jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 17, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of jimbowood. Tasted right after Firestone 10. It has better aroma and appearance than Firestone, but taste is better with Firestone. Taste of oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Less slap in your face than Firestone. Still unbelievable beer that I cannot even come close to getting in AL. Thanks jimbo, you the man!!!
GonZoBeeR (2959) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:good chocolate fudge aroma,nutty and alcohol...
Appearance:fark brown,with a light head..
Flavor:chocolate fudge,toffe and nutty,light alcohol flavor...Taste more like a imperial stout....
Sammy (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2007 12.6% version. Chocolate rules! Here is a barleywine well malted by the inclusion of quality chocolate, and must lead to an increase in score. Because of the darker look, the sweeter chocolate smell, and of course the Hershey chocolate taste with brandy from the barells. Above average mouthfeel. In the finish, the barleywine. Better more complex barleywines, Belgiums? Of course. Avery expensive choice of $70 bomber all-in at Beerbistro.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Complex malt sweetness of caramel and toffee blended with vanilla, oak, cherries, berries, nutty marzipan and alcohol in the aroma. Opaque brown body is topped by a low but lasting off white head. Honey sweetness to the expressive malt flavours with fruity esters and barrel character as suggested by the aroma. Perhaps could use further aging to more integrate the flavours. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Bottle sampled with Altair, beerbuzzmontreal, Cathschlag, Glouglouburp, Goldorak, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Yowie.
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from John C and enjoyed with tjthresh, served in my NB worthy glass: A deep russet brown hue with ruby highlights, small tan head and good lace. The nose detected an initial fruity character of plum, raisin, and starfruit along with spices of that hint of cardamom, clove and anise. Get a huge vapour of black and toffee malt before the vanilla and oaky barrel kicks in.
A massive and complex flavor profile greets the taster with rich liquor overtones, sweet malts, spicy hops, and a lovely subdued fruity background. The finish is light tannic and woody and even comes off a little like a tawny port! An incredible beer that just overwhelms the senses, BRAVO TOMME!
The mouth feel is lush and very biting, young and brash but age should tame this tiger. OMG what a treat for the palate and nose, a beer worthy of every nit of hype brought upon it...must get another bottle or three.
jercraigs (8106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 Bottle. Ratebeer Christmas in Oshawa, December 2007. I believe it was indicated that this was recently released version? Very dark brown body with a modest creamy tan head (3+). Lightly woody character is my first impression of the aroma, sweet underlying malt,
dark fruit notes. Wood brings a touch of alcohol with it and then later a moderate amount of vanilla as the glass warms up. The flavour starts out a touch rough, partly due to wood and alcohol character, and partly due to the realization that it does not taste the same as my last sample. Sweet malt follows behind that initial impression. Somewhat dry alcoholic finish leaves a warming glow in the mouth with a boozy finish. Medium palate has low carbonation. Not sure if the beer is different or if I am, but this was just pretty good, where the last sample was superb, and it is a fairly large disappointment because of that. 8/3+/8/3/16-17 - 4.0
"Oh, you’re a giraffe?" - Rudolf
<P>July 2007. Bottle shared at beerbistro by dtseen. Black body with a rich creamy brown head and some lacing on the glass. Rich aroma with complex malt and prominent yet graceful alcohol. (8+) Flavour is likewise quite malty with just enough bitterness and alcohol presence to balance the sweetness. Lingering tangy malt with note of bitterness and gloriousness I like the verbiage to elaborate on at this time. Creamy smooth palate floats on the tongue. Whispers of anise in the aftertaste. I eventually gave up trying to keep my notes up with my thought process and finished with "F**K YEAH!" First beer to knock my socks off like this in a long time! Thanks again for sharing Dave! 9/5/40/5/20 - 4.9
Theis (13895) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RF07 - At the Plan B Tasting Session...... Thanks Guys !! Almosy black - yellow head. Berries, dried dark fruits, chokolate - high chokolate, medium sharpness, light wood - bourbon. Light alcho-burn. Nice soft.
sunevdj (3277) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roskilde Festival Tasting. Pours black(?) with a yellowish head. Nice smell of caramel. Very sweet. Strong bourbon flavors. Lots of raisins and caramel. Mellow carbonation. Very full bodied. Bitter finish with a warming alcoburn. Nice one.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to Ughsmash by way of JohnC for this outstanding brew! A black barley wine? Very interesting. Deep nearly opaque color with a beautiful whipped cream head. Great aroma with just a few fusels leaping out to brush the nose. All brandy barrel in this one with sugary sweet notes accented by grapes and burnt toffee. A slight bit of tannin, but quickly subdued by the huge vanilla profile that is noted throughout the tasting experience. On the palate, I absolutely love the idea to emphasize the caramel malt to create balance and a complimentary harmony with the sweet brandy barrels. Outstanding!
Ughsmash (7203) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled, special thanks to JohnC. Poured a lovely shade of damn near black with a nice cap of deep beige head. Aroma picked up very deep, roasted caramel and milder chocolates with intricate accents from the brandy barrel... vanilla, vinous notes, and toasted oak are very well-intertwined... deep and seductive.. damn near a 10.
Flavor was equally magnificent.. superb caramelization and some semi-sweet chocolate at the core.. layers of sweet vanilla beans and deep vinous notes slightly over that.. sweet toasted oak and warm alcohol pick up through the finish... just a lovely balance to it, and the warmth is presented without being scathing. Heavy-bodied on the palate and remarkably well-balanced.. drier on the tail-end. Well-done! Thanks John!