StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
AROMA-Bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee APPEARANCE-Dark ruby red brownish looking, cloudy, white latte head when 1st poured that minimizes to a white thing velvety ring. Little to no lacing. TASTE-Bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, butter scotch type flavors, almost like a bourbon barrel aged cotton candy if there was such a thing. PALATE-medium to full bodied with a slick and sticky texture and soft carbonation with a long woodsy, bourbony, sweet lingering long finish. OVERALL-This is the best BA Barley Wine Iíve had other than King Henry and Iíve had all the great ones in itís class. Surprisingly good. Very smooth with the ABV well hidden. Very well balanced with dynamic deep flavors. This one will lead you into giving up an arm and a leg for a sip!
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
From notes. First reviewed 2/9/2011. Served on tap in a snifter at the brewpub.
This pours a murky brown color, much darker than regular Behemoth. Molasses brown in the middle, walnut brown at the edges, with a creamy tan head that quickly recedes to a ring, leaving just a bit of lace.
This is surprising, I mostly just get bourbon in the nose. Some oak, vanilla, and maybe some general dark fruit. All of the caramel malt and hoppy aroma has gone away.
Bourbon soaked all the way through the flavor, it almost drowns everything else out. Some caramel sweetness up front, followed by some dark fruits, oak, and vanilla that add a little bit of depth, but there is no hop presence. The bourbon just rolls over anything that would be left underneath. The finish is lightly sweet and heavy on the Woodford Reserve.
This is full bodied for sure. The creaminess gives the feeling the body is crushing the carbonation. Quite sticky. It has a harsh boozy feel in the throat and a pleasant alcohol warming in the stomach. The juiciness from the original is gone. It has more of a flat, somewhat dry bourbon feel.
One and done, definitely. I like barrel aged beers as much or more than the next guy, but this was just too much bourbon for me. It definitely brought down an otherwise good beer.
sunevdj (2919) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a diminishing head. Strong bourbon smells. Very sweet with lots of bourbon and wood. Also aromas of candi and caramel. Very soft carbonation. Full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel.
Tanksley (28) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper with no head. I did not care for the carbonation. Aroma is caramel, bourbon, raisin, plum, vineous and oak. Flavour is caramel, oak, bourbon, alcohol, plum, raisin and dried fruit.
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught @ Mikkeller Bar, during 3Floyds Night 2011. Amber/Brown color with small off white head. Very intense aroma of wood, bourbon,vanilla and licorice. Sweet and sticky taste of bourbon, licorice, wood, caramel, sugar and alcohol. Very very intense and rich. A wonderful slow sipper.
skortila (4178) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Mikkeller bar. The aroma is sweetish, has raisins, caramel, oranges, bourbon and a hint of vanilla. Hazy, dark brown coloured beer with almost no (off-white) head. The taste has loads of sweet raisins, caramel and cane sugar toffee malts. All well balanced out with the bourbon touch. Vanilla makes it a bit more creamy. Really good one.
anders37 (14818) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy dark fruit and vanilla aroma with barrel hints. Sweetish malty spicy vanilla and bourbon flavor with hints of dark fruit and weak hints of hops. Has a sweetish malty spicy vanilla and bourbon finish.
Christian (10368) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Mikkeller Bar, via hallinghansen. Thanks! Amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of fruity hops, caramel, vanilla and vineous alcohol. Sweet malty and pretty hoppy flavour, with a drying impression of boozy alcohol
sfhodense (4793) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with no head. Aroma is caramel, bourbon, raisin, plum, vineous and oak. Flavour is caramel, oak, bourbon, alcohol, plum, raisin and dried fruit.
faroeviking (10299) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUL 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
De barril. Hazy dark brown colour. Sweet caramel malty vanilla like pleasant aroma. Good sticky mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet with good dark malts, caramel, dark fruit, alcohol (in a good way) and a pleasant bitterness. sweet malty bitter like alco finish. Nice indeed.