Sledutah (7021) - Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Dasilky1 at RBWG 2011, thanks
Appearance: Slightly hazy brown with a nice sized beige head and light lacing
Aroma: Dark fruits, bourbon and oak
Taste: Dark ripe fruit, sweet caramel, bourbon and vanilla
A nice easy drinker, the 13% is well hidden.
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours a rich dark caramel color with a nice head swirl.
smells of sweet bread and cereal malt, a roundness of bourbon and oak. some vanilla and darker fruit smells. caramel and toffee.
this is a goowy sticky bun with sticky toffee chunks and vanilla soaked prunes with a light bourbon glaze. This is a masterful balance of bourbon barrel and barleywine. no winner between them as it is a perfect marriage.
this beer is amazingly smooth and mellow. just rolls over the tongue so beautifully, silk. this is silk in the bottle.
I would have to say this is the best barleywine I have ever had.
thewolf (12079) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. [thank you after4ever]
Deep brown, light muddy texture. Small, fizzy film head that soon disappears. Aroma is powerful with lots of bourbon, vinious, roasted, light coffee, deep toasted caramel, lots of vanilla, oak and brown sugar. Super slick and oily palate with mild, prickly carbonation. Complex caramel flavour, lots of vanilla and bourbon, mild sweet chocolate, roasted malts and a good vinious backbone. A true sipper. Wonderful.
sebletitje (9270) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
couleur acajou, qcq bulles dorées,
Arôme est énorme sur le chocolat, malt ainsi que le bourbon allant vers un nez ayant pas mal de notes de butterscotch.
En bouche, le tout est la même expérience et je trouve là finalement un barley wine qui me laisse sans voix. Le tout est une expérience qui marrie superbement le tonneau ainsi que le bourbon donnant à la fois des notes de vanille, de chocolat qui est épais en bouche ainsi que de fines traces de noisettes. Le bourbon est réchauffant au palais tout en conservant une fine couche de chêne, de vanille.
nimbleprop (7485) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours a translucent ruby red with a little white head. Nose is vanilla, oak, coconut, malt, raisins. Flavor is raisiny, rum, caramel, coconut, vanilla, brown sugar, apples. Full bodied, sticky finish.
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 (6010) - 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 (1794) - 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.