pdx77 (1029) - Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Pelican Brewing Company, vertical flight of 2011 to 2013. Deep chocolate brown color, darker as they age. Aroma is bourbon, raisin, oak, vanilla; more boozy in 2013, more molasses in 2011. Taste is candi sugar, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, caramel. Sweetest in 2012, more viscous molasses in 2011. All very boozy, with most dark syrup in 2011.
pdx76 (509) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 on draught at pelican. Pours dark amber with medium thick tan head. Nose of molasses, booze, and caramel. Taste is of dark molasses, malt, syrup, and an overall warming boozy finish.
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DrewFace (484) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. Big grainy, oaty, chocolate, light roast aroma. Big malty flavor, dark fruits, plum, some light grainy character to balance. Overall just delicious.
Prufrockstar (693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Bigwood, from notes. dark pour, no head, opaque. Aroma: dark fruit - plum, steeping grains, toffee, chocolate. Very nice. Vanilla and all. Taste: damn. Sweet, rich, plum goodness. Nice! Rich thick sexy dark fruits; anise/licorice/red vines. Minor bitterness. Palate: full body, slick texture, really nice long aftertaste. Overall: this is legit. Damned good.
harrymel (1450) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2014 vintage 2013
Cola brown with a rim caramel of foam. Otherwise there’s a cool central circle that then dissipates into four circles, giving it a major freeway intersection look. Smells like bubble gum up front, some vanilla, oak, bourbon. Nice nose, a little on the artificial side. Flavor is malts, alcohol, sweet candi sugar, some cherry. Medium bodied with low carb and a dry finish. This is a good beer, but not worth over $1/oz.
10/3/9/4/19 - 4.5
Vintage 2011 - Thanks Jamie!
Pours a cherry leather with a rim of dark tan foam. Smells nougat, bourbon, raisins, chocolate and chewy caramel. Aromas of cake and sugar - a sincerely exquisite nose. Mmmm, cherry, tawny, sweet vanilla cake, rich mousse and caramels. Goddam, this is a good beer. Full bodied for the style with just a hare more carb than I prefer with a good, sticky and chewy finish. This is a truly excellent beer. I think I prefer this to KH, which is a great beer.
Serving type: bottle
Nocturne (632) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle. Dark brown/ruby shade with ring of tan foam. Aroma is heavy on dark, sticky fruits, adding wisps of chocolate, smoke and a lighter-than-expected bourbon presence. Taste is brimming with sticky toffee and barrel influence. Hint of anise spiciness in the finish. Thick mouthfeel with no real trace of heat. I think I’ve had more complex barleywines, but few as delicious and easy to drink. A superb example.
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood 2013. Honestly? This smells like a fruit roll-up. Artificial cherry, and it tastes like a sweet, young barley wine. Not bad, but this was definitely not my favorite.
RichTheVillan (2132) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from International Trade; deep ruby red pour with bubbly tan head, bourbon aroma, big bourbon taste, very sweet, a hint of hop bitterness, some caramel, big ABV present.
wheresyourball (446) - El Cajon, California, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber of 2012 Vintage, shared. Pours reddish brown with beige head. Nose is bourbon, molasses, vanilla. Flavor is dark fruit, caramel, bourbon, raisin, brown sugar, peet. Syrupy mouthfeel. Very rich, reminded me some of Backwoods Bastard.
Smurf2055 (1303) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black, finger tan head.
Smell huge bourbon whisky, oak and vanilla.
Taste smooth coco, huge oak, strong boozy aftertaste.
Mid to full body.