Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. The aroma has lots of chocolate, coconut, vanilla, hints of grape, and faint alcohol. It pours a dark brown with some orange hilights when held to the light and a small off-white head. The flavor starts with lots of caramel and faint chocolate. There is a strong vinuous backbone with moderate bourbon as well. The finish is rather sweet with some vanilla, hints of bittersweet chocolate, and light alcohol.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!... Very dark, clear, ruby ale with a mid-sized, creamy, lightly tanned head. Good retention. The nose is of coconut, caramel, chocolate and oak. Sweet, malty, woodsy, hot flavor. Chocolaty with notes of Cognac. Full-bodied and alcohol/dry with subtle carbonation. Lengthy, boozy, medium bitter, drying finish. World class barley Wine! Thanks to goldtwins for his generosity! ... now, get another bottle and lay it down for a year!
joquiroz (1) - USA - JAN 9, 2007 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I am a sucker for this beer/wine. I have been tasting it since before it even got bottled. Flat tastes better than carbonated. If you are lucky enough to have a bottle open it a couple hours before drinking it.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 75 cl) Pours a dark, opaque brown with a beige head. Sweet and very complex bourbon aroma. Quite full-bodied with sweet caramel notes - distinctly sweet notes - lots of vanilla and sweet caramel. Lovely. 291206
joergen (18846) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 Bottle.
Black coloured with a small off white head.
Sweet and light roasted aroma of vanilla, rye bread and dried fruits with notes of sherry and alcohol.
Sweet and light roasted flavour of vanilla, dried fruits, sherry, oak and alcohol.
Warming alcoholic finish.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2009 Pours a deep brown hue with a light tan head. Aromas of toasted nuts, caramel, toffee and a little chocolate. Mouth feel is medium to full bodied with flavors of oak, vanilla, caramel and a nice roastiness.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2008 750 ml bottle. Pours darker than any bw I have seen with a small head. Aroma is cocoa, smoke and heavy on the vanilla. Taste is sweet and the body is rich. The alcohol doesn’t smack ya in the head more like just gently warms the palate. The smoothness redefines what a bw should be. This one is excellent.
Emil (6069) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. The colour is almost black with a hint of red with a small beige head. The aroma is heavy on whiskey, wood, vanilla and coconuts, and so is the taste just with a hint of alcohol in the good way, all this goodness in packed in a medium to full body with a sweet alcoholic finish. Me I like!!!!
Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. A deep red beer with a slight haze under a collapsing brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of whiskey, chocolate, and vanilla - nice. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of vanilla, chocolate, and wood, as well as light notes of the alcohol. Nice one.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from cquiroga, sampled with badnewsbeers. Dark brown body with reddish highlights, thin tan head. Leaves good lacing on the glass. Boozy oak and vanilla aroma with toast lurking but buried in barrel. Strong oaky body with brown sugar, toast, and alcohol. Burnt caramely sugars and candied fruits impart sweetness to this high octane oak-alcohol elixir. The rich, sweet body does beg, however, for a bit more complexity and heft. Very nice.