ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber most generously shared by GandGKevin. pours a dark, russet copper with thick, oily legs and a short lived, off-white head leaving a trace of lacing. aroma is absolutely fantastic, i was quoted saying "it’s like drinking bourbon out of a fresh cut coconut", with big toffee, dark fruits, light maple syrup, and oaked vanilla and a hint of spicy bourbon. flavor is is wonderful as well and follows the aroma perfectly with a beautiful juxtaposition of sweet, dark fruits, toffee, vanilla, and coconut cream pie with spicy bourbon, oak, and subtle, bitter, citrus hops. palate is sticky and full bodied with soft carbonation and well integrated booze making this one dangerously drinkable. overall, and awesome barleywine.
Earlier Rating: 2/14/2010 Total Score: 4.4
22oz bomber, 2008 vintage, poured by GandGKevin @ grape & gourmet’s 4th anniversary thanks to The Drunken Polack. pours a hazy, burgandy-brown, with a very thin, light beige head. aroma is amazing with huge notes of vanilla, bourbon, burnt brown sugar, toffee candy, and oak with unique notes of cocoa, honey, and dried fruits. flavor was wonderful as well with sweet vanilla, toffee, canned peach syrup, and rum-soaked raisins and dates, balanced by woody bourbon, pumpernickel malts and a hint of spicy hops. palate is definitely full bodied and slightly syrupy with a slight, boozy warmth. overall, one hell of a bourbon barrel aged barleywine and that’s saying something for a guy that loathes the swill that is evan williams.
TheBeerGod (5872) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - courtesy of GandGKevin. Pretty copper pour with a light tan head. Thick viscous legs coat the glass. Aroma is boozy with vanilla, oak, sweet caramel, fruit notes (raisins), vanilla, toasted malt and hints of coconut. Taste is big toasted coconut and toasted malt with chewy caramel, vanilla, boozy bourbon, oak, and dark fruit. Body is thick, oily and syrupy in spots with a light carbonation and a desirous warmth from the alcohol. Ends with more toasted malt, coconut, caramel, softer vanilla and dark fruit notes. Absolutely delicious!
Earlier Rating: 2/14/2010 Total Score: 4.2
Bottle courtesy of Kevin at Grape and Gourmet. Pours a slightly rusty brown. No head. Pretty, viscous legs running down the glass as it’s swished around. Smells of vanilla, caramel, bourbon, oak, and alcohol. Some light, spicy hops in there as well. Taste vanilla, big caramel notes, brown sugar, bourbon, wet oak and candy. Body is syrupy and resinous with a pleasant warming. There’s a soft alcohol burn as well. But it is welcomed in this case. Ends with more caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak, brown sugar and alcohol. Very nice especially on a cold, snowy day!
zizzybalubba (1753) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Generously shared at Grape & Gourmet’s 5th Anniversary from a 22 oz. bottle. Dark brown cola-like pour. The aroma is maple syrup, oak, and light chocolate with hints of vanilla, coconut, and figs. The flavor combines the notes detected in the aroma beautifully with sweet vanilla and bourbon on the forefront of the tongue and caramel and light citrus that linger to the back of the tongue. For a 13% ABV beer the alcohol is surprisingly well integrated. A stunningly good barley wine.
Earlier Rating: 2/13/2010 Total Score: 4.7
22 oz. bottle shared at Grape & Gourmet’s 4th Anniversary (thanks to GandGKevin). Brownish-orange pour as expected with virtually no head. Incredible vanilla, oak, and apricot aromas. Flavors include oak, peach, apricot, caramel, and vanilla. Some alcohol warming. This is an incredible barley wine that I must seek out.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber courtesy of Moejuck – thank Joe! Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. The nose is molasses, sweet bourbon, vanilla and brown sugar. The taste is bourbon, oaky vanilla, dark fruits and burnt caramel. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Awesome barleywine. 8/4/9/5/18
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured at pre-party at Freetail release. Great amber cognac color. Nose of caramel, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavor is fantastic, with layered notes of caramel, bourbon, vanilla, toffee and slight oak. Surprisingly easy to drink....fantastic.
daknole (10801) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Super dark pour. Nice creamy head. Aroma of leather, caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla, roasted marshmallows. Flavor is so rich, sweet, hop balance, lots of vanilla and toffee, great oak flavors, bourbon...man this is superb!
Earlier Rating: 3/16/2009 Total Score: 4.6
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. Cheese brought this via JMFG I think. Brown pour. Aroma is full of bourbon, liquor soaked raisins, madiera wine, caramel, molasses, prunes and vanilla. Flavor is sweet with caramel, bourbon, wood, vanilla and a good balance of hops. This is one bad ass beer.
Ratman197 (12692) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bomber 2009 poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, prune, fig and brown sugar. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, molasses and dark fruit with a smooth dry warming lingering bourbon finish.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 Mother of All Storms, pours a dark black, great hoppy and sweet caramel aroma, very sweet. Absolutely delicious.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 Bottle shared by Darren at Belmont
This was cracked open during a Barleywine tasting, and while amongst several other incredible beers, this one was my top for the night. About twice as dark as every other barleywine we opened before it, it poured a dark reddish brown with a small head. The aroma was sweet and malty and had a high amount of Bourbon. The flavor was more balanced than I expected, with lots of caramel, vanilla, and even some chocolate. All mixed together nicely with a perfect amount of bourbon. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Outstanding brew.
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle poured a cola brown in color with barely any head and an overall still look. aroma has light oxidation, caramel sweetness, toffee, bourbon, chocolate, tobacco,and alcohol. mouth feel is thick and sugary with very little carbonation. flavor brings in some chocolate, toffee, roasted peat, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, and a thick malted base. there is no hiding the alcohol in this beast and although the beer itself is quite nice it becomes almost overpowering.