ChainGangGuy (4116) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours a dark amber-brown body with an inch-plus of yellowed foam up top.
Smell: Caramelized sugar in the nose, toasted breadcrusts, some fruitiness, whiskey barrels, a sliver of oxidation and alcoholic wafts leaving you with no doubt of a high ABV%.
Taste: Smooth caramel maltiness with some toastiness present. Medium-light sweetness. I thought the hops were surprisingly robust, giving up some citric kicks and sharp florals. Moderate bitterness. Solid barrel presence, with tastes of whiskey, toasted tannic oak, and charred barrel innards. Minor oxidative notes. Bittersweet at the finish with some dry alcohol-infused caramel.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel.
Overall: One thumb up, above-average, but it failed to return my zeal, my zest for life. Maybe next time.
thegingerkid (11) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an absolutley superb BWA. so tasty and complex yet so pure. Every barley wine fan must try this.
DuffMan (5183) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy, Grippitis, and Ian. Tasted alongside Cigar City Warmer Winter Warmer. Tis was lighter in colour, but still had a lovely deep rued-orange hue. Dates, brown bread, brown sugar, dried apricots. Sticky, chewy, fantastic. Low hop presence, but this bottle has almost 2 years of age on it. Man I love a good barley wine.
wnoble (917) - French Lick, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours, deep brown or black. Lots of lacy sticky malts. Nose is fruits, caramels, floral, grass, resin, booze. Flavor Is sticky hops, sugar, caramels, and finishes bitter. Medium body for the style. Interesting. Hoppy and rich. A little earthy, resiny hop side but ok.
BeerandBlues2 (7408) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours mahogany with a large, frothy and tight-bubbled tan head, medium-long retention with good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, wet oak, dates, plums, nutty and caramel malt, pine and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant, sweet bourbon and vanilla, fresh oak, dark fruity esters, medium hops and bitterness accentuated by alcoholic bite, and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Cask, Pimlico - 14/12/12.
Hazed dark amber with a thin tan head that retains well.
Nose is dark caramel, toffee fudge, booze, toasted almonds, vanilla.
Taste comprises dark caramel, toffee fudge, marshmellow, toasty nuts, sweet sugars,vanilla essence, touch of booze.
Full bodied, smooth on the palate with little in the way of carbonation, sweet boozey finish.
nsquishee (507) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet aromas of caramel malts and hops. Sweet taste and slightly bitter, and boozy finish. Barrel flavors on the finish.
timfoolery (882) - California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from DBS. I get hoppy, American barley wine from the aroma. Flavor is lacking bourbon character and has a bitter hop character after the age, but does give a little malt backbone. Still, that bitterness ruins the palate too. Not a great beer, but some positive parts.
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maxwelldeux (2205) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a moderate off-white head. Nose has some alcohol notes to it. Taste is very interesting, with some sweeter notes in there and some drier notes to finish the "wine" style.
theSlipperyPen (221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep mahogany pour with amber edges and ruby highlights under an off-white head which holds persistently as a fine lacing. The nose is of rich malts, creamy vanilla and both fresh and candied oranges. It’s drier in the mouth than the nose would have one expect. The malts are soft and work well to balance the bitter hops. The bourbon barrel aging has given this a vanilla edge that holds everything together. Finishes like a ruby marmalade, getting warmer as it goes. Lovely stuff.