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?
vyvvy (5887) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #1400: 2007 releease - Thanks to the STL crew for sharing this elusive brew. Pours very dark with a reddish hue. The aroma has lots of vanilla, oak, light caramel, milk chocolate and some sourdough. Medium thick body thatís very smooth with minor carbonation on the finish. The flavor starts with lots of grainy oakiness, tons of vanilla and toasty / roasty malt. The finish has a lot of dry woodiness. This seems very nice, but at the same time like drinking pure oak. This will be an interesting one to see how age affects it.
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[889-20071201] 1pt9.4floz (Xmas Party 2007, beerhugger & guests). Dark figgy raisin fruit aroma has chocolate Irish cream booze notes. Black brown body with a long-lasting creamy light tan head. Tastes like maple syrup marinated raisins in a wooden barrel. Full body. Lovely balance but I keep hearing that this second batch cannot even touch what the first was like -- too bad for inconsistency reasons, but a fantastic beer nonetheless.
Overheard: "There is some serious sludge in here."
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2009 Oh yes, I was very happy to try this! Pours a dark brown with a small tan head head. Aroma of maple, wood, a bit of smoke...so much going on. Tastes of oak, chocolate, coffee, a bit of roast and has a mildly bitter finish. Complex flavor, too much so for being late in the night when my note-taking was so poor. Thick, yet drinkable palate. I canít wait to try this again, no matter what barrel itís thrown into.
until the carbonation carbonation takes hold, Iím downrating this beer. It just let me down, considering it HAD been carbonated in the past.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Sprinkle for sharing this west coast goodie! Pours a dark dark brown for a barleywine. A full creamy head for a barleywine too. Big seet round nose. Figgy oaky sweet. Fruity oak to cherry... and then thereís that bourbon. And the bourbon barrel Angleís Share is just straight bourbon or something, eh? Round smooth creamy full rich mouthfeel. Top notch. Big alcoholic bourbon oaky sweetness. Figgy alcoholic fruit with big round malt, softed by the oak. Oaky tannic finish. Did I mention oak? How about bourbon? Lovely beer, really lovely. Iíd love to see this with some serious age on it some day.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2009 Iíve been looking forward to this one. Poured a deep brown/black with zero head or lacing. Cork sort of just fell out. Aroma of wood,vanilla and fine liquer. Taste is wood, vanilla, caramel, toffee with a smooth and lasting finish. Hides the alcohol very nicely. Smoother and less complex than I would have expected, but a very nice treat nonetheless. Thanks to naven for the chance to try this.
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good. I canít believe they didnít already stick you in a bourbon barrel, because you sure taste like it. Very smooth, it all comes together very nice. Youíre also very pretty.
dalekliz (912) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2008 Opaque dark brown with a light brown head that dissipates quickly. Intense malt aroma, with hints of chocolate and brandy. Woodsy and sweet malty taste, the oak comes through nicely. Wonderfully drinkable.
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 bottle thanks to the Patron Saints special sale. Thanks guys. Pours dark, almost black with a small, white head. Nose is sweet, raisins, prunes, spicy, with a faint alcohol presence. Taste starts sweet with raisiny/prunish flavors with the alcohol well hidden. Alcohol comes through the nose-barley wine with a twist. Body is full with moderate carbonation. Bourbon comes through but does not overwhelm. Very subtle, great beer. I canít believe this is over 11% ABV and that I drank the entire bottle by myself.