Gluepot (456) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2016 A rich, sumptuous BW with intense but well balanced tastes. The nose is pungent, featuring slightly burnt caramel and toffee, dark malt, booze and dark berries. The casking is very present, but supported by strong taste elements in the barleywine components. Significant American hops, raisins, apricots, caramel, toffee and a touch of sweet rum work well with the oak and the whiskey casking. The hops create a bite in the aftertaste that keep counterbalancing the booziness and richness of the other taste. elements. Superior. An appropriately dense and thick body and medium carbonation tie the bow on this special BW.
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line:
Conifer needles grow through vanilla and candied fruit in this woodsy Barrel-Aged Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam stays atop the misty dark red.
-Alcohol warmth is perceptible throughout.
-Resinous hop bitterness fits with the barrel character.
-Flavor profile is intense yet all components are well balanced.
-The texture is lush and warming. A refined mouthfeel.
fonini (37) - porto alegre, BRAZIL - AUG 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bela cerveja. bem maltada e encorpada. presente do amigo Martin. balanceada. otima.
AirForceHops (6302) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. 2013 vintage, been holding this for a special occasion, today is my 5th anniversary on Ratebeer.com so I think it’s time to crack this. I prefer my Barley Wines slightly oxidized, so I ready for this. Almost no head on a deep clear ruby color. Aroma is subtle in every aspect, dark fruit, deeper malt and whiskey.
Flavor has raisin, figs, light sugar with just a very slight oxidation note through the middle. The finish has the subtle whiskey barrel with lingering oak. The alcohol can’t be found but the warming sensation after the sip is here and gives a slow burn on the way down. The body seems to have thinned out or was never very full to begin with. Oily slick texture across the tongue. After drinking a whole snifter the oxidation notes started to wear on my palate. Should have opened this 9 or maybe 10 months ago. Still all in all a very nice Barley wine.
kkleu357 (634) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Did a vertical tasting. Started with a 2014 Bigfoot, then 2015 Bigfoot, then finished with this 2015 BA Bigfoot. Quite honestly, they basically all taste the same. Not really getting much more from the BA version, except I paid a lot more. Pretty much a sweet but very hoppy IPA that happens to have some oak and whiskey taste.
solidfunk (7706) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I remember the regular Big Foot tasting a little better. This one has big caramel, booze, some citrus. Well barrelled. Brown pour, some head. Bottle from Dupont Circle store.
Westchesterco (1827) - mclean, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22 oz bottle at the WWWW RB tasting.it is clear amber color with a slight head; the aroma is caramel
And the taste is a strong bourbon flavor with oak and vanilla that resonates on the palate
Iphonephan (6263) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz bottle at the WWWW RB tasting. Pours a clear cola with an ecru head. Aroma of caramel. Flavors of caramel, oak and vanilla, Tasty.
Travlr (21679) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear bright amber color. Aroma of lightly spiced butterscotch. Taste is rich fruity vanilla and burnt caramel. Very tasty.
GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - AUG 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at The Tap Room in Minot -- I was extremely surprised to see this on tap, so of course I ordered one ... well, two. Nose is definitely whisky and the flavor is definitely a bright-ish BW with some bitterness and young BW flavors. The whisky and barrel are present throughout. A very nice beer. I’m going to have to go back for more soon.