Beergeek23322 (2595) - 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 (4081) - Snohomish, 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 (1067) - 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.
BOSSbrewer (2298) - 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 (325) - 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 (819) - 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 (3566) - 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 (710) - 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.
andrewje41 (1059) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour split, enjoyed side by side with the bourbon aged vintage version. Thanks T for making this happen! Pours a reddish black with a fading tan head. Strong rich chocolate and sweet dark fruit. Sweet like a cookie flavor. Smooth flavor with a dark, more tart finish. Medium carb. A little boozy but overall drinks smooth. What a good beer this is.
solidfunk (4874) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 vintage. Very well done barley wine. Pours dark maroon with good head and lacing. Light sourness, lots of mash malt here. Some citrus, some booze. Brandy is light and well-integrated. Light bitter-sour finish. Bottle pour at Churchkey’s 5th anniversary - thanks to Jackl for a taste of this.