Lothore (556) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A- Pours a muddy dark brown hue with little to no head.
S- Hints of fig, plum, raisin, brown sugar, and light hints of alcohol.
T- Light citrus notes (orange and tangerine), pine, deep fig and brown sugar notes that have a sharp start, full middle and very dry finish.
M- Thick with medium carbonation.
D- This is a great barleywine to sip on on a cold day.
OldMrCrow (1965) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle sampled Dec 19, 2014.
Bottle. After reading Prufrockís gloriously crunk review of Anchorage Deal with the Devil (Iíve been there -- I love that feeling too!) I had to bust out my own 100/99 barrel aged Alaskan barleywine. Iím very glad I did. At one year of age this has to be peaking. Iím sure it needed a year, but it also clearly will not improve from here.
Pours a rich viscous sienna into my snifter with a small and ephemeral head. The nose: tons of vanilla and barleywine sweetness. Age on the hops, but only slight to hit that sweet spot between bitter bite and aged hop cheese. The bourbon is all vanilla and no booze. How do they do that? The flavor is warm and sweet, hops aged just right and bringing their bitterness only way after the finish and even then still dancing with the sugars. And all of that lovely vanilla oak. The palate is ridiculously smooth, basically zero heat. If it wasnít thick like a perfect ristretto Iíd think it was closer to 8% than 13+. Even so Iíd have called it at 10 or 11. This is pretty much a perfect BA barleywine.
If I wanted to complain, Iíd have two avenues. The first is that Iím bored of high alcohol beers. But thatís a case of "Itís not you, itís me." The other much more damning complaint is that it doesnít have itís own unique character. Itís beautiful exactly the way that an average or composite of many womensí faces is beautiful ( highbrow link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2435688/ ). But yeah, you know youíd hit any of those --- so itís pretty thin grounds on which to complain.
tl;dr summary. Perfect BA barleywine. Yawn.
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a deep dark cloudy brown color ale with a small dark brown foamy head with light retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of toffee, residual brown sugar and caramelized malt is pretty awesome. Taste is also dominated by toffee with some brown sugar notes and caramelized malt. All rough edges have been rounded by the bourbon notes with light vanilla notes also noticeable. Body is full with limited filtration and a good amount of carbonation. This beer has so many layers of complexity while retaining such a good amount of drinkability. Really amazing beer that I wish I could try on a regular basis.
markextrae (1324) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to jeff, shared with a friend. no notice of the vintage year, but iím pretty sure it was a 2013 bottle... poured a murky light amber colour with a nice white head. toffee, caramel, lotís of fruits in the nose, like plums, figs, rainsins, vanilla, got that sticky butter aroma, toasted malts, maybe some of a red fruit, there is a bourbon barrel notice, but not in a big amount that i would like in my barley wine. bit of a disappointment for such a high ranked beer. take some of the BA emelisse barley wines from the netherlands, it blews this one away in no time.
AirForceHops (3531) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle gifted by AJax, thanks bud! 2013 vintage. Murky, dirty River water color without any type of head or retention. Aroma is oak, mild bourbon, sugar dipped raisins, caramel candy and vanilla.
The flavor has subtle bourbon with a moderate amount of oak. Sweet without being cloying. Warmth after the sip without the presence of alcohol taste. Syrupy sticky sweet texture in a fuller then medium in body. Pretty nice BBA barley wine.
anders37 (17658) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle vintage 2011; thanks Bruce! Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel woody aroma. Slightlyssweetish malty spicy caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit and caramel finish with woody hints.
Countbeer (4755) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Thanks jdb288: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Hazy amber brown with a small creamy head.
Aromas of bourbon, caramel, raisin, cream, light liquor, some molasses, hints of butter and vanilla.
Flavours of bourbon, vanilla, malts, caramel, cream, bitters, light alcohol burn, wood, light molasses, some prunes and some raisin. Delicious!
Aftertaste malty, light bourbon and earthy tones, ending of cream, some caramel and wood.
Low carbo, oily silky mouthfeel, almost full bodied and a sticky texture.
Great aroma, good taste. Very fine beer!
Beardaxe (267) - - NOV 7, 2014
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle into scotch glass. Thin lingering head. Mouthfeel not as oily as others have described. Lively carb. Flavor is prototypical barley wine with intense butterscotch flavor that shapes the whole thing. bourbon barrel is smoothly integrated. Very smooth for the ABV. Well done
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with the epic. Aroma of toffee, bourbon, malt, and caramel. Pours barleywine orange/brown and clear with nice carbonation and a small foamy head. Taste follows suit with vanilla, caramel, toffee, sweet chocolate, oak and bourbon. Mouthfeel is sweet without being too sticky intense. Just flawlessly executed. Immediately procured two more bottles.
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"2010 bourbon barrel aged...boozy and complex. loads of vanilla from the barrels, dark malts, and bourbon in the aroma and flavor. slight hop presence barely noticed. delicious brew, if a bit overpriced at 17.99."
Dr_Fellini (552) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a medium to deep brown color with a creamy tan head. Aroma is malty, boozy, vanilla, molasses. Flavor is bourbon, malt, booze, molasses. Medium body, thick oily mouthfeel. Phenomenal barleywine. Love the bourbon character.