clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish brown, no head, none, looked like port in the glass. Aroma of dark fruit, raisons, vanilla, and a slight mustiness I presume from the oak. Complex, raisons, fig, dates, vanilla, caramel, molasses, wood. Alcohol hidden very well, excellent beer, but a tad too sweet for my liking, I wonder if some age in the bottle would dry it a touch.
tom10101 (4229) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (375 ml) at home. Split 2½ ways. At least 2 years old already, maybe more. Dark reddish-brown with no head or lacing to speak of. Aroma is complex with loads of figs and dark fruits along tobacco, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, oak, alcohol and molasses. Taste is moderately acidic so it probably mean that there’s something wrong going on in there but it’s probably an early phase since there’s still residual sugars. There’s the same dried fruits and molasses presence than in the aroma with the booze being more present and the bourbon/vanilla/oak trio also being upfront. Medium body. Dead flat. A bit vinous mouthfeel. Fruity and hot finish. Not what I expected (except for the lack of carbonation) but it’s tasty, rather complex and I would even say quite enjoyable (in small portions).
monk191 (1451) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great brandy aged strong ale. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Smells of lots of vanilla, caramel and booze. Taste is sharp, with lots of brandy all around, and a good amount a vanilla. A bit of caramel and red apples as well. Had on tap at the Winchester Goose.
gregwilsonstl (1556) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hooo, this is strong. Boozy. Like drinking wood. Whiskey. If you like barrel aged beers, this is for you. Hints of vanilla. Tasted at Elijah Ps Monsters of Beer
haukur (1514) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - OCT 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog. Vanilla, tobacco, dried fruits in the aroma. Palate is slick, some yeasty notes, strong hint of bourbon, well balanced, fantastic.
rouhlas (1701) - GREECE - OCT 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Dark copper brown color with small beige head. Malty aroma, dark dried fruits, plums, figs, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, wood, alcohol. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma with alcohol addition. Medium oily body with soft to flat carbonation.
ACHops (1030) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours muddy reddish brown with minimal head. Aroma is big rich earthy malts, heavy sweet barrel-aged notes dominate the finish. Taste is huge boozy malt, rich lightly roasty caramel flavor, full mouthfeel, big oaky finish with lots of alcohol heat. Still balanced, given all the malt here. Very approachable for a barleywine, not excessive in any dimension, just big. Outstanding beer.
beerbaaron (1815) - Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft. Pours what is looking like a murky dark brown. Dissipating head. I’m gonna give the appearance the benefit of the doubt. Big. Complex. Full of character. Warmth with a mild booziness. Caramel, toffee, dark fruit, brown sugar..all that malty barley wine goodness. Strong and good. Initial sweetness gets balanced out. Great balance. Lighter full body. Superb.
tmongoose (1865) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared from 2009 375ml. Omfg nuff said. Pours almost black with oily slickness no head at all. The aroma is amazing dark fruits, oak, caramel, toffee, alcohol, earth goodness very complex. The flavor is ten times more powerful amazing goodness out of s bottle everything that you can smell is in the flavor personified. Overall one of the highest ratings I have given.
cagou007 (611) - FRANCE - AUG 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep black with no head. Nose is dark fruits and carsmel. Aromas are roasted malts, coffee, caramel, dark fruits, with whisky notes. Creamy texture, low carbonation. Long alcoholic and sweet-roasty finish.
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Swingracex (10) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great barleywine...and barleywines seem to meld to me...2009 release...too 10 easy