ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
750ml bottle into a tulip.
A: Pours a hazy amber color. The head is VERY nice looking - itís two fingers high, white shaded, and beautifully creamy. I think it retains well for 11.5%, and the lacing it leaves behind is pretty but inconsistent. This one looks good in a glass.
S: I get both the BSPA portion and the BA wheatwine portion, with the former coming through more vividly. Apple and pear esters tend to dominate, while its barrel characteristics (oak, vanilla, even coconut!) slowly build up as this opens up. If thereís a problem, itís that there seems to be a disconnect between the fruit esters and the barrel notes - as if theyíre not coexisting in perfect harmony with each other. Individually, though, these two tones are actually quite satisfying.
T: Apple and pear esters are at the forefront of the flavor profile, and incidentally, thatís the best part of this beer. After that, it goes right into íclusterfuck cityí. Iím getting wisps of a lot of notes (oak barrel, vanilla, booze, marshmallow, coconut, tomato, tart cherries, wheat), all popping up at various stages in the flavor profile. I will give it this - itís complex. Wait, no, it isnít complex. Itís complicated. Complex beers have a semblance of harmony and balance, this is just a hilarious jumble of flavors. A sweet, boozy hilarious jumble of flavors, with a finish thatís cloying to the point of annoyance.
M: Because all the notes sort of get jammed together in a doorway, it doesnít really inspire the palate to find them out - and that means you donít care to find the notes, therefore you just want to drink this. Insomuch as the drinkability goes, itís actually quite good. Itís pretty light on the palate, and in spite of all the booze and sugar, goes down relatively easily...that is, until the sweetness overwhelms the palate. Which it will.
O: I declare this the Three Stooges of beerdom. All the flavors do is get jammed in a doorway, with the sugary sweetness poking the fruit esters in the eyes and bonking the oak barrel in the head. Thereís no way I could finish a whole 750 solo, which is why I split it with a couple friends. Donít need to ever have this one again...I really hope the bottle of Bois Iím sitting on isnít like this.
Mark_Eck (1757) - - JUL 25, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark orangish color. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruitiness, biscuit, and bourbon. Alcohol is dangerously masked.
Idiosynkrasie (6177) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Clear cognac colour, with small, forthy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Woody, oaky aroma, hints of vanilla, a nuttily touch, hazelnut, nougat, some coconut as well. Taste is all along this line, good balance of rather subtle flavours, a slight predominance of oak.
hman43 (1055) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours golden-orange with a moderate off white head. The clarity is a bit hazy but clears up quite a bit as it warms. It has strong malt aromas with orange, caramel, wheat, and low aromas of oak and bourbon. It has a rich malt, sweet flavor. It is highlighted by caramel, honey, orange, oak, bourbon, and alcohol. The overall balance is towards the malt. It has a heavy body, not quite chewy, with a moderately high bitterness. It is fairly smooth in spite of the high alcohol content There is also a fair amount of alcohol warming. Overall, this is a malty rich balance beer with a complex blend of fruits that packs a solid alcohol punch, but is fairly smooth.
markextrae (3538) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample from bottle, poured a hazzy dark deep golden to light amber colour with a foamy white head. some of their barrel program now sees light in europe. nose of sweet caramel malts, toffee, sweet dried raisins, dried apricots, vanilla, bourbon sweetness, soft wheat, charred dried coconut. sticky full mouthfeel, boozy, light tannis tartness.
20107589 (690) - randers, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pour golden with redbrown hints without a head. caramel, vanilla, and coconut. taste medium sweet with bitter hints. average carbonation, full bodied,
Palme (3939) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Ginger Man. A cloudy deep dark golden almost honey colored one with a small but lasting light sidesticking off-white top. It has a nose of wood, white wine, caramel and lots of fruity zest. Impressive in a strange way. More white wine in the taste. Lots of grapes, the Green kind. It has a above average carbonation level and a nice thick oily mouthfeel. Some alcohol, quite warming and suiting. Oaky dryness in the mouth. Zesty, some minty hints, herbal. Really packed with flavors. Ends with a hint of acidity on the tongue. A really nice beer. 19.06.2013
Carlisle (467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours Amber color with thin off-white head and lacing. Green apple, toffee, caramel and white raisin notes. Sweet creme brûlée followed by raisins. Bourbon and warming alcohol in the finish.
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tennisjoel (1334) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice to see the bruery distribute now in Rochester. Orangish brown pour. Aromas of oak, apricot, orange marmalade, biscuit. Warming. A bit cloying, but otherwise decent.
wxman (1725) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy orange with a minimal white head. Aroma is malt and bourbon. Taste is sweet pale malt, caramel, butter, fruitiness. Itís exactly as they say it is, a combination of barleywine and strong Belgian ale. The Belgian ale somewhat mitigates the cloying sweetness and alcohol of the barleywine. Great combo!
GreatDane1632 (1167) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 26, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 vintage -- Flavors were very melded together, the easiest to pick out was the booze and the bourbon barrel. The bourbon flavor was subdued and not at all overpowering. Need to try a fresh bottle next to compare.