andrewturba (456) - Alberta, - FEB 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy copper colour with not head after a minute or so. Aroma is majorly bourbon, some sweet toffee, and some fruity notes on the end. Flavours are bourbon up front and on the finish, in the middle is a sweet toffee followed by a warming alcohol. Pretty smooth for 19.1 abv!
mcberko (4053) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375mL bottle, pours a cloudy caramel colour with a small beige head. Aroma of candied sugar, caramel malts, bourbon barrels, and a lot of sweetness -- very sweet and boozy. Flavour is exceedingly sweet and fairly boozy, with caramel, candied sugar, and subdued presence of the bourbon barrels. It is very sweet, but somehow it’s not cloying. The ABV is certainly prevalent, but still well enough worked in. Good stuff, but I much prefer the Big Worse versions.
a_cross (320) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden brown, minimal head; stewed candy fruit aroma, like an especially boozy Christmas pudding; tasted of stewed orange, candy peel, marmalade, spices; bourbon there but not too harsh (unlike most similar beers that I’ve had); peaty, salty; long sticky finish; top, top complex stuff - I’m a sucker for savouring these thick heavy beers over the course of a few hours; as a lightweight one-beer-a-night man I was in a state come the end and contrived to knock over the last fifth or so; at £18 a bottle (the beer’s big negative), I’d have cried if the beer hadn’t already made me so happy.
spacecube (339) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I found a bottle of this back home after my first trip to Denmark and the Mikkeller bar got me into this craft beer malarkey. This is a heavy monster with lots of whisky, alcohol & caramel sweetness. Had to try it, not the most enjoyable beer I ever had, however, the after effects were excellent and it was certainly a memorable one.
Reimer96 (589) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy orangish brown with a small off white ring. Aroma of bourbon, wood, sweet candied toffee, booze and a hint of sweet dried fruit. Taste is a little bit of sweet toffee, dried fruits and then a huge kick of booze like sipping on bourbon. Booze is overwhelming but the beer is still drinkable it just sticks around too long and isn’t as smooth as I expected.
HenrikSoegaard (9126) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Frothy white fair mostly deminishing head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Very vinius ofcourse. Heavý bitter and light sweet flavor. Long intense moderate bitter fniish. Not that alcoholic. Creamy palate. Ok experience.
saxo (11216) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich fruits, caramel, candy sugar and quite a bit of alcohol. Warming and sweet.
jackl (2570) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ THE Barley Wine Tasting. Cheers to Leighton (I think) for bringing this to share. The pour’s deep orange brown with a small white head. The nose is peaches, spicy cinnamon, cocoa and runny toffee. The taste is big jammy berry, some hot mulled cider, toffee and more spice. Lightly woody finish. This didn’t take on the heavy bourbon flavors as much as some of the other barley wines we tried. Unique. Pretty good.
fletchfighters (817) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A-- Poured and settled a clear orange amber color. Thin layer of white film that lingers after starting off as a thick layer of foam. On swirling get some spotty lacing and very thick ABV legs. Does not look 19% besides the legs.
S-- Soft oak, notes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and stewed dark fruits. ABV comes in waves and gives more of a cognac presence as the bourbon is quite restrained. Fruits starting to dominate this.
T-- Sweet and sticky at first. Mostly dark stewed fruits and brown sugar and caramel. Then ABV and bourbon with vanilla notes. Not as much of the wood as I thought there would be.
M-- Really picks up as a barleywine in the mouth. Quite sweet and sticky. Strawberry being most dominant fruit. Waves of the ABV and heat do arrive in the mouth. Oak makes an appearance in the back of the mouth in a big way. goes from watery bourbon to full force bourbon and alcohol and then backs off to a barleywine with a sticky sweet vanilla, caramel, and fruit finish. Still very boozy.
O-- A sipper and total nightcap on a cold night. Good BA treatment as it really shows off the base beer well and brings in the added dimensions of the barrel. Probably near peak. Nice beer.
womencantsail (6896) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - AUG 9, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
The pour is a dark orange/amber color with a small head. Only a mild bourbon aroma with some maple syrup, brown sugar, and a hint of fruit. Definite heat and booziness, which is a bit harsh. The flavor has some malty sweetness of caramel and toffee, but the beer is just overwhelmed by the intense alcohol flavor and heat on the tongue. At least the naming is correct and worst is not as good as worse.