Tortman18 (151) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very dark amber/ruby mix with 2 fingers of off white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is tyical barley wine, but I donít detect much bourbon. Sweet with a lot of malt and dark fruits. Plum, cherry and apple. The bourbon is much more present on the tongue. Very strong. Dark fruits come through again, with an awesome mix of bourbon. A lot of sweetness mainly vanilla, chocolate and roast.
Theydon_Bois (5279) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Victory, Downington, 27/11/13.
Clear dark amber with a moderate light beige covering.
Nose is bourbon soaked oak, dark toffee fudge, vanilla essence, light booze notes but not 11% worth.
Taste comprises rich dark toffee, vanilla, bourbon notes, caramel fudge, stewed dark fruits.
Full bodied, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate, lightly warming alcohol in the finish.
Decent oak aged BW, the 11% is well integrated.
tastybeer (1486) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber pour, tan head. Little retention, no lace. Aroma of vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, pine. Taste is sweet, lightly bitter, bourbon, toffee, oak, pine, citrus. Palate is soft, slick, bitter finish.
pilgrimoutlaw (641) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
4 oz. pour at Victory brewpub, side by side of Old Horizontal. Pours a muddy reddish brown with off white head. Bourbon, vanilla, citrus, cherry cough syrup, caramel. Highly sweet, moderately bitter. Fully, syrupy body with light carbonation. Couldnít finish a 4 oz. pour. Hope the bottle Iím aging turns out better.
Dr_MedievAle (106) - USA - OCT 27, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma on this one is outstanding: bourbon, hot toffee, woody notes. medium sweet toffee/caramel blooms into notes of lightly bitter bourbon. penultimate note is a salty kind of picklish flavor--from the oak barrel, as Iíve encountered this flavor before in barrel aged beers (e.g., in Founders Doom). finishes with some warm alcohol
sticky palate, as expected.
Beardaxe (127) - - OCT 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. Nice dark amber color. No head. Aroma of typical barleywine caramels with some booze overlayed. Flavor follows. The bourbon presence is moderate. It doesn't overwhelm the beer but let you know it's there. Not much sweetness as I expected. Some lingering heat at the end. Very solid.
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bluejacket74 (1131) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with a half inch light tan head. Head retention is decent, not much lacing. Aroma is nice and malty, it smells like dark fruit, oak, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, and caramel. The taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like dark fruit, oak, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, brown sugar, caramel, candied fruit, toffee, and some booze. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís a bit coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, worth a try for sure!
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours a deep amber color with a very thin light tan head that lasted as a ring. Aromas vanilla bean and oak, along with caramel, sweet phenols, toffee and maple syrup. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, and alcohol dominate up front. Towards the back, you get a hint of the bourbon barrel and creamy vanilla, as well as a touch of citrusy hops. Full-bodied with low carbonation.
johnnnniee (1823) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Food and Friends in Philly.
Pours a deep garnet brown with a smallish beige head that shows great retention. Aromas of brown sugar, vanilla, hints of wood and dried fruits. There is a solid alcohol presence and a faint bit of earthy hop aroma as well. The flavor is sweet with caramel and brown sugar that is dripping with vanilla drizzle. Light dried fruits with a solid alcohol bite and hints of earthen hop to balance. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Itís a little bit alcohol hot for my tastes but it really is a fantastic beer. If it werenít so damn expensive I would have snagged another bottle.
jredmond (4595) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at blind tiger with Paul, Andy, and Pearl. Pours a deep, murky reddish brown body wit no head, thin of white lacing. Aroma is sweet maple, molasses, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Mouthfeel is creamy and full with notes of sweet boubon, molasses, maple syrup and vanilla. Great barley wine.
Rando7 (671) - Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours clear yellow orange with one finger white head. Malty aroma. Taste nice combination of sweet malts, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Thick palate without being syrupy. Finish dull oak and hops. Improves as it warms.
Very nice aged barleywine, quite sweet but I enjoy sweet beers. Seemed to pack more of a punch than youíd expect from the ABV.