markextrae (4579) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2017 daleharshman (1080) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap at brewery a few weeks back. Pours a nice mahogany hue with a thin layer of tan foam. Aroma mainly of earthy peaty malts, strong bourbon, and vanilla with lesser notes of caramel, thick molasses, and dried fruit. The hoppiness of fresh Numbskull has really faded in the nose here. Flavor has significant bourbon, dark sticky toffee, chocolate-covered maraschino cherries, wet oak, and brown sugar. There is still some hop-tinged flavors here, but the barrel is dominant. Mildly sweet and a bit soft on the palate. There is a tingle of alcohol in the finish -- it warms but does not distract here. Excellent execution on this one. Glad to finally get to try this one...it completes my trifecta of barrel-aged Alesmith classics, along with the equally amazing BA Speedway and BA Wee Heavy. (474, 692)
2013, sweet bourbon notes, caramel, butterscotch, oak, buttery mouthfeel, vanilla and marzipan. Amazing Tide (4564) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2017 Draught at the Anvil taproom. Dark brown color, beige head. Bittersweet taste with toffee, bourbon, oak, dried fruits, caramel, pine and nuts. Bittersweet finish with toffee, bourbon, oak, dried fruits, caramel, pine and raisins. Exquisite barleywine. luttonm (6953) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2017
Anvil and Stave, San Diego. Heavier soap tan head on heavy copper brown. Tart, boozy alcohol nose. Dark chocolate and chalky wood. Fruity elements on the backend. Good hop and alcohol bitter spice. Lovely. Nice maple, toast and leather. vinivini (3134) - Gomel, BELARUS - OCT 5, 2017
Tap. Misty copper colour. Small off-white head. Aroma: massive biscuit & honey malts. Raisins, plums, nuts, melon, some hoppy tropical notes, minor bourbon. Full body. Powerful taste. Same malts, dried fruit, decent citrusy bitterness. A Classic indeed. llkc (2827) - århus, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2017
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Cunningham (8525) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2017
Black color with a fine beige head. Good lacing. Looks good. Good intensity in the aroma. Lots of bourbon and oak. Full body and a smooth carbonation level. Decent sweetness and a oily texture. Good lasting flavor with chocolate, roast, toffee, bourbon, oak and espresso. Tasty nice evening sipper.DarkMagus (560) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2017
[Bottle at The Blåbær Lambik 2017 Release queue outside Himmeriget in Copenhagen, Denmark]
Pours a dark brownish-black color with a thin tan ring of foam. Sweet caramel and treacle toffee aroma with dark dried fruits, hop bitterness, some coffee, burnt toast, cacao, a hint of tobacco, wood and alcohol. Flavors were loaded with bourbon barrel phenols, alcoh neongolden (1991) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2017
(On tap @ Anvil and Stave, April 5/17) Pours a deep red tinged brown with a stable fine white head. Aroma is dried figs, toffee, grapes, vanilla, bourbon. Flavour mimics it a bunch, rich toffee, figs, vanilla, mixed dried fruit, some whiskey, light heat, oak. A bit nutty. Pretty balanced for the abv. Medium full body and soft carb.
A textbook high-quality bourbon barrel barley wine. Gerbeer (4148) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 25, 2017
On tap at Anvil & Stave. Pours a very dark brown with light head. Aromas of sweet roasted malts, caramel, dry bourbon and hint of fruit. Flavors of same with a little more bourbon ABV.
Very nice. gyllenbock (10024) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2017
On tap at Anvil & Stave. Dark brown with a small head. Sweet with dried fruit, toffee, vanilla, bourbon and malt. The body was full and the mouthfeel fairly relaxed. A nice one to sip.