tectactoe (1880) - Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Mike! Murky mahogany & dingy brown pour with a beige head that transforms to a thin ring in just moments. Aroma is mostly made of roasted, slightly astringent coffee beans, somewhat acrid in nature. Light oak & booze underneath, with even lighter notes of caramel & buttery toffee. But the cold diner-esque coffee vibe is the dominant aroma. Taste is the same way, overrun by coffee, lightly sweet & backed with a bit of caramel & toffee that peaks through from the base barleywine. I get some notes of anise, cocoa, & oak occasionally, but again, it seems the coffee addition has obliterated the base beer. Lightly astringent & sharp in the finish. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t my jam, either. Expected greatness, turns out it was merely decent.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy, muddy brown with a khaki head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla, toffee, coconut. Taste is sweet. Vanilla and marshmallow notes really come through now. Full bodied and sticky. Good.
alexsdad06 (5424) - Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared by brew3crew. Pours a dark cola brown color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma and flavor have big coffee notes, bourbon, vanilla, roast, some booze, smooth mouth feel, wood, a mild dark fruit character, alcohol is warming. How will this age?
b3shine (5455) - Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle to taster (shared by brew3crew). Looks good for the style; a dark amberish brown with light beige head and lively carbonation. Smells solid; BIG coffee with notes of malt and a bit of tartness. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
HonusWagner (1381) - Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was impressed by this. It really needs time to open up but the coffee in the nose works really well and it’s not as sweet or thick and fatty as I expect from a Bruery Barley Wine. Good stuff.
DrSilverworm (6400) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle, thanks to FlandersNed! Shared with local ratebeerians. 2013 bottle. Half hazy brown / red color. Thin off-white grayish head. Spread and dots of lace. Amazing huge coffee roast, fresh ground nose. Very nice vanilla. Aromas work awesomely with each other. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Moderate bitter taste, minimal sweet, nice dryness. Awesome coffee barley wine. Delicious vanilla and coffee aroma, and a nice big bitterness, nearly no sweetness. Awesome stuff. So good.
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by dudeabide- thanks again, Nate! Pours a semi-cloudy amber with a small beige head. Aroma of nice fresh roasted coffee, oak, caramel, bourbon, toasted sugar, and earth. The flavor is mostly the same but doesn’t work on quite the same level. Definitely some warmth to this one. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty, earthy, warming mouthfeel. Nice barrel-aged coffee barley wine.
olr1984 (1079) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
sampled at the young guns dinner at the kitchen in denver. pours a light brown with a tan head. coffee aroma and taste
Steve_0 (2671) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Matt’s with friends. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Over roasted folgers coffee, green peppers, toffee, earthy, somewhat bready, and caramelly aroma. Taste is huge coffee, peppers, cocoa, brown sugar, roasty, and caramel. Watery mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The coffee is way overdone. Meh.
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, slight oak, big coffee, hints of earth, big coffee, touch of dark cocoa, hints of dark slight funky coffee. Tatse was weird funky earth, slight funky grounds, hints of folgers grounds, hints of earth, finishing fairly bitter, dry, very coffee grounds. No thanks.