Tide (4063) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 26, 2017 AirForceHops (7554) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got a 22 oz. bottle in a trade with BOLTZ7555, thanks Dude! Beer looks deep brown the lots of ruby tints when held up to the light. Not much in the way of head or lace. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak and a large amount of booze. Chocolate stout proportion is way low, with the DIPA showing up in the finish. However, for the most part it shows the Barley Wine first and foremost. The DIPA does give it a nice citrus zest and adds something totally different. The FW commercial DESCRIPTION is spot on! This is damn nice and really tasty.Similar to a fine cognac. Could be truly nice to revisit if you have more than one bottle.
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 (2331) - 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 (3671) - 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 (4063) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2017
February 24, 2017. Bottle at home. DSG (15035) - 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 (2471) - 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 (8205) - 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. Chalumeaux (1620) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Poured from bottle thanks Jonathan. 2011 bottle date with a nice dark color. Aromas of toffee caramel dark fruit molasses. Taste is still awesome raison fig oak. Wow. WillRunForBeer (2702) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Bomber shared by Chalumeaux. Thanks, TJ! Pours murky brown with a beige head. Nice aroma. Molasses, raisin, oak. Flavor is molasses, raisin, date, oak. No hint of alcohol. thepatrickman (1410) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2016
Bottle as part of a Firestone Walker 14-19 vertical tasting. This stands out in the crowd of Firestone Walker anniversary ales -- since it’s predominately barleywine and IPA, it’s a lot lighter and a lot less roasted than everything else we tasted that night. It’s delicious -- there’s a lot of vanilla, caramel, and oak sweetness, mixed with some deeper, darker flavors -- but it was probably the most divisive bottle we opened at the tasting.