SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 oz bottle from South Bay Drugs. What a treat to have this available at a local spot. I was saving it for when I had a lot of time to spend drinking it and studying it and now was my time. The nose was a sweet blend of caramel and sugary malt with an unbelievable fresh scent of wood. The wood kind of reminded me of woodshop or a freight carrying a whole cargo of cut trees. The flavor was similar to syrup and hid the alcohol content to a well masked factor during the drink. The pour created vigorous head which I didnít expect and in part I lost a few ounces since I couldnít control the abruption of the bottle, but I admired itís view while it rested in my glass. I savored every sip I took of this beer and only had wished it was sold in a bigger bottle so that I could indulge myself fully in itís taste further.
jeremyh70 (668) - Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2014 2012 vintage. Pours a a dark cola brown with almost no head and little lacing. Aroma is wonderful with nutty, caramel scent along with plums and figs. Also get some toasted coconut and vanilla. Taste is very similar with molasses sweetness and some chocolate syrup and a bit of roastiness. Get those nutty flavors with the dark fruits and the toasted coconut. Just a bit of alcohol. Finishes with some sweetness. Mouthfeel was oily and medium bodied with low carbonation. Delicious. Best barleywine Iíve had.
kambei70 (561) - - JUL 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. Pours a fairly clear dark amber brown with a few bubbles but no head. Slick, oily lacing. Nose and taste are virtually identical. Malt, Coffee, chocolate syrup, coconut, vanilla, caramel, prune/raisin, a little roast and just the faint bit of alcohol. A soft, smooth mouthfeel, medium body. Not much carbonation and just a little alcohol warmth. Balance is incredible with just the right amount of everything.
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RussianDragon (331) - - JUL 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled vertical: 2008 vintage is 375 ml, 2009 vintage is 750 ml. Pours a translucent dark brown/caramel color, nearly still (after head quickly faded). Aroma is dark fruit and booze, with notes of plums, dark cherries and prune. Flavor is malty, sweet caramel, and dark fruit with overall delicious sour tang. A slight port complexity. From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord tasting)
BMMillsy (1272) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver. Pours pitch black and inky with no head whatsoever. Aroma is sweet brandy and some light anise, molasses, more sweet sugar. Flavor follows with thick brandy and molasses flavors, some light oakiness, burnt caramel, very sweet. Nearly no carbonation in this one, and on the sweet side which cuts through the thickness and puts things a bit on the cloying side. Big bodied though. I definitely liked the bourbon version better than this one, but would be nice on a winter day.
rafael_costa (3) - - JUN 30, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Barleywine is amazing. Slightly toasted, with oak, Vanilla, toffee and bodied. I drink This Beer at Lost Abbey and was a unique experiente.
tcane7 (1657) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
í10 brandy barrel draft from Alla Spina. Pours a murky maroon with no head. Aroma of sherry, cardboard, chocolate, tootsie roll, butterscotch. Definitely infected but delicious. Nice tartness. Chocolate, red grape, sherry
BlackHaddock (3511) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On my third and final flight at Stones Liberty Station outlet in San Diego on 17th March 2014. Came black with a thinning tanned head. Rich and deep malty molasses rule the nose and taste, this is one heavy brew with plenty going on to occupy your senses. A great send off from a lovely setting, slow walk back to the hotel took a bit longer because of this beer!
Danyel (592) - Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is strong vanilla, bourbon, sweet molasses, extremely complex. Taste is exceptional!! Great bourbon flavors, smoooooth, rich, absolutely Delish!!!! Damn, this is great!
Salmoniform (477) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from tap to glass. Dark hue with off white head . Huge aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, molasses, toffee, soy, prunes, leather, tobacco. Mouthfeel is fantastic with full body and soft carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with woody tannins in the following and ethanol finish. Overall...wow!
maley1 (744) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with reddish tinge and no head whatsoever. Aroma of malts, caramel, raisins, toffee and vanilla. Taste of caramel malts, prunes, figs, toffee, vanilla and slight oak barrels. Slightly fruity. Full bodied, no carbonation. Very tasty beer, a little carbonation would have upped the score, felt like I was drinking a beer I had left on the counter overnight!