deyholla (7458) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at SPSBF. Pours near black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has some dark grains with caramel and bitter chocolate backed by some whiskey. Flavor is similar with dark grains and a bit of roast that is joined by bitter chocolate and caramel with a hint of sweetness from the barrel.
BVery (7370) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bomber. Very dark pour. Awesome aroma of whiskey, cocoa, and dark fruit. Full flavored and full palate. Awesome.
alexsdad06 (6413) - Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from Brandon. Pours a very dark brown/black color with a medium sized light tan head. The aroma has sweet caramel malts, cherry, vanilla, roast, chocolate, wood and some spicy whiskey notes. The flavor has a moderate level of sweetness, caramel, chocolate, cherry, vanilla, whiskey, wood; actually very stout like in its flavor. So smooth and the alcohol only serves to warm. This was a big surprise in a good way.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle for rating #4400:   Black pour, thin light beige head, decent lacing.   Assertive whiskey nose, graham cracker, vanilla, toffee, smells very nice!   Also getting a nice roastiness on the backside.   As it warms toasted coconut comes out.   Gets more and more complex as it warms.   Very warming on the tongue. This is a sipper.   Wished it were a little more chewy, but thankfully its not sticky given its sweetness.   Big roasty toasted coconut on the finish, warming to the max.   This was real impressive.   Thanks Bob for this gem!
b3shine (6155) - Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle to snifter (thanks alexsdad06). Looks good; a murky dark brown with thin tan lacing. Smells good too; sweet and boozy with subtle cherrywood and vanilla. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant mouthfeel. Yes!
deanso (6085) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample at THT Movember
No head. Clear black pour. Very nice brew. Good barley wine
kermis (6067) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared thanks to Benzai. Pours near black with a small and short lived beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, molasses, roast, toffee, overripe dark fruits, wood and booze. Flavour is heavy sweet. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
JaBier (5106) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Black pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of grainy malt, chocolate, caramel and bourbon. Chocolate flavor with some booze and a bitter dark chocolate finish.
czar (5013) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle shared by tom10101, thanks! pours very dark brown with a low dark beige head, very little retention. big bourbony and coconuty disturbing aroma, roasted cloying sweetness, burnt caramel, molasses and booze. some complexity but linear since bourbon takes all the place. soft carbonation, medium body, spicy-peppery-boozy finish. closer to an impy than a bw. nonetheless... meh.
djd07 (4899) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Rob. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy tan head that lasts. The aroma is strong rye, oak, and wood. Slick mouthfeel with strong dark fruit, rye, wood, and light boozy finish. Very good.