rxeight (785) - Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red, brownish pour but still transparent. Very sweet, very smooth, not very heavy on the bourbon.
tderoeck (3584) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
10/VIII/13 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBSG II, my place - BB: n/a (2013-743) Thanks to ThirstyBird for sharing the bottle!
Clear red to red brown beer, no noticeable head. Aroma: lots of caramel, mocha, sugary, dried fruits, alcohol, honey, maple syrup. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: lots and lots of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, sugary, sweet mocha. Aftertaste: sweet caramel, bit sugary, vanilla, mocha, alcohol, pretty sweet finish. Very complex and mighty beer, love it!
Westmeister (1299) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle shared. Pours cloudy brown with minimal head. Aroma is sweet boozy malts with some creamy bourbon. I will say at room temp this beer was significantly better than cold. The flavors developed nicely with sweet caramel malts, vanillay bourbon, sweet molasses. Quite nice,but not quite up to the 4 range for me. I have another 2011 sitting down in the cellar and wondering if it is on the way down....
johnnnniee (1820) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 Vintage courtesy of MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of ruby highlights when held to light and a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly to a ring on top. Huge brown sugary caramel malty aroma with lots of deep dark fruits and bits of vanilla. coconut and wood. Sweet sugary malt flavor with a solid hit of alcohol. Dark fruits caramel prunes wood and vanilla are all there in the flavor. Hints of bourbon oak and oak tannin round out the flavor. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. I’ve had this before and remember enjoying it a bit more. Its a nice barleywine, but I feel the alcohol is a bit too present and may need a bit of time to mellow out.
Ataraxia (233) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage. Deep amber brown, almost opaque, thin beige lacing. Raisins, caramel, toffee apple, figs, bourbon, and damp wood. Sticky, sweet, and boozy with a light bitterness in the finish. Lively carbonation, full-bodied, and still retains a very strong bourbon barrel character.
RaucusBacchus (60) - Sandy, Utah, USA - AUG 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber: I've been holding onto this gem for 6 months. Fantastic aroma. Pitch black with skiff of fine bubbles lining the perimeter. Rich aroma like raisin rum cake. Sweet forward with hints of plum, molasses & toffee. Lovely, luxurious desert!. ~m
tdf201 (1) - Lebanon, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best beer I have had yet. Was given to me and shared as a birthday gift for my 36th birthday.
77ships (3014) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Courtesy of ThirstyBird. Thx! 65 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBSG II. 2010 Vintage. Pours bright raspberry red amber with no head ~ very interesting colour. Sweet bourbon caramel nose, very sweet, pure caramel, brown sugar, molasses goo with wood vanilla and sticky maple syrup. Taste is sweet bourbon, molasses, maple, very sweet brown sugar, bourbon vanilla wood goo, light booze, sticky, slight bitter herbs in the back. Very caramelized. Light dark fruits syrup. Sticky molasses body, not a lot of carbonation. Very nice & very satisfactory.
Benzai (5731) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from bottle @ RBBSG II. Clear dark red color like a barleywine should be, small beige head. Smell malts, bourbon. Taste malts, bourbon, strong alcohol, slightly vanilla. Incredibly nice. Superb beer, heavy but good. Damn.
Chipalsa (1263) - Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is my kind of barley wine right here. The pour was a deep reddish-brown with an off-white frothy lil’ fuggin head. Aromas were full of toffee, cherries, bourbon and wet oak - and the taste followed as well. Undertones of caramelized raisins, berries and subtle oak really come together nicely. Thanks for the share, OmegaX.