Steasy66 (1155) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Abacus bottle. Garnet with lacy white head. Somewhat muted nose or sweet malt and bourbon barrel. Taste is nice and sweet with strong barrel. Low carbonation and nice body. ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Aroma: loads of toffee and caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, slightly earthy. Pours a dark amber/ruby color, tan head with average retention. Massive, rich malt flavor - lots of toffee, molasses, toast, biscuit, and a touch of dark chocolate. Bourbon and vanilla notes complement the big malt bill nicely, medium bitterness. Alcohol notes are pleasant and warming, no harshness. Full body, low-medium carbonation, smooth on the palate. Excellent brew, very rich and complex. JStax (6462) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Poured from a bottle thanks to storminorman. Thanks! Pours a dark, translucent brown with a thin beige head of foam. The aroma is intense vanilla, wood, caramel, and tobacco. I wish I had a cigar to accompany this beer. The taste is semi-sweet with notes of vanilla, bourbon, and oak coming through. This is one delicious beer. It’s the type of beer I just don’t want to end. Too bad the bottom of my glass had to make an appearance... rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2012
22oz bottle, 2012 vintage, # 002 series, dark burgundy-red color, with a small bubbly tan head, nice sweet barley sugar, dried fruit, french vanilla oaky nose, with some fruitcake, bran muffin, toasted, caramel, biscuity, bready malt notes, and with some phenolic whiskyish barel, raisin sugar pie, toffee accents in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a nice warmth syrupy, toffeeish, dried raisin, toasted, caramelized, biscuity maltiness character, with some good bourbonish, whiskyish, wood barrel, fruitcake, barley sugar, brown sugar flavours, with a sugar pie, sponge toffee, caramel bran muffin, french toast undertone, leading towards a warming, sweet barley sugar, dried raisin fruitiness, caramel, toasted, biscuity maltiness, toffeeish, whisky wood barrel alcohol dryness finish. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2012
22oz bottle that my sister-in-law brought back from Denver, thanks Alyssa! Pours a cloudy, deep brown colored body with a bit of a ruby hue. Finger-width, frothy and creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big caramel and toffee malts with a moderate sweetness and plenty of oak and warm bourbon. Raisins, touches of vanilla, a hint of chocolate, and a leafy earth. Flavor is awesome and pretty complex. Sweeter toffee and caramel up front before the barrel comes on nicely with lots of oak. Solid vanilla note, leafy earth, raisins, coconut, and toast before the bourbon grows a bit with a light chocolate and tobacco note towards the end. Finishes smooth, warm, mostly dry, and just a tad bit sticky with the barrel thinning the body very slightly. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full body and a light carbonation. Overall, a really nice, bigger barley wine with great barrel aging. Complex and warm, but not boozy with a solid malt backing. Excellent.
ekstedt (6772) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle (bomber), courtesy of rlgk. Clear chestnut, low off-white head. Fruity, caramelly malt aroma, some chocolate, strong coconut barrel notes, clear alcohol. Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Semi dry, medium bitterness. Dazz3 (1798) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Sampled at UCTS testing. Pours brown with a small Brown head. Smells and tastes nutty, abit coffee and alot of candy malty, abit figs and sadly to much alcohol. _angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bomber courtesy of rlgk. Pours hazy deep reddish brown with a small goldenish brownish offwhite head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, biscuits, vanilla fudge, bourbon, coconut, pine, resinous wood, orange peal, alcohol, golden syrup, sweet dark bread and pine. Taste is sweet, malty and fruity with caramel, bourbon, prunes, raisins, resinous wood, orange peal, vanilla fudge, coconut, golden syrup, alcohol, sweet dark bread, pine and hints of lemon zest. Mouthfeel is sticky sweet, oily bitter, round, boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and malty with caramel, bourbon, oatmeal cookies, resinous wood, alcohol, vanilla fudge and hints of roasted coconut. rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle at USA comes to Skövde. Clear amber beer with a small beige head. Malty bready aroma, biscuits, vinous, figs, dades, warming alcohol, caramel, raisins, solvent notes. Caramel flavor, boozy, biscuits, vinous, figs, rubber notes, hay, nuts, vinous, raisins, dades, bready, some toffee. A bit too boozy. larsniclas (7067) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Sampled at USSkovde
Dark amber. Almost no head.
Vinous bourbon, sweet dried fruits and notes of chocolate and coconut.
A bit too much alcohol.