NeuroPliny (229) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from oversized bottle shared with JB. Pours opaque mahogany with a quickly fading tan head. Aroma intoxicating with notes of fig, bourbon, oak, molasses, vanilla, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavour is dark dried fruit, sherry, blackcurrant, caramel, bourbon, sour green apple, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts well balanced by hops. Moderate to full body. Complex and mellow. Awesome Solera-style ale now 8 years running. Looking forward to next year's release.
chadmasontx (22) - - OCT 7, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a small khaki head. Smells of caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Taste is the same with a lot of sweetness. Brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, figs and oak flavors with a rich complexity. Mouthfeel is semi sticky with a thick body and low carbonation.
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jeremyh70 (915) - Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a small khaki head that settles to a film with sparse lacing. Aroma of molasses, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with a good deal of sweetness. Brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, figs and oak flavors with a rich complexity. Not as much booziness as you might expect but it is there and helps to tame the sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel is semi sticky with a thick body and low carbonation. Very good and well made. Everything you want from a barleywine/olde ale.
kambei70 (811) - - OCT 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle. Aroma of intense molasses, sticky malts, raisins, roasted amber malts, big alcohol on the nose, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Very darkened plum/magenta appearance and big alcohol legs. Big sticky malt sweetness overwhelms the palate. Huge, complex notes of cinnamon, roasted malts, raisins, plums, maple syrup, molasses, dark fruits, and toffee. Finish is bourbon and big barrel notes.
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simont1 (462) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one is for Sucre, 17%. Aroma of caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, heavy bourbon with a big coconut and caramel presence. Taste of toffee, figs, raisins, creme brulee, vanilla with strong woody aftertaste, very sweet, but still nice.
NoYouDidnt (12) - Lafayette, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks great. The smell is different than you were expecting, just based on what you read from others. Really smelled more of dark fruits, even a wine taste, rather than the chocolate/ caramel you were thinking. Taste- well this beer changed a lot as you drank it. Straight out of the fridge it tasted as it smelled. As it warmed up however, it developed those real nice chocolate and bourbon favors you read abou from other reviews. Next time around. Open the bottle at a warmer temp bro. Do yourself a favor. Overall- drink it again. Buy the release next year. Very enjoyable to drink this and talk with a friend. A+ experience.
Luckylucy667 (41) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - SEP 18, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Awesome complex brew. Very malty with earth leathery hops. Caramel and some sherried like wine character. Nice mouthfeel bus was not sweet just nice and malty with complex sherry like finish.
Vells (1114) - Rīga, LATVIA, LATVIA - SEP 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge brew. Feels very smooth dried dark fruits toasted caramel malty cocktail, vanilla, oak. Superbly balanced with nice fancy figs, toffee, burnt sugar finish. Oily. Moderate to intense sweetness, light bitterness. Quite a treat
jdjuice (474) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - SEP 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cola brown with nice tight head that disappears rather quickly. Aromas are extremely powerful, soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, sherry, dried plums, vanilla, raisins. Flavors are equally impressive, not as strong with the soy sauce, not as overly sweet as I was expecting, a bit stronger notes of coffee and chocolate, slight sourness that then fades into a somewhat roasty, malty, slightly hoppy finish that is really enjoyable.
Also, tastes nowhere near 16.2%, you could tell me itís 10% and Iíd believe it.
All in all, really deep, well balanced, and Iím looking forward to next yearís release.
TimE (4257) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
big but not too big tons of bourbon. For 16% itís amazingly not too sweet. Lots of brown sugar. Great stuff. Wish I had better notes, but drank at a party.