gkost (1599) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#900 ... thanks tpd975! Pours deep red/brown. Nose is ridiculous toffee, plum, fig and ripe cherries, booze, wood molasses, leather and vanilla. Flavor is full of sweet dark fruits, warming alcohol, musty leather, tobacco, roasty grain, mild smoke, bourbon, fresh wood, an cocoa. Full bodied, rich flavors, oily, complex. What a gem.
JW77 (22) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to tpd975 for this one. It pours dark brown, almost no head. Smells of caramal, sugars, and wood. Tastes of bourbon, with malt, dark fruits and cherries, light caramel, and some booze. Glad to have tried this one.
sebletitje (5420) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
courtesy of tpd975
pours dark brown, no head.
aroma, lots of caramel malts, hints of smoke/tobacco leaves. nice wood/bourbon presence possibly adding to the smoke effect.
flavor, malty, dark fruits; mostly currants and dark cherries, light caramel, finish keeps a mild fruit tartness meshed with a nice boozy bourbon mouthfeel and sweetness of vanilla.
Really wish there was more of it to share.
jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@Tampa Wkly Gathering @tpd975s Thanks Greg-22oz bottle-pours a disappearing tan head with dark brown color. Aroma is medium/dark malt-molasses, dark fruit. Taste is medium/dark malt-molasses, dark fruit, some hops. Minimal carbonation. Smooth.
daknole (7205) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tpd975 you are the man!!!! Dark brown. Tons of caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, raisins, molasses, prunes and booze. Flavor is so smooth and sweet. Lots if raisins, vanilla, toffee and a great warming from the alcohol. What a treat for my 3000th rating!!!
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2009
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, courtesy tpd75. Pours a very dark brown, red highlights, with fuzzy lacing and a bubbly head. Nose is big on caramel, wood, sherry, licorice, dry vanilla. Pretty routine barley wine nose, but the flavor kicks it up quite a bit. Huge, very smooth malts, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, lots of fine alcoholic, but smooth, malty notes. Sooooo good, extremely complex; each sip presented new flavors and elements not noticed in the previous one. I really liked this one, would love to have more, but I doubt I’ll ever get another shot. Thanks Greg!
Ibrew2or3 (5777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2012 Barleywine Rating #200!
Pours a striking mahogany with thin tan head. The aroma is caramel covered graham cracker and black strap molasses as well as musty aged figs, dates and plums. It smells of smooth yum and is very inviting. The taste is smooth rich creamy goodness with aged minced raisins fully populating a thick slice of pumpernickel and then moving into sweet black strap molasses, creamy caramel and then rich smooth blended notes of prunes, figs and dates. It evens out into the finish a bit with soft notes of chocolate and burnt molasses. This tastes fantastic and doesn’t overwhelm with syrupiness by ending with a high degree of drinkabilty. In fact, I can see myself drinking a little of this every night.
presario (4406) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pre-GABF. Big intoxicating alcohol nose. Still black beer. Aroma of soy and black midnight. Flavour of soy, thick taste, sweet delicious!!
BeerandBlues2 (7421) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample from a bottle at Logan’s pre-GABF party 2009. Pours black with an average, frothy, light brown head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, toffee, nutty), light hop (herbs), average yeast (leather) with notes of raisin, date, port, and brown sugar. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and an astringent finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Consumed August 29, 2009. To date this has to be the most amazing beer I have ever had. The hype surrounding this beer is not what even made it, the beer is actually ridiculously good and so original and complex. Dark rich brown color with no head. Pours so thick and rich and just looks smooth. Aroma has chocolate, cream, molasses, cake and some rich dark candied fruit. Flavor is really complex. Rich dark chocolate and sundae syrup. Some alcohol warms you right up but isn’t overpowering at all. Some fruit jam and lots of sweetness finish this off. Awesome!