OmegaX (1132) - Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve wanted to try this for a while. 2011 bottle. Nose is thick, strong malts, caramel, light bourbon, resinous and citrusy hops, red fruits. Nice stuff. Flavor is a nice balance of barrel notes, citrusy hops and fruity/malty notes. It reminded me of a better version of arrogant bastard. Very smooth palate.
MrFecesious (655) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2013 Bottle share. 2012. Clear ruby. Earthy, spice, vanilla, chocolate, raisin, molasses, more vanilla. Nice, dry finish. Great mask of abv.
GothGargoyle (834) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby brown with virtually no head. Aroma is chocolate, raisins, dates, malt. Slightly slick mouthfeel, sweet on the palate, slightly boozy finish. Taste is chocolate, prunes, dates, cocoa powder. Nice.
RobertDale (2601) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber at a bottle sharing. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, bourbon, fruit, and brown sugar. Taste is caramel, bourbon, dark fruit, brown sugar, wood, and a touch of hops. Very nice sipper.
48FanInCali (610) - California, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bomber. Pretty vigorous pour yielded a bit of head that vanished quickly. Nose of sweet caramel, toffee, booze and marshmallow. Tastes follows the nose with some produced heat still present. Yet another very good English BW
dmac (3525) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz 2010 bomber via trade. Poured a rather ugly mud bank dark brown with a smaller giant bubbly dark beige head. Aroma is great, sweet overall but natural and not over the top, notes of vanilla, sweet bourbon alcohol, syrupy, wood, maple. Body is on the full syrupy side with soft carbonation and medium heat. Overall perfect for this beer but the carbonation is nice for an aged barreled beer. Flavor is the best part of this beer. Notes of caramel, vanilla, wood,bourbon, touch of chocolate, torched marshmallow, alcohol, some raisin and fig, dough. Great beer.
Aniela (2230) - Skövde, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Clear brown beer with almost no head. Malty, chocolate and bourbon aroma. Malty, dark fruits, chocolate and vanilla flavour. Lovely beer :-)
notalush (4456) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber thanks to peteinSD - 2012 - thick dark ruby pour - minimal lace, but still a surprising amount of carbonation for the abv - the tannins, vanilla, and coconut character of the barrel is evident first in the nose, followed by some toffee, treacle, brown sugar, date, mild to moderate diacetyl (causing me to knock the nose score down one number) - slick mouthfeel, low carbonation -very sweet up front - fig paste, fruitcake, sponge pudding, toffee - some damp, bitter oakiness and spicy, peppery alcohol arrive late to cut the sweetness just a bit, but still cloying throughout - warming but not boozy whiskey finish, with lingering treacle sweetness, mild oxidation - obviously well-crafted, just soooo sweet - I consider finishing this bomber a testament to my manliness - but I am going to regret this in the morning.
czar (3253) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle share at BW - pre-hill farmstead 3rd anniversary. pours very dark brown with a beige head atop, some retention. loads of bourbon vanilla and coconut, cloying molasses, raisins, burnt caramel, earthy, licorice. soft carbonation, full body - sticky and sweet. not my type of BW.
Theydon_Bois (5279) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle thanks to Endo, split on train 500 between Portland and Seattle, 10.30 am BW breakfast - oh yeah ! 27/05/13.
Dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head that clears to the edge and lingers.
Nose is Christmas cake, dark toffee, brown sugars, dates, chocolate, woody notes, brown bread dough.
Taste comprises Xmas pudding, woody notes, toffee fudge, dates, prunes, sultanas, sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce, demerara sugars, all things sweet and good.
Full bodied, smooth on the palate, sweet finish but not overly so for a 13% monster, booze evident but as with the sweetness, this is well tempered.
This is a top draw barley wine!