80skid (65) - New York, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not exactly my type of beer but I still need to give it a relatively high rating for the bold flavor. I got the impression that I was drinking out of a barrel while sipping this. Alcohol very present with a strong wood, earthy flavor that you can taste the entire way down. Not something Iíd go out and buy often but definitely worth the experience.
dlbeer (381) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Light brown pour with small tan head. Smells sweet with woody notes. Tastes sweet of caramel and alcohol. Very good.
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HeadyDE (227) - Delaware, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour into snifter..aged 1 year..dark purplish color..particles galore..quite cloudy..cant say I have ever seen a cloudier barleywine than this..little head as expected..aroma of cream..vanilla..plum..and bourbon booziness..surprisingly not as full bodied as expected for the 11.1..last few barleywine offerings I have had have been bourbon barrel aged and I am not feeling the combination..like a high octane bourbon cream soda..
Sperine (138) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. As someone who is a big fan of Blithering Idiot, the barrel aged counterpart did not disappoint. The only downside is that this beer is so big that it limits its drinkability.
Darwenus (382) - Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great God, this is good beer. The body is an inviting, thick-looking, creamy brown, and the head fades quickly and leaves little lace. The aroma is sweet and rich. Notes of honey and booze. The flavor is just freaking outstanding. The big presence is vanilla. Iíve had vanilla bean beer that didnít have this much vanilla. Bourbon barrel stouts donít bring the vanilla out of the oak aging as well as this barley wine does. This is like a french vanilla milkshake level vanilla. Just incredibly rich and smooth. There is also boozy, malty, bready stuff going on, too. Itís rare that a beer this sweet appeals to me as much as this one does, but damn. Sweet and rich doesnít get better than this. This is a fine, fine beer, and easily the best thing Iíve had from Weyerbacher.
phikus01 (84) - New York, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting. On the brink of cough medicine, but offers an oaky candied hop aroma, vanilla roasty burgundy flavor
Chuckaduck (489) - Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 4/26/13. Pours a cloudy amber-green with no head. Aroma is very clean; bread, vanilla, lots of fruit, alcohol, oak, bourbon. Taste is similar, big, warming; dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, wood/oak, lots of rich malt flavor, caramel, bread; finish is long, bitter fruit skins. Vague, spotty lacing. Mouth feel is thick, oily. Medium-low carbonation; this would not work well with aggressive bubbles. My only criticism is that I found there to be a little too much barrel; the vanilla is very nice but the oak and bourbon are a touch dominating. Still quite excellent.
artmcd8 (640) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taste thanks to Tony. Smells of bourbon and dark fruits. The taste is extremely smooth and delicious.
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mikesaum (424) - Newark, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours garnet with almost no head, just a very thin off white collar. Aroma is tons of dried fruit upfront with oak vanilla and smooth bourbon undertones. Taste is great, dried fig and some raisin, a vanilla caramel sweetness, a bit of oaky bourbon and just a small amount of bitterness in the end, this is a pretty good barrel aged barley wine that doesnít get cloyingly sweet like some of the others.
spence3208 (5) - Maine, USA - APR 11, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle pour, dark ruby color. smells of vanilla and bourbon. Taste as it smells. heavy on the oak and sweetness. and packs a punch. quite possibly my favorite barley wine, if not beer!
drsordr (206) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour ruby. Nose of sweet malt, caramel, booze, alcohol, and faint banana. Taste Belgian candy, banana, sweet malt, followed by a hint of tannin. Thick syrupy mouthfeel.