pineypower (2734) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared at CDC release. Pours out a nice darker copper color with a small white head. Aroma is of light caramel, dried fruits, oak, whiskey and light burning alcohol. Taste is caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak and a little heat from the alcohol on the finish. Nice
Ratman197 (11234) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by chadcsu(thanks Chad) poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, light carmel and light brown sugar. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak,vanilla, toffee and light carmel with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle served in a tulip. Pour is cloudy mahogany with two fingers of kaki head that had decent retention and a slight show of lacing. Nose is bourbon, oak, figs, molasses, caramel, booze, bubble gum, and hops. Taste is an immediate blast of bourbon/oak/figs/molasses done to the tune of decadence. This is quickly met with an odd bubble gum and hop pallet, that contradicts the original pallet with quite a ferocity. The finish is a choppy watered marriage with different aspects sticking out at different times, depending on how the tide swelled. This is truly and amazing barley wine, one I place in the top 3 (Gratitude and barrel aged Old Toad) that I could only accurately place if I did a side by side of the three. Truly amazing!
phaleslu (7536) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from michael-pollack- thanks again, Pollack! Tried alongside a Black Betty and Melange a Trois. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small beige head. Aroma shows that yes, this was in whiskey barrels- big huff of whiskey, oak, vanilla, caramel, plums, and dates. Flavor somehow brings even more whiskey with a little warmth this time, along with vanilla, caramel, oak, dates, and some brown sugar. Medium-bodied, with a warming mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Wow, if you like whiskey you’ll like this. If not, stay away.
Drake (10501) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle shared by GT2 at the 5/7/11 DC Ratebeer gathering. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized creamy offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, berries and minty, citrus hop notes along with some whisky. The taste is toffee, berries, more berries, whisky and booze. Medium bodied.
Ibrew2or3 (7461) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of markwise. Pours out copper with tan head. The aroma is pure whiskey with thin veins of vanilla and oak. I guess there’s beer in here somewhere too. Hmm. Don’t smell any beer. OK. The taste is all barrel booze, just like the nose, with straight up fortified whiskey, some vanilla and modest levels of oak. They did put beer in the barrel, right?
jcwattsrugger (11557) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 bottle-pours a tan head with bubbles and trailing lace and dark amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, peach/mango, secondary spice hops, wood/grain. Taste is whiskey, sweet medium malt-caramel/brown sugar, , peach/mango, secondary spice hops, wood/grain, alcohol.
adnielsen (10070) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ Dan’s house. Dark red violet appearance with a reddish white head. Moderate whiskey, red fruity, malty, slightly boozy nose. Somewhat boozy, moderate whiskey, well carbonated, quite malty flavor with hints of red fruits. Pretty flavorful but I find it a little strong and boozy.
TheEpeeist (3540) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. The last in the line-up (actually finished with a 09 Dark Lord) for my 5th consecutive Father’s Day/US Open barleywine tasting with my friend Dan, joined for the first time by my two daughters and the boyfriend. Cloudy brown with beige bubbles. Nose is caramel, vanilla and whiskey. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is candi and whiskey. Finishes with slightly burnt sugar and grass. Pretty simple for a barrel aged brew.
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Farewell to ibrew2or3… Pours clear and dark amber with a small, off-white head. The bouquet delivers raw oak, caramel, toffee and a nuance of fuzzy fruit. Medium to full-bodied with a sticky, fatty mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor is thin, but well-bittered and certainly high octane with lots of whiskey flavor. Boozy, watery finish. Bottle courtesy of markwise!