Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a syrupy dark brown with a small ring of head and nice legs up the glass. Aroma of dark dried fruits, raisins, burnt sugar, wood, vanilla and a touxh of alcohol. Taste is sweet syrupy malts following the flavors of burnt sugar, caramelized brown sugar, raisins, dates, dark dried fruits, vanilla... Incredibly complex flavors with the whiskey barrels of vanilla and light notes of oak and whiskey with a smooth alcohol warming on the finish... Great winter warmer.
sudomorph (1079) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2015 2013 bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy ruby/caramel with a thin, off white head. Aroma is a sweet, smooth bourbon, barrel, caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of spirtness. Taste is sweeter but balanced with caramel, bourbon barrel, dark fruits, slight spice and some hope bitterness at the end. Medium-full body with a low-medium carbonation. Oily texture with a bone dry finish. Overall a nicely aged American style Barley Wine with caramel, dark fruits, bourbon barrel, and a touch of hope bitterness at the end.
MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tried at Craft Beer Market YEG. Sierra Nevada tap takeover Nov 18. The best barley wine I have tasted. Has a nice hoppy, boozy, wine flavour. The barrell aging adds a ton of complexity. Normally not a BW fan but this is drinkable. Would get again.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium sized head off white colour a reddish pour medium carbonation aromas nice bourbon notes oak vanilla woody rich fruits burnt caramel dark chocolate dried fruit molasses toffee the flavours dark chocolate sultanas raisins vanilla smooth bourbon roast oak caramel brown sugar toffee liquorice rich coconut a nut taste sugary sweet tastes roasted goodness medium bitter the finish good malts roast burnt rich hops lasting barrelling notes bourbon good oak bitter lovely Barley Wine
Atom (2138) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle pours a murky amber/brown with a large khaki head. Caramel and toffee aroma, with vanilla and oak. Nice full flavor yet approachable bourbon vanilla and oak flavors, with caramel and toffee malts, raisins, steady bitterness, and light hop spice. It’s complexity lies in its straight forward simplicity, the individual favors remain simple with a complex balance. Really nice!
JK (5664) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2015. Dark copper color. extremely sweet, tons of malt and brown sugar. A little whiskey, but I’m not sure what kind, and it doesn’t hurt the beer at all. Extremely sweet to the point I can’t imagine drinking a full glass, and certainly not a 750. good flavor anyway, and intense beer for sharing.
abcfan (913) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep hazy brown with an eggshell head. Aroma is full of vanilla and notes of bourbon. Full bodied, finishes sweet and malty.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2015
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
[ Bottle ][ 1oz ][ @tasting ][ $0 ][ Shot glass ][ 08.15.15 ]
hazy amber, thin cream ring. Heavy heat in nose, light wood, heavy booze. Oxidized malt, light chocolate and gum, heavy bitterness through the end. Total diabetes tooth decay
njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at hopcat, Aroma is vanilla, sweet fruits, and bourbon. Taste is fairly boozy and it finishes with a ton of heat. Flavors of bourbon, sweet fruits and oak get overpowered by the booze, good... just wish it was less boozy
fletchfighters (1399) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark toffee amber color. Dark leather head. Sticky lacing and a lot of AVB legs.
Nose is a lot of barrel, even for about 2 years old now. Lots of whisky and oak. Underneath is figs, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Still a lot of booze in the nose.
Taste is whisky up front and then dark fruits, brown sugar, and figs.
Big, slow sipper. A tad bit still too hot but quite good.