tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle @ rlgkís tasting. Pours clear red mahogany with a small bubbly tanned head. Aroma is raisins port wine toasted malty fruity slightly acidy vinous a bit spicy. Flavor is sweet velvety malty bitter alcohol raisins vanilla spicy a bit astringent almonds nutty. Finishes bitter alcohol nutty. Boutip (6312) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle: Poured a medium clear amber color ale with a small foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bourbon and corn is very deep with some sweet caramelized malt notes. Taste is a very rich mix between some bourbon notes with light corn ester and some deep caramelize sugar. Bourbon is intense though not too much too ruin the balanced though vanilla notes are harder to distinguish. Residual sugar is also not too overwhelming and some attenuation remains to keep some kind of balance into this big beer. Well done and something I would have again. colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Very smooth! Dark amber. Nice head retention. Bready sweet malts on the nose. Quite good. Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle at home, from my Minneapolis Town Hall glass. Pours nearly opaque russet, with a tawny flash. Nose is not bourbon, loads of toffee, caramel, smoke, and barrel. Very sticky but very excellent nose. Flavours of big bourbon cask, a bit hot, but with surprising balance and weight. Big, bourbony, but surprisingly pleasant to drink! portableparty (2345) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle shared by BVery. Pours a oily brown black that looks copper and leaves a tight khaki wispy film. Aroma is awesome vanilla woodiness and sweet candied sugar malt and hidden whiskey scents. Taste is more sweet malty vanila wood and shows a awesome caramel maltiness and subtle spice bitterness. Palate is full and slick with a drying finish. Fucking awesome!
BVery (10297) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle. Cola pour with minimal head. Caramel and oak, vanilla, some peat. Oh man this is yummy. Moderate body. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
2012 vintage. Dark brown pour with ruby tinges and a gentle, mostly fading beige foam. Deep, sugary, very fruity and rich nose where an intense fig perfume comes across as jammy to the max and holding nutty, earthy, highly toasty nuances. In mouth, the first thing to hit me is that despite the focused fruit in the aroma, there is very little acidity at play here. Synchronously, there is very little bitterness involved. It makes for a beer that is certainly rich, but tiresome in its intense vanilla-laden sugaryness that does not convey quite the humongous depth these very sweet beers need to be successful on my palate. Were it veering more towards a sourish vinous character, Iíd dig as itís full palate and self-assuming soft carbonation are spotless. At the same time, while itís a 12.5% offering, I should not expect a subtle alcohol presence I guess, but here, it is fairly invasive, accentuating the caramelly angles with a blast of heat, one that becomes more and more apparent as the beer warms up. Plenty of dried fruit sugars in the finish, one that lasts and keeps warming up. Well... it sure got some merits and that brewer generally has one of the most trustworthy names in the business, but an average above 4 when there are so little of those strikes me as surprising. Niko100 (2889) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Dark brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, oak, vanilla, & dark fruit; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, oak, caramel/toffee, spicy hops, dark fruit, vanilla, and some licorice; Warm finish; Nicely balanced and complex; Really good barleywine. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Split this with my Dad at the family Labor Day party. It was the first cold day after Summer and just screamed to be opened. Bottled 2/18/2011. Bomber poured in a cervoise goblet.
A: Pours a dark mahogany with the slightest light tan head popping up in the pour. That quickly leaves to a ruby hued bubbling mass.
S: There are so many great smells wafting out of my glass right now. Great dark fruits, some raisins, figs, and dates, with the nice woodiness of the barrel shining through. There is a slight vanilla sweetness and a little boozy back.
T: The taste is like the nose, but much better. The barrel comes through much more with a great oakiness and sweet vanilla combination. The dark fruits I smelled are present here as well, but take a back seat to everything else going on. There is heat present from the alcohol, but it is wonderfully integrated and not overpowing in the least bit. It finishes with a light, semi-sweet chocolate.
M: Medium to heavy bodied. This is very smooth and has a great coating quality that leaving you wanting more. There is little carbonation, but itís a perfect amount. Very warming on the way down.
O: This lived up to my expectations indeed. Iíve read the threads about this fading and I just laughed as I was drinking this. To me it was great and the combination of flavors, especially the barrel qualities, really did this for me. Iím glad Iíve got some more in the cellar.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-07-2011 robforbes (2235) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2012
what a nice brew for my 1500th rating!
pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, a small beige head that dissipates, and a slight lacing that hangs out for a while.
smell is of wood, bourbon, caramel, barley, a little sweetness, belgian chocolate, and some brown sugar.
taste is a little sweet, caramel, a little chocolate, oak, coffee, grain, molasses, and dark fruit. ends sticky. overall very well done.