hackobock (2102) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
March 17, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2013. Received in a trade with Countbeer, thanks Kamiel!
Hazy reddish brown with a minimal white head. Aroma is figs, raisins, dark sugars, bourbon, caramel. Taste is sweet with dried fruits, dark sugars, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol. Finish is very light bitter and dominated by sweet dried fruits, vanilla, bourbon, oak and caramel. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation.
DSG (8175) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[2/15/15] Draught at Toronado in San Francisco. Reddish brown with a beige head. Nice aroma of malt, dark fruits, caramel, hops, a bit of cookies and a bit of alcohol. Sweet flavor with malt, caramel, some cookies, fruitiness, a chocolate note, some hops and a mild to moderate boozy finish. Full-bodied. A good one.
cmonster (997) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle served in a snifter. 2013 vintage. 13.4%, 20 IBUs. Pours dark brown with a short tan head that settles to a light film. Nose is sweet and malty with vanilla, nut, toffee, and melted caramel accents. Not overpowering considering the ABV. Medium-plus sweet attack followed by a snappy bitterness. Full body, ultra-creamy texture, minimal carbonation, and a long, bitter, warming finish. Seems to have more in the neighborhood of 50 IBU’s.
Theydon_Bois (12090) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Commons, big thanks to Jason IIRC, 09/11/14.
Chestnut brown with a beige covering.
Nose is dark fruit peel, toffee, spice, woody notes.
Taste comprises rich dark fruits, cake mix, spice, brown sugar, sweet licks, sticky toffee pudding, subtle bourbon notes.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming alcohol.
Decent barley wine, perhaps a notch or two less than expected for me, but solid sipping juice and drinks below the ABV.
superspak (3221) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2015 3000th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter; 2014 vintage, bottled in late 2013. Pours hazy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a small spotty lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, oak, leather, light chocolate, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/toasted malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Light-moderate booziness as it warms, but not too bad. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, toast, coconut, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, bourbon, oak, vanilla, leather, light chocolate, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, caramel, butterscotch, molasses, toffee, toast, coconut, vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, leather, light chocolate, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/yeast/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, fairly slick, and slightly syrupy/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light-moderate warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged English barelywine style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors; and smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
mikem409 (1782) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown color with solid white head. Thick toasted toffee and woody aroma. Taste boozy lots of caramel with a slight bitter hop.
tectactoe (3081) - Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: 2007 vintage. Thanks, Ed. Was a little over 5 years old at the time of opening. Dark mahogany color with a brash haziness. A thin, light-tan layer of foam evades the top & quickly forms a tiny ring. Good to see any sign of carbonation at all, really. Aroma loaded with oak, bourbon, sweet plums, black cherries, light maple syrup, brown sugar, & molasses. Very sweet, very complex. Malty dimepiece. No signs of oxidation in the aroma OR in the flavor. Thick, muddled, heavy body. Very strong sweetness, albeit controlled & refined. Dark brown sugar, molasses, maple, anise, plums, dates, red grapes, black cherries, buttery toffee, light vanilla, &a robust helping of alcohol. Finished & lingers with candied dark fruits, sticky caramel, & oak. Warming, but not hot. Sweet, but not cloying. Delicious & woody. Great barley wine.
Bottle: 2011 vintage thanks to Mike. A little over 3 years old. A lovely barley wine all around, as expected. A little more carbonation & actually a slightly thinner mouth feel than I remember. Heavier bourbon flavor, lots of anise & bourbon with a large oak & toffee presence. Heavy dark fruits, as usual, too. Prefer the older vintage but this was still great.
Bottle: 2013 vintage, thanks to Steve. Somewhere between 1 to 2 years old. Much smoother than expected. Boozy, sure, but not abrasive at all. Super sticky sweet, probably the heaviest with butter toffee, caramel, & brown sugar. Lovely oak finish. Once again, great stuff.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 2008 vintage. Pours a deep, deep cooper color with a slight ringed tan head. Caramel notes abound. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Caramel and butterscotch flavors with a hint of bitterness in the back end. warms very nicel.
Errl (1944) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle..Pour is golden with a faded head..Nose is spice, sweet, bourbon, sweet..Taste is spice, sweetness, bourbon, sticky, caramel. .
GothGargoyle (1598) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium brown with a pale head. Aroma is raisins, brown sugar, dates, maple. Full bodied, slightly sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate, lightly boozy finish. Taste is brown sugar, raisins, caramel, dates.