adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 # 800. 2006 750 ml bottle courtesy of WeeHeavySD. Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a medium sized beige-light brown head. Complex aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt, candied sugar, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Taste is pleasantly sweet with hints of vanilla, oak, prunes, plums, dates, dark brown sugar, raisins, caramel and malt. Has a spectacular brandy finish. One of the best beers Ive had and certainly the best barley wine Ive ever had.
DenverLogan (1098) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2015 Ruby brown; tan head. Rich malt and coconut aroma...more coconut in the first batch. Iíve had this many times including at the 06í Toronado Barleywine fest where it won an award. Flavors of rich amber malts, vanilla, oak, bourbon, maple syrup, caramel. Quite tasty, smooth and lovely, with the first batch perhaps a tad more special. Rich and lovely, fresh or aged, in bottle or on tap.
July 8, 2015 - This is the 12.5% version. Poured in a Saxo chalice. Pours brown with small head and lace. Aroma roasty malts, slight oxidation, nuts, earth, bourbon. Medium carbonation and significant mouthfeel. Flavors of rich malts, minerals, brandy, funky fruit rind, raisins, plums. Overall rich and flavorful, warming and complex.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 750 ml bottle via trade with wetherel - Pours a hazy brown color with a faint off white head. No lacing to mention. Aroma is oak/bourbon, dark esters, molasses, and vanilla. Flavor is sweet malt, dark esters, and vanilla. Medium to full body. I think what sticks out the most about this beer besides the fantastic aroma and flavor, is that it is SO smooth for a relatively young beer. A fantastic beer. Thanks John.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2008 Courtesy of JimboWood. Poured a cloudy dark brown with a foamy, tan head. The aroma is big dark fruits with toffee, toasted and roasted malts, chocolate, and bourbon. Flavors are sweet carmel, big cinnamon and brown sugar, choclate, vanilla, raisins, plums, with some bitter hops and bourbon coming through in the finish. Surprisingly smooth.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of cbkshubert. Good aroma of oak wood and bourbon whiskey. Dark body with tan head. Sweet tobacco, whiskey, wood with only a slight bitterness noticable. Alcohol on the fish found in bottom of glass was not a factor till last swig. Good beer that lives up to the hype.
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
8th Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines. Pours clear brown with a spare, fizzy, off-white head, diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, toffee, nutty), average hops (flowers, perfume), average yeast (dough, earth) with notes of heavy alcohol, dates, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared with kleyland, courtesy of golubj, via alexanderj. 2007 vintage. Pours a dark brown. Thin, bubbly, off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, oak, and warming alcohol. The initial flavor is mildly sweet. Notes of raisins, vanilla, and oak chips. Strong, bitter finish. Warming alcohol was present from start to finish.
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating 2100! Bottle (750ml) at beerbistro, shared with and courtesy of a very generous HogTownHarry. Batch 1, 2006 vintage. A milestone and a much anticipated beer, Iím one happy camper! Pours a very dark ruby-brown with a small diminishing creamy tan head, almost oily-looking. Very nice rich aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, wood, caramel malt, alcohol, light spices, hops and more -- thereís lots going on there, itís quite complex. Flavour: Wow, thatís everything itís purported to be -- amazing! Whereís the 11.5% alcohol? Sweet taste of caramel malt, brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruit and some hops and alcohol in the finish. Canít taste much alcohol but this will knock you on your ass for sure, I can definitely feel it. Nice full body, syrupy mouthfeel. Amazing, quite simply the best barrel-aged beer Iíve ever had. Thanks again Harry -- Iím aging the 2007 version for at least year and then weíll share that sucker and I hope itís even close to as good as this was. Wow.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-tinted caramel colored pour with a scant head. Fruity nose with hints of some dark fruits. Mouthfeel is smooth. Flavor is to bitter Ė of maybe itís just very hot Ė for a barley wine IMO.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep garnet with no head. Wonderful nose. First sip was smooth but there is a ton of alcohol as well. Whatís all the fuss?