Beer
haukur (1800) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - OCT 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog. Vanilla, tobacco, dried fruits in the aroma. Palate is slick, some yeasty notes, strong hint of bourbon, well balanced, fantastic.
rouhlas (2803) - GREECE - OCT 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Dark copper brown color with small beige head. Malty aroma, dark dried fruits, plums, figs, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, wood, alcohol. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma with alcohol addition. Medium oily body with soft to flat carbonation.
ACHops (1374) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2015 On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours muddy reddish brown with minimal head. Aroma is big rich earthy malts, heavy sweet barrel-aged notes dominate the finish. Taste is huge boozy malt, rich lightly roasty caramel flavor, full mouthfeel, big oaky finish with lots of alcohol heat. Still balanced, given all the malt here. Very approachable for a barleywine, not excessive in any dimension, just big. Outstanding beer.
UPDATE: 2015 Brandy barrel version, on tap @ Chuck’s CD 3 months later. Taste is similar to the original, brandy seems to add another layer to the caramel candy sweetness of this beer, still retains balance of the original and lacks the heavy bourbon notes of the bourbon version - the brandy barrels seem to meld with the case beer a bit better. Not hot, even at 12.5%, likely due all the big flavor here. Great beer.
beerbaaron (1974) - Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft. Pours what is looking like a murky dark brown. Dissipating head. I’m gonna give the appearance the benefit of the doubt. Big. Complex. Full of character. Warmth with a mild booziness. Caramel, toffee, dark fruit, brown sugar..all that malty barley wine goodness. Strong and good. Initial sweetness gets balanced out. Great balance. Lighter full body. Superb.
tmongoose (2223) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared from 2009 375ml. Omfg nuff said. Pours almost black with oily slickness no head at all. The aroma is amazing dark fruits, oak, caramel, toffee, alcohol, earth goodness very complex. The flavor is ten times more powerful amazing goodness out of s bottle everything that you can smell is in the flavor personified. Overall one of the highest ratings I have given.
cagou007 (1046) - FRANCE - AUG 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep black with no head. Nose is dark fruits and carsmel. Aromas are roasted malts, coffee, caramel, dark fruits, with whisky notes. Creamy texture, low carbonation. Long alcoholic and sweet-roasty finish.
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Swingracex (10) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great barleywine...and barleywines seem to meld to me...2009 release...too 10 easy
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2015 Bottle at Antwaerps Bierhuyske. Very thin, off-white head only retaining around the edges, deep reddish bronze colour, very dark but still transparent. Very complex, beguiling barley wine bouquet, of the kind I could sniff for hours; tawny port, banana liqueur, black olives, tons of vanilla tannins, milk chocolate, raisins soaked in brown rhum, coconut, marzipan, liquorice touch, candied orange, walnuts, cinnamon, mocha ice cream, red wine, candied dates. Intense candied sweetness in the onset but perfectly in place, bit syrupy, amaretto, sugary but in a refined, exotic kind of way, basic sourish accent, very soft, velvety, creamy mouthfeel, caramelly and lightly nutty undertone becoming deliciously chocolatey in the end, viscous and vinous as any big barley wine should be, peppery alcohol accent in the finish but only adding warmth and depth, orange liqueur, Pineau de Charentes, wonderfully bittersweet with oaky drought, long and very complex. Very expensive, but fantastic, especially if you like deep barley wines the way I do. Epic!