Bill Becker (1808) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Thanks to Aaron for the hand delivered bottle just because I hooked him up with some BCBS in Casper.
Pours a hazy to cloudy deep brown colour ala a Thomas Hardy Ale. Small and then no head of foam, no lacing.
Huge caramel malt and dark fruits in the smell with port like notes. Got all of that immediately following removing the waxed cap. That. .got me all excited.
How is the taste, Bitterbill? Exactly like what the smell indicated. Caramel malt that is sweet but not overly so. Dark pitted fruit and that unmistakable taste of Port as in a properly cellared Thomas Hardy. I reckon that this is THE closest to That wonderful elixir the US has to offer.
Sticky full mouthfeel with the gentlest carbonation.
This is absolutely fabulous. Amazing. Incredible.
Easily makes it to my top 5 beers ever. Maybe even number 1. I’ll decide that when I am finished.
Oh yeah, there’s some definite heat to this baby but it is part of the beauty. UltraViolence (23) - USA - SEP 27, 2009
I haven’t much liked the brewery, but they were serving this one up at the GABF. It’s inconceivably good. Melted caramel, outlandishly rich. Brown sugar, warming alcohol, has a dessert wine vibe to it. Just outrageous, unique, and completely excellent.
onceblind (10593) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Deep hazy chestnut, no head. Lovely fruity nose with boozy caramel and oak and gentle whiskey. Lovely toffee and whiskey flavor with lots of honey, boozy English malt, dark plum and fruity tones, boozy malty whiskey and fruity British dark old ale finish. Amazing. yourilevesque (1865) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2017
Merci à Marc-André pour le partage. Un Barley Wine élaborés par des brasseurs issus du monde du Scotch et du Whisky. Ça se sent. Ça se goûte. Ça paraît! Arômes complexes de sirop d’érable, de whisky malté et de barrique vanillée. Smooth, riche, intelligent. Jamais je redoute les 12,5% d’alcool qui m’attendent dans ce breuvage qui a immédiatement su gagner ma confiance. J’ai envie d’y plonger les lèvres. En bouche, outre un caramel doux, je note beaucoup de chocolat. Au fil des gorgées, une belle chaleur s’installe au fond de ma gorge qui révèle des notes épicées qui jusqu’alors n’existaient pas. Texture parfaite en bouche. L’influence du monde du Scotch est évidente ici dans cette bière qui me donne l’impression de boire un whisky ayant la buvabilité d’une bière. Un whisky session? Magnifique produit! CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2007
2005 vintage on tap at the brewpub on 10/12/07: Pours an oily nearly opaque dark mahogany with a thin ring of white head. Aroma of complex sweet dark caramel and oaky bourbon with a lot of raisins and brown sugar. Body starts very full, rich and sweet with nice dark fruity complexity toward a dense oaky whiskey finish. Nicely balanced and well-aged with a touch of oxidized complexity.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Tasted at GABF 2008. I really loved this beer. Dark as ever with vanilla, chocolate, malt and caramel on the nose. Very smooth palate with flavors of chocolate and sweet malts. Just loved this. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Date: 10/11/2007goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Source: Brewfest, GABF
opaque dark brown, wispy tan head,
rich dark caramel malt aroma with earthy hops and a light fruity character,
sweet dark caramel candy flavor, bourbon sweetness, light earthy hops for balance,
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
GABF 2007: Poured a hazey deep brown color with a beige head. Fruity with milk chocolate make up the aroma. Bourbon and vanilla show up but blend so well. The flavor is full of fruit with some more notes of chocolate. Full bodied. This is smooth and warming but the alcohol takes a back seat. Yummy. arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2008
On the floor at GABF 2007. Smells very porty and vanilla, with a little floral honey in the alcohol character (reminding of the more floral meads I’ve had). Flavor is right in the sweet spot for my tastes in barley wines: chocolate and caramel covered raisins in a brown sugar reduction, bright thick sweetness and malts all over. Alcohol comes through in the finish a bit, which is an elegant counterpoint to the sweetness running through it. Well done. Ratman197 (15372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2007
On tap @ 5th Annual Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a cloudy dark brown with a minimal amber head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, carmel, chocolate and fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of bourbon, oak, carmel, light maple and a hint of fruitiness with a lingering sweet finish.