StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep chocolate amber and slightly translucent with icy, galaxy tan sheafs spreading across the head. Lovely, beady cascading lace. Aroma channels straight to heaven. Caramelized beets, brandy butter, bourbon and rye. The dark hearted caramel whiskey is in complete harmony. Hazelnuts toy with coconut, oak and greased vanilla beans. Every piece is a match made in heaven. Flavor delights in full bodied abundance. Toffee encased with melting caramel liquor twines around the tongue and snaps like a spark to ignite the rest of the mouth. Melting jojoba lies with caramelized graham cracker crust with fire roasted coconut flakes blended into a pot of broiling bourbon crème brulee. Black plums and baked prunes serve as dark fruit elixirs, as a touch of blackened boysenberries is extinguished by bourbon rye prune melt. Dry, bitter tongue feels clean despite the heavy, full bodied assault that’s laid at its doorstep and chewed up like its bourbon laced milk chocolate truffles. Brandy butter and heavy caramel currents reinstate the crème brulee masterpiece in its triumphant finish. Another huge thank you to tpkenned for another wonderful bottle.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark pour w/ slight head. Oak, citrus, hops aroma. Port like in taste. Sweet raisans/currants flavor. Full mouthfeel. Awesome Beer!
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2009 2 rates: Wow, I love love this beer. Is it too perfect to be called beer? Tried at Port’s tasting room. Perfect color and aroma. Nice subtle oxidized undertone. Deep red and light brown. Sweet caramel taste and slight alcohol nose. Got the bottom of the bottle sample! Woohoo! I like the bourbon barrel version slightly more, but my rating is the same. 9,5,10,5,19:4.8
2 Rerates: Infected bottle. Unpleasant sourness, so I’m guessing some other bacteria instead of Brett, but the bacteria took about the same time as Brett: 9 months to sour, and the bacteria is tolerant of 11.5% alcohol beer, like Brett, and the L.A. building is swarming with Brett. 4,5,4,1,9:2.5
omhper (19334) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 Bottled, thanks cquiroga! Rating #10000 at OMH. Dark brown, creamy beige head. Lovely aroma of mature caramel, blackberries and vanilla. Fruity and vastly malty. Full bodied, yet so soft and gentle. Notes of coffee and almost balsamic oak character. Very complex and extremely well balanced. Finishes with surprisingly low bitterness. Perfection in near every aspect. The best barley wine ever! What a superb beer to chose for an important milestone!
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled, shared by omhper. Hazy dark brown with a small light brown foam. Deep vinous and malty aroma of dried fruit, red berries, nougat, vanilla with subtle distinct hop notes. Feels very harmonius. Full bodied and vreamy flavour of dried fruit, dades, pepper, nougat and small notes of Seville oranges. Long finish with extremely well-hidden alcohol of dark chocolate, nuts, almond and sweet red berries. Worldclass!
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Ok, this was a bit of a surprise, I couldn’t really tell if this is a BW or an RIS. But no matter, it was incredible regardless of what you categorize it as. Nice roasty, woody, vanilla vinous notes in the aroma, lots of similar complexity in the flavor. Mouthfeel is substantial, alcohol warming accompanied by a sweet pleasant finish. A very creative and desirable brew, glad I kept one for the future.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - APR 27, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the Linkery San Diego, I cant believe they had this here, and it was set up as a desert beer.. it paired great with the brown sugar and kiwi coffe cake. Everythings in this beer. Coffee, fruits, nuts, chocolate, brandy, whiskey, honey, caramel. You name it. I tasted over everything else, brown sugar, raisins, whiskey, irish cream and coffee. But thats just what i remember. It is strongly alcoholic and noticable, but i think its an excelent desert beer, much like a port wine but with more complexity. The palate is amazingly smooth and silky, and finishes with a belguim dark chocalate and cognac aftertaste. WOW is this even beer?
jason (1680) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Big thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this. Dark brown body with thin head. Nutty aroma with caramel and alcohol being noted. The taste is exceptionally smooth with a nice warming alcohol feeling. Lite sugar dances on your tongue with a big caramel taste. This was done real well and finishes so good that I needed more (sorry Steve).
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a dark, russett brown with red edges and a mild tan cap with a thick collar. Spotty lacing is left all over the glass.
Smell is rummy with oak & bourbon notes. These aromas are followed up with complex brown sugar, raisins, fruit cake, black grapes, caramel, and toffee.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a beautiful, sticky mix of caramel, oak, and mollasses.
Mouthfeel is sugary, & medium bodied with a vivacious lingering of raisins, sugar, oaky vanilla, and mollasses.
Well done brew! I felt bad about taking so much for myself but it was in love with this beer and the bourbon complexities that it melded together with.
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a dark mahogany color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of oak, woody, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, toffee and light bourbon. Tastes of bourbon (stronger than the aromas), brown sugar sweetness, caramel, dark fruits, and oak. Alcohol content well hidden. I went back for seconds of this one and would have gotten more if any was left (good thing I have some more at home!).