edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2008
0.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Light brown body. Nose of Sherry cask. Oh dear God, this BW was TERRIBLE. Flavor is way wrong, rotten sherry cask and ick. I refuse to take another taste.
joshwoodward (572) - - MAR 29, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice! Not too boozy, a little sweet, a slight sour kick, really delicious.
SpongeRuiner (880) - Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark deep color with a minimal head. A lot of caramel in the nose. Dark fruits along with more caramel in the flavor. Some definite spice in the flavors. Very rich and creamy.
EtTuCthulhu (1285) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The color is a clear brownish red with a medium white head that fades quickly, and the aroma blends booze, toffee, wood and caramel malts. The taste is mildly sweet and a touch sour with a boozy yet sweet aftertaste, and the palate fuses an oily texture, medium body, and a flat carbonation.
thirdeye11 (5712) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) clear deep amber, soapy tan bubbles. Nose of caramel, cream, agave, light faded hops. Taste of caramel, gold raisin, toasty malt, light alcohol presence, nice.
superspak (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Light amount of booziness in the aromas, but not a bad thing. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light earthy oak/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark fruit flavors; with an awesome malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged wheatwine style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Mears (43) - - DEC 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good beer. I like the carmelization the best. Can really taste the raisins.
rlgk (12348) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at chriso Post-GBBF Tasting 2014, London. Clear golden/copper beer, almost no head. Fruity caramel aroma, woody, whisky, toffee notes. Fruity vanilla flavor, licorice, toffee, vinous, warming alcohol.
ChrisSc (369) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis.
2012 Vintage (aged 2 years).
Appearance: Dark ruby/copper in color. Somewhat transparent, though pretty dark. Small off white head ~3mm.
Aroma: The nose is not very strong, but you get a lof of the flavor when drinking the beer. Malty - Toffee, chocolate. Earthy and yeasty. Raisin. Rich and complex.
Taste: Medium sweetness upfront, then a wave of flavor with a long finish.
Palate: Rich heavy body. Thick, oily texture coats mouth. Soft carbonation. Long finish.
Overall: This beer is much more impressive after a couple years of aging. The nose is not strong, but the flavors are powerful, but balanced, when you drink it. The texture is rich. Really enjoyable.
EamonTheGreat (157) - USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A solid Barleywine style ale brewed with wheat. The taste is a little different from a traditional Barleywine. Not quite as sweet, but very smooth for such a high ABV. Slight caramelness, but all in all a good barley/wheat wine.
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hman43 (487) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours a dark brown with little head. It has a strong alcohol smell with caramel and some dark fruits. The taste has a strong caramel and bourbon characteristic with fruit flavors evident. It is extremely strong, but good.