ShivanDragon (4613) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2017 brigg (708) - New York, USA - FEB 8, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(22oz bottle) The aroma really jumps out at you as soon as you open the bottle: dark fruit (raisin, black cherry), alcohol, bourbon, wood, floral notes, caramel malt; the barley wine character is evident. Dark brown, almost black body, thin light brown head. Flavor is sweet with fruity and floral notes underneath the medium-roast caramel flavor, wood, and bourbon. Overall very sweet, but the hops peak through just a bit; some hints of sourness, too. Alcohol is strong and warm. Body oddly feels medium at first but seem to fill out as it moves back and sits in your mount; full bodied overall. Soft carbonation feel. Really love this.
sample from bottle @ZZT 2017 at Benzai's, shared by ElManana, pours dark brown with a khaki head. aroma of caramel, brown sugar, grain, figs, bourbon, Taste of grain, rye, caramel, toffee, sweet malts, alcoholic, bourbon, dried fruits, a bit over the top for a barley wine-ish style, full body, still ok Maakun (6430) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle shared at ZZT. Almost clear dark brown with small beige head. Lots of bourbon, toffee, dried herbs, light grass. Lots of sweet malts, alcohol, walnuts. Oxidized dried prunes, raisins. Marzipan, more alcohol. Over medium sweet and bitter. Almost full bodied. DutchDrebus (6191) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle @ ZZT Fall 2017. Brown colour with small beige head. Smells sweet, malty, barleywine, chocolate. Tastes sweet, malty, raisins, barleywine. Full body, soft carbo. Tide (4336) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 26, 2017
Draught at City Beer SF. Light brown color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, toffee, hops, resin, nuts, oak, dried fruit, raisins, a bit of pine and caramel. Bitter finish with citrus, dried fruits, hops, toffee, oak, resin, pine, nuts and caramel. Exquisite American strong ale. Fred82 (2339) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2017
Bomber. Deep amber small head shirt retention. Nose raisins and caramel. Some oxidation. Taste raisins, caramel, bourbon. Some oxidation. Finish bourbon and raisins. Pretty hot. Light spicy notes. Nice bourbon. Well balanced. Nice stuff.
rouhlas (3783) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - MAR 9, 2017
From bottle shared at Ratebeer Best awards and bottle-share. Dark brown to black color with off white head. Malty aroma, bread, caramel, chocolate, dark dried fruits, raisins, plums, honey, vanilla, wood, alcohol. Sweet and bitter taste. medium oily body with soft carbonation. hackobock (4095) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2017
February 24, 2017. Bottle at home. DSG (15237) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2017
Murky brown with a one inch off-white head. Aroma is loads of dried fruits with figs, raisins and prunes, sweet caramel, licorice, soft roasted notes, a touch of bourbon.
Taste is sweet, malty, smooth bitter. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, creamy texture. Finish is sweet sticky caramel, figs, prunes, licorice, bourbon, licorice, light roast, warming alcohol.
Aged with dignity, very good!
[1/29/17] Bottle/Can/Crowler/Growler at the RateBeer award ceremony bottle share at Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Brown. Vanilla, dark fruits, cookies, malt, caramel, sweet, rounded mouthfeel. anstei (2608) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle at RBGT. Pours dark brown, yet a bit lighter than 12, 13, 14. More vanilla, less barrel. Better balance, but still a boozy warming sipper. Long caramel palate. A very pleasant sipper indeed. BuckeyeBoy (8466) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2017
22oz bottle pours out a hazy cola brown color topped with a small head. Nose is lots and lots of layers of barrels sweets toffee caramel pit fruit booze. Taste is more of the complex nose pit fruit barrel vanilla.