meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2012
[email protected]jackl (8555) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Very boozy aroma, raisin, caramel aroma. Deep red, small beige head, no lace. Sweet, hint of fruity sourness, bitterness?, caramel,. toffee, raisin, complex. Full, sticky. Wonderful.
Bottle @ THE Barley Wine Tasting. Cheers deeblo. The pour’s deep brown with a medium white head. The nose is sweet bourbon, some tangy mandarin orange, cocoa-covered cherry. The taste is quite sweet - plenty of chocolate cake, frosting, plenty of vanilla-spiked wood and toasted shredded coconut. Heavy, sweet but soft body. Thick. Overall, this incorporated some more exotic flavors than some of the other barley wines at the tasting (orange peel etc). I liked this very much. Scopey (16262) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 2012 bottle, thanks to Bruce at THE Barley Wine Tasting, August 2012. It pours deep brown, with a small beige head. The nose is bourbon, vanilla, light coconut, wood, earth and creamy milk chocolate. The taste is raisin, currant, cherry, toast, big oak aspect, charred wood, coffee, bourbon, alcohol warmth, toffee, milk chocolate, cream and brown sugar, with a bitter-sweet finish. Full body, fine carbonation and slightly oily mouth-feel. A well made and flavoursome barrel-aged barley wine. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Time to see how this one stacks up to Parabola...it’s a cool, pleasant day for July standards, so why not?
A: Pours a dark ruby color with some hints of sediment hiding in the dark body. The head starts off as a one finger heavy cream color, before fading into an extremely thin ring in no time flat. Not the prettiest beer by any stretch, but it works well enough.
S: Nicely complex - darker fruits, some orange flesh, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, sherry (I saw a little rust on the cap, might be a sign of oxidation), and booze. I have to give points for its interesting aromatic qualities, even if all the notes aren’t quite my cup of tea.
T: Strong dark chocolate, coconut, and vanilla notes comprise the flavor on its initial sips. The bourbon barrel qualities are the best part of the experience - which is good, because the barrel infuence kind of overpowers the barleywine itself. Caramel, toffee, tobacco, and dark fruit intermingle with the barrel flavors, with different sips accentuating the barleywine and barrel at different intervals. It’s balanced nicely. The finish lacks staying power; a little more in the way of lingering residual sugar would be welcomed here, though some caramel notes can be found on the aftertaste. Overall, it’s enjoyable and decently complex - but also pretty damn disappointing.
M: It suffers the same problem as Parabola, it’s too thin and overcarbonated. This one seems to warm the orifices with booze a little more than its sister, and the feel lacks the richness and decadence I wanted it to feature. On the plus side, it’s easy to drink/sip this one. This one improves as it warms up (both in flavor and mouthfeel), though it becomes boozier, as well. Best course of action? Serve it from the fridge, and let it warm up a bit before drinking, so the oaky tannins help provide a decent lingering dryness before the booze becomes too evidently expressive.
O: Did someone say hype? The barrel flavors imparted into this are fantastic, but the beer itself fell WAY short in comparison. Altogether, it makes this one good, but it sure as hell isn’t the end all be all. I’d still bite the $17 bullet again, if only because I want to see how future batches compare.
Comparing Sucaba to Parabola, the latter wins handily, though that might be due to my bias towards imperial stouts talking. Note to self: find out what brand of bourbon barrels FW use, because I’m really liking the general bourbon flavors the two beers impart, more than the base beers, in fact. I still finished the whole bottle in a sitting - that must mean Sucaba did something right for my tastebuds. lusikka (7833) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
650 ml bottle @ vPBF 2012.
oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
Pours a dark amber colour with a small head on the edges. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla and some wood. Flavour of strong malts, caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, wood and floral hops. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a long, warming, malty and dry woody finish. Really pleasant and quite a sipper.
[email protected]TBone (18552) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
Deep ambery colour, close to black, small beige head. Aroma is alcohol, some sweet malts, mild toffee and some slight chocolaty notes. Flavour is sweet malts,raisins, toffee and some mild alcohol.
Bottled 650ml (vPBF, alc. 12.5%, vintage 2012)laiti (8531) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
Deep ruby color, small beige head. Strong vanilla aroma with raisiny fruity notes. Full-bodied. Vanilla, alcohol, rye bread, raising. Too much alcohol right now, otherwise quite good.
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2016 olio (10673) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
65 cl bottle vintage 2012 (12,5%) @ vPBF
Aroma is sweetish with raisins, some caramel and vanilla. Flavour is sweet with lots of raisins, caramel, vanilla and harsh malt. Some warming alcohol in the finish. Very good, could even improve with some time.
65 cl bottle vintage 2014 (13,5%) @ VastActiv. Bottle #501287 Thanks tiong!
Aroma has sweet fruits and vanilla. Feels heavy. Flavour has alcohol, vanilla, woody tones, ripe fruits and some raisins. Not as hoppy as I remembered, but a complex & massive slow sipper. Also, no harsh malt this time. Alcohol is a bit too present here still though.
65 cl bottle @ vPBF.tiong (7739) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
Pours deep dark ruby red color with small head on the sides. Aroma of ripe fruits, caramel, mild vanilla, bourbon notes, raisins, plums and some toffee. Flavor of ripe fruits, caramel, toffee, mild bourbon and vanilla flavors and some alcohol burn on the finish. Could have aged nicely and maybe should have been aged a bit more before tasting. Still quite excellent.
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2014 660ml bottle @ vPBF
Pours dark reddish brown with a small head.
Aroma of raisins, strong malty notes, vanilla, oak, hints of sherry and spices.
Taste is sweet syrup, raisin, malts, vanilla, tobacco, ash, oak, wooden notes,
Strong malty and sweetish finish with notes of vanilla, fruits, oak, vanilla and spices. Quite complex and tasty barley wine. Not overly sweet, but well balanced and tasty. 4.1
Re-rated on 22.11. 2014 vintage. Smooth and exquisite barley wine. This is probably slightly fresher than the last bottle. Really really good.