dwyerpg (5646) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is really a top-notch barleywine. Lots of molasses, tons of hops, a good hop bite throughout. A great sipping beer.
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish.
gyllenbock (7707) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at SBWF 2010.
Clear amber with a small, creamy head. Very nice aroma of dried fruit, oak and vanilla. The taste was quite complex and very pleasant. Excellent mouth feel, the alcohol was present but did not bother. I would love to have a bottle or two in my cellar.
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at SBWF 2010. Clear mahogany with almost no head. Very smooth, round with vanilla and a nice buttery touch. The aroma is boozy but theres none of that in the taste, instead it has a perfect mouthfeel that’s like silk on the tongue. One of my biggest surprises at the festival.
olsvammel (5995) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at SBWF 2010. It poured a very dark amber liquid with a msall dirty white head. Intense flavour of dried fruit and wood. Also fairly sweet and complex.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 04-10. The pour is a mostly clear, deep, dark ruby color and an average, pillowy, tan head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is very pleasant with dark chocolate and complementary vanilla, toffee and almonds, dried apricots, some charred bourbon oak, and some spicy/earthy hops. The flavor is similar with more charred oak and vanilla, more earthy hops, some leafy hops emerging, dried apricots still, and fading notes of dark chocolate and toffee. The palate is lively, full, velvety, warm, and coating. The finish is long and warm with earthy/leafy hops, dried apricot, and charred oak notes. A nice version of the style with lots of malt complexity, some balancing hops, and complementary bourbon. A bit similar to Old Blarney from Moylan’s with the leafy hop notes, and malt prominence but balancing bitter notes, but not as well put together. Nice enough to try but not worth paying the price of an exclusive beer.
jtclockwork (14944) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear reddish amber. Nose and taste of brown sugar, molasses, oak, raisin and plum. Light warming alcohol in finish is very pleasant.
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - SEP 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vanilla, bourbon and oak dominate. Lovely sweetness that keeps this from being a sipper. Very drinkable and warming. Think I’ll keep a supply of these.
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle, labeled “Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine, 2008 vintage, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a clear mahogany body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, coconut, bread, and chocolate. Flavor of caramel, bourbon, bread, roasted malt, and raisins.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep copper with a small but lasting light tan head. Sticky lacing. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit. Flavor is quite nice, not overly boozy, sweet, or bitter, instead it takes all 3 components and doses them out in just the right amount. Full mouth feel, though not sticky. Finishes with almost dry and oaky like a wine. A mighty fine brew.