Prufrockstar (621) - 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 (1434) - 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 (603) - 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 (1297) - 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 (1904) - 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 (409) - 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 (1245) - 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.
beernovice39 (3075) - Montana, USA - OCT 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
#3000. 2012 bottle. Deep dark brown with a tan top. Scent is caramel, wood and booze. Taste is caramel, vanilla, toast and sweet chocolate. Sticky. Good stuff!
Lukaduke (1661) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 5, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Something isn’t right here... 2012 vintage. Pours a copper color with a finger of eggshell foam. Rich burnt toffee, caramel and a touch of boozy fig notes. The palate was all wrong... weird, thin, slightly fishy with traces of black tea and burnt marshmallow. Not sure whats going on here but it was poured into the campfire at the end of the night. Hmmm ?
Homer321 (881) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours with a light brown with garnet highlights. minimal head that dissipates quickly nose full of vanilla and malt sweetness/sugar, some dried cherries. Taste is similar with a thick, viscous mouthfeel. some warming on the back end, slightly hot/fusely. Besides, the noticeable alcohol, a great beer. I don’t remember it being this "hot" in years past.