PotjeBier (3450) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2013
22 oz bottle (Abacus from 2011), from a trade with richiesd, huge thanks! Deep brown color, clear. Off white head (not much, little retention). Wonderful blend of aroma’s: bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, sweet red fruit, sticky toffee, alcohol (retronasal). Flavor is medium sweet, toffee, fruitcake. Alcoholfeel is quite strong. Body is medium. Still quite enough carbonation. Long finish, a little bit boozy, oak, toffee. Wonderful stuff. Thisis12ptfont (1199) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Aromas of oak, maple, brown sugar and yeast. Deep, murky brown color with almost no foam. Strong burnt caramel, burnt sugar, toasted oak, maple and roasted cocoa characteristics. Finish leaves a big boozey burn with thick notes of dark fruits and syrupy molasses. Overall, sipping beer indeed. Very well rounded with assertively complex flavors and heavy alcohol on the finish. I like it, it’s really strong and well done. ajax25g (76) - Washington DC, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2013
On tap at Uber. Dark hazy brown appearance with head that quickly disappears. Nose hits you with a bunch of oaky bourbonness, dark fruits, especially overripe cherries, and bitter chocolate. Low carb, kinda wish there was a bit more. Full bodied. Taste us much like the nose. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. A little vanilla in there with some port. Yummy stuff. HogTownHarry (7010) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2013
22oz bottle shared by biegaman with me and blankboy. Botlle is "Abacus - 2011" ... Murky reddish-brown, minimal off-white bubbly head. Some bourbon, nutty and fruity and boozy and lots going on - fruity, almost sweet. Taste follows, even sweeter, some mocha notes. Thick, mild carbonation, quick-ish finish, a bit boozy - really nice. Smooth. srobi003 (58) - odenton, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Aroma: massive oak, vanilla, bourbon .notes. also getting a dark fruit note. Appearance: reddish-brown, 1/2 finger off-white head. No lacing and a massive amount of alcohol legs. Taste: Wow!!! Sweet but not too sweet. Not a lot of bitterness. This is the smoothest beer I ever had. Overall: The best barleywine I ever had. The best beer I’ve had period. The only reason this is not a 5.0 score is wish it was in a 12 ounce bottle. This will creep up on you, definitely a sipper.
bbbeer (838) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Deep ruby brown, small tan head. Aroma brown sugar, malt, dark fruit, chocolate. Full body. Alcohol is present but not dominant. Sweet bourbon like flavors. Dates, wood, roasted nuts, coffee, vanilla as well. Quite complex. Great beer. Camwip (1) - - FEB 1, 2013 does not count
Strong Dark Cherry notes, with a sweet bite that balances out the high alcohol notes. Very unique and full flavored Barley Wine.
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19/I/13 -1Pt. 9Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG 2013 - BB: n/a - 2012 vintage (2013-61) Thanks to Benzai for sharing the bottle!RasmusOtt (2792) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2013
Clear ruby red beer, small off-white head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots and lots of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bit fruity, sugar. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of chocolate, bit sugary, malts, caramel, vanilla, sweet, some alcohol noticeable. Aftertaste: more chocolate, caramel, vanilla, sugary, bit boozy, alcohol.
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2014 Bottle shared by Phreddyboi. Pours dark brown with a tiny brown head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, sweet toffee, coconut, sweet cherry, vanilla, dark sweet berries and a lot of barrel qualities. Taste has a decent amount of warming alcohol, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, dark sweet berries and a big barrel quality. dnstone (3430) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Booze-soaked, sweet dry cherry taste. Deep brown color. Straight bourbon aroma...coconut, vanilla, and caramel.