Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with no head but some nice legs. Wow potent alcohol fumes wafting up from my snifter. Quite a large amount of brandy influence but not in a very positive way. Extremely fusel and raw. If I attempt to look past this a good amount of kettle caramelization and heavy malt emphasis is found. Many other typical flavour components found in the normal version of Old Stock which I love as well. Great base beer overshadowed by an over zealous amount of barrel aging that really does nothing to compliment or enhance it. Definately lay this down for at least a year to let the fusel character tone down a bit.
weihenweizen (1910) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Refrigerated 0.5 L brown 2011 vintage bottle corked and capped poured into a snifter. Opaque dark brown with very little beige head which dissipates quickly completely. Aroma is brandy, medium body, very low carbonation, and no lacing. Taste is molasses, whiskey, figs, oak, caramel, some vanilla, some maple and alcohol. Complex, but alcohol is not covered and pretty heavy. I prefer Bourbon County Barleywine.
cbfobes (2596) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle, 2011 vintage, pours a murky dark brown with an almost red tint to it and a thin light brown head, the aroma has a lot going on, quite a bit of dark fruit and malt mixed in with a strong amount of vanilla and brandy sweetness with quite a bit of the barrel coming through, the flavor has a nice dark fruit front end, not overly sweet but the brandy and some vanilla show in the finish as well, pretty big, good stuff.
phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle from Homer321 - thanks a ton for sending this, Sean! This is the vintage marked 2011 on the neck and label, but that the brewery released in 2013. Pours a cloudy amber color with a small off-white head. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, oak, toast, marshmallow, maple syrup, coconut, dried fruits (raisins, dried berries, figs, dates), and a slightly warming brandy throughout. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, malty, warming, not quite coating mouthfeel. It’s all of those things as well as beautifully rich without being cloying, abrasive, or hot. Incredibly well done. Exceeded my high expectations and is absolutely worthy of its place in the RateBeer top 50 (as of this rating).
DrSilverworm (7217) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle, big thanks to phaleslu for sharing. Amazing, huge aroma in the nose. Seeing a lot of maple syrup, pretty impressive amount of that, really interesting. Dark brown, red color. Kind of hazy. Minimal amount of off-white head. Really nice visible legs. Bigger body. Kind of slick, lighter carbonation. Light dry in the finish. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, not cloying at all. Moderate bitter. Hides the alcohol astonishingly well. Mild warmth, but nowhere near the burn or bite that you’d expect for the ABV. Wonderful, amazing stuff. Super-tasty aroma for a sweeter barleywine. Extremely satisfying to sip on. Very pleasant warmth on the end.
wedgie9 (2234) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on 12/25/14 from a corked and caged 500mL bottle purchased at Liquor Barn in Bowling Green. Pours nearly opaque dark cola brown with an average, fizzy brown head that disappears rather quickly. The nose is really developed, tons of vanilla brandy, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, cocoa, bitter chocolate, maple, and just a bit of soy sauce oxidation. The flavor is darker with molasses, cocoa, and a touch of milk chocolate up front, moving to tons of vanilla, maple, caramel, and then some of the bitter dark chocolate and touch of roast, and the lightest nutty hint showing the age much less than on the nose. The body is very full without being cloying, with light, just the right amount of carbonation, and a very long vanilla, maple, and caramel brandy finish. Glad to have this as my Christmas 2014 whale.
jhamp9 (1164) - Corinth, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown pour with a thin quickly fading tan head. Aroma is sticky dates, molasses, wood, and earth. Taste is sweet and boozy with strong date, molasses, and wood notes with some earthiness and light spice in the background. Full slick texture with a good deal of alcohol warmth.
Clownoisseur (284) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 vintage. Pours a copper-brown, dark golden hues minimal tan head that dissipates quickly into spotty lacing. Aromas are of wafting alcohol, dark fruits, oak, barley and sweet brandy. Taste is similar to the nose, though not as hot as expected. A nice dark fruit/molasses upfront, melding into nice notes of whole grain, vanilla, oak and then the brandy rounding it back out with a nice sweetness. Good stuff!
devman171 (1100) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Vertical tasting with 2014 old stock, 2012 ostuchi, 2011 Brandy, 2009 Bourbon. All pour similar murky brown with the BA versions being fairly low carb. Aroma is dark fruits, sweet brandy and grape, smooth booze and rich malts. solid!
Steve_0 (2901) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at my parentals with me my Dad. 2011 vintage. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head. Sweet Brandy, grapey, sweet caramel, sweet dates, doughy, lightly roasty, and figs in the aroma. Taste is extremely sweet, caramel, brown sugar, some figs, raisins, tangy, okay, lightly alcoholic, and earthy with a light burn on the backend. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink, though a touch on the sweet side for me.
alexsdad06 (6096) - Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle from a tasting (2011 vintage)from notes. Pours a dark reddish copper color with a small beige ring; not much carbonation. The aroma is about what I would have expected: rich caramel, brandy, vanilla, wood, some ripe fruits, and perhaps a touch of brown sugar. There was some booze, but I expected more. The flavor was much of the same: sweet caramel, vanilla, brandy, wood and ripe fruits. Again, the booze works with this. Medium-full to full bodied, smooth.