GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2009
One of the best bw’s I’ve had in a while. Dark gooey caramel in color with a good lasting head job. Strong aromas make it sweeter. Full body, luscious and creamy with mild bittering. Well balanced sweetness to abv. NIce flavors of coffee cake batter, stonefruit, and butterscotch. The finish is long and savory. Well done laddy. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2009
750ml bottle from tytoanderson, thanks ty, shared with dalekliz. Pours orangey brown with a tan head. Nose is sweet, some bourbon notes, a touch of vanilla and a good caramel malt sensation. Taste is sweet with some hoppy notes, but all in all an interesting barleywine. Not nearly as good as Ivan the terrible, but overall somewhat tasty. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2009
Earlier Rating: 3/29/2009 Total Score: 3.9
Special unlabeled bottle from floydster. Bottle @ Post Belgian Fest killer tasting dubbed Sea O’Floydster, with a load of cool people including Cquiroga, floydster, seaoflament and many others including my girlfriend and dr.bill. Pours reddish with no head. Nose is really sweet with a nice whisky feeling. Taste is sweet with a lot of bourbon. Nice brew.
Hazy copper pour covered by a mostly lasting off-white head. Not particularly aromatic for a big beer. The nose stays into the mainstream cerealic caramel range. Flavours are mostly sugary, borderline cough syrupy. Grainy malt profile, more toastiness would help in that regard. Limited hop influence. Watery texture. The most interesting about this beer had to be its origin.
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2009
750ml bottle, pours red with foamy off white head. nose of cotton candy, caramel, slight bourbon. flavors of caramel, cotton candy, red fruit, slight bourbon. med body, a bit fizzy finish. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2009
UPDATED: APR 17, 2009 750ml bottle (708 of 1800)...pours a dark amber brown with a fluffy liight brown head..... aroma of tasty malt, soft barrel, vanilla, and oak tannins....flavors are sweet with dark fruit and a lasting bitterness. fine vanilla and barrel aged flavors. prety good but ivan was a little better.....
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2009
draft @ hard liver ’09 - dark brown with slight haze and thin, off-white head; bourbon is obvious and perhaps a little much so on the nose, but perfectly compliments in the flavors; lots of sugar, quite sweet, mild wood and caramel in there toobeerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 9, 2009
Earlier Rating: 4/9/2009 Total Score: 3.8
draft @ hard liver ’09 - clear, orange with slight white head and plenty of lacing; raw sugar, malty syrup; flavors of caramel, vanilla, lemons; quite nice overall; texture a little on the thin side
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep amber with a moderate, somewhat creamy, tan head that lasted through three-quarters of the glass and left a layer of foam with each sip. Very pleasant aroma of caramel, vanilla, orange, and alcohol. The flavor is very similar to the aroma with the same caramel, vanilla, orange and alcohol. Definitely on the sweeter side. Fairly smooth on the palate, not quite silky. The bottle says 8.75% abv, but I had a pretty good buzz going after the first glass. That, combined with the noticeable alcohol presence, leads me to believe this one is stronger than they are stating. Enjoyable. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2009
(750ml, bottle #818 of 1800, courtesy of chef201atc) Pours an amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of cherry, mustiness, orange, caramel, light bourbon, oak, and toffee. Flavor of caramel malt, cherry, brandy, maple, apple, and some oak in the finish. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2009
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe. A little darker than the other barleywine I sampled. Brownish red. Aroma was pretty sweet with caramel, toffee, fruit, alcohol and sugar. Flavor was similar and quite tasty. Again, there was a good amount of sweetness. Hint of buttery bread. Good beer. BeerandBlues2 (13311) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a large, rocky, off-white head, lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (toffee, caramel, cookie), light hops (perfume, pine), heavy yeast (dough, earth) with notes of alcohol, vanilla, cask, dates, and toffee. Full bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and an astringent finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.