notalush (4464) - 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 (3294) - 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 (5454) - 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!
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Richard’s Graduation Party (Western Springs, IL). Thanks, guys! Pours a rich deepish copper pour, good haze. Glowing copper edges with frothy tannish head. Aromas are toasty, bisccuity, a touch sweet. Some cocoa, vanilla, gentle oak. Some caramel, toast, and toffee. Some cocoa, gentle tannic feel, a bit more dry. Initial is medium bodied, a bit thicker, cocoa and roast, tannic a bit with good barrel. Thicker toffee, toast and carmelization as we enter the middle. Very well put together. Some toffee, backend is a bit tannic, some heat, and sweetness. Very nice.
PhillyCraft (2594) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours blackish amber with light head. Notes of super rich bourbon, plums, english malt, oak, banana bread, dark fruit and luxurious boozey richness throughout. Medium to full body. Light carb. Great!
DTM (748) - Winters, California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. This bottle was full of sweet malty goodness aka SMG. If you’re a fan of sweet full flavored beer then this ones for you. Hits the palate with Carmel and molasses just like a barley wine should. WOW!!
timfoolery (1070) - California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from some trade. Aroma and flavor of SMG..."sweet malty goodness." (Thanks for the drop DTM.) Really malty caramel and sweet flavor makes this taste like a caramel turtle fudge brownie...literally. I know most don't dig a sweet beer, but "I'm your huckleberry." Loved this beer!
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CampesinoTino (690) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber of 2012 Vintage. Dark reddish brown in appearance with a thin layer of beige head. The aroma is heavy on the bourbon and molasses in addition to some vanilla and dark fruits. The taste blends caramel, bourbon and black cherry upfront followed by notes of raisin, date and burnt sugar. Also a noticeable oaked alcohol characteristic present throughout each sip. Mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy with low carbonation and a final onslaught of bourbon and caramelized sugars in the finish. Rich and potent as you would expect with plenty of complex flavors to savor.
Bacterial (871) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy caramel Batman! Dark brown clear pour. Tan head. Awesome mouthfeel - tons of caramel. Very nice. Did I mention the caramel?
ClubGonzo (3229) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, from trade with MtGoat. Pours a deep red-hued brown body with a small, light beige head. Aroma is deep mellow velvety bourbon notes with deep malty caramel tones, hints of nuts, biscuits and toffee; all integrated smoothly in the back. Taste is smooth deep malty tones with well-balanced bourbon tones, soy, coconut and hints of toffee. Full, elegantely textured body with a well-fitting medium carbonation level. Absolutely lovely beverage.