fonefan (36362) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. [ Courtesy of drewbeerme ] Dark brown / black color with a average frothy good lacing mostly lasting beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, rasin, plum, port, tawny, soy sauce, licorice, burnt sugar, bourbon, oak, chocolate. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration. Body is full, texture is oily, syrupy, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. Very very nice ;o)) Hopefully I will be lucky enough some day to have another bottle of this fine beer.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from 750 ml bottle in Montreal on Glouglouburpís roof at the tiggmtl-returns/MartinT leaves for Japan party, June 17 2007. Pours very dark, near black with a molasses-like appearance, dark tan head dies away quickly leaving a small ring....huge, rich, rum-soaked fruitcake aroma, vanill and marzipan sauce covering gingerbread for a double-cake delight, as decadent as you could possibly imagine and just wonderfully inviting and enthralling...the body is just as luscious, sinfully, velvety thick, lightly oily with licorice and molasses-maple sugars dominating the experience....faint resinous hops kick in just enough to keep this from being too sticky and sweet to be drinkable, though it is on the edge sugar-overload....the brandy-bourbon qualities are strong but for me not overdone; I would have liked to see a slightly higher carbonation level as this becomes a bit difficult to drink, but on the whole this is masterful and delightful, close to Thomas Hardys in intent and worthy of the comparison.
bu11zeye (11975) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of Walt) Pours a deep amber-brown body with a spare beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor of dark fruits, caramel, oak, and chocolate.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of Schutzenliesel. Thanks, Tom!! Pours a very dark cola brown color; light tan head with decent lacing (why did everyone elseís look better than mine?). Pleasant, bourbony and buttery vanilla notes in the aroma; a touch of alcohol. Very dense, oily mouthfeel: viscous, chewy dried fruits and toasty bourbon; very pleasant, non-abrasive barrel presence with creamy, buttery notes; concentrated, generous barrel-aged beer. Excellent. Lengthy, toasty bourbon and vanilla finish.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled on Glouglouís roof at our summer BBQ blowout
Very dark for the style, but thatís not a problem for me. It looked almost like a porter, with a cream, tan head.
Started off with prunes and the first alcoholic effluves were spicy like a fruitcake, then as it warmed the fusels came out a bit more, giving it a powerful aroma that oscillated between a fine Kirschwasser and a cask strenght whiskey. Whoh.
Quite rich but never going overboard, the barrel-aging is just at the right level where Brandy and Rhum flavors are present but without draining out the body. The booze flavor is there but without the burning or harshness you can find sometimes, only a nice warm feeling in the throat at the very end. The body is quite malty and easy to drink, even at near room temp. Surprising how it can seem so simple in one sip, then throw you for a loop the next. It just evolved and flowed, and deserves all the hype and then some.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared by BBB63
Pours dark brown/mahogany with a brown head. Heavy dark friut aroma with lots of oak. Rich, and very malty with lots of fruity goodness up front.
This was the last beer of a long night of sampling for me and Mike. Hopefully I will be lucky enough some day to have another bottle of this fine beer.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at woodshop tasting, shared Generously by cquiroga. Dark brown pour, Heavy fruit nose,nice lacing throughout, lots of dark fruits, wood, some vanilla, quite quaffable! Enjoyed very much!
SpringsLicker (3172) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Beer_Hawk for sharing this at the Knoxville Spring(ish) Tasting in Knoxville, TN on 3/10/2007.
This pours an almost opaque dark brown that shows clear on the edges and supports a tan head.
The aroma is one of dark fruits and alcohol.
The bourbon is well masked and the overall flavor blends this subtle bourbon with the fruits and caramels.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUN 12, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 Thick tan froth totally covers a rich looking, ultra-dark burgundy body. Deep within lie swirls of brown that look like the mouth of a soil-choked river. Gorgeous, with thick lacing that resembles storm clouds about to unleash a torrential downpour. Absolutely the most menacing barleywine Iíve ever beheld. The aroma is bloated with a symphony of chocolate and dark berries. Totally stitchless melding of nuances that captivate and entangle my nose and mind. The fruit notes seem as though dried fruits were used, with hints of sun-soaked blackberries and sticky crumpled raspberries. Oak wafts in and sits steadily atop the fruit, releasing wave after booming wave of vanilla and spice. This is completely overdone, over aged and I absolutely adore it. Alcohol is moderate and adds to the complexity of the nose. The malt is caramel rich, with lesser jabs at chocolate icing and toasty bread. So far, simply marvelous. The flavor is much the same, with additions of fresh but cooled coffee, molasses, raisins and apricot. Very sweet immediately and throughout, the flavor doesnít even bring to mind the slightest nudging of cloying taste. Bitterness is shielded from easy interpretation by gargantuan fruitiness and steadily warming alcohol. Late in the quaff, alcohol drying begins to take hold. Vanilla grows in evidence at a steady and comparable rate. Tannic acidity grips the corners of the cheeks and beckons the sweet nectar to parade in an orderly fashion quietly down the center of my tongue. This is a really fun barleywine to sip, though itís just as fun to take gigantic gulps; it definitely goes down far too easy. the finish is mildly warming, sweet then dry and fruity with vanilla overtones. The mouthfeel is stunning: extremely full-bodied, viscous but never too sticky, appropriately carbonated and unyielding in itís ferocity. Miles ahead of any barrel aged barleywine Iíve ever had the pleasure to drink.
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JUN 9, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2008 750 ml. bottle @ Oíbrienís. I canít believe they had 12 bottles of this and 1 hour prior to closing they still had 5 left. WOW. Pours awesome, dark brown with the slightest hint of amber. Aroma of carmel, vanilla, and oak. Taste is very silky, carmel, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and a little bit of heaven. Excellent.