CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2012
2011 Bottle "Abacus" thanks to vtafro: Pours a clear deep copper amber with a clingy-lacing off-white head. Has a rich sweet caramelized sugar nose with good bourbon vanilla character and light fruity complexity. Starts with a rich, full body and light carbonation with plenty of initial sweetness revealing lots of complex brown sugar, vanilla and raisin flavors with a splash of bourbon before a slightly warming semi-sweet finish. Hides the alcohol fairly well and has good balance of flavors throughout. pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Nose of fruit and caramel. Dark ruby pour. Figs, bourbon, vanilla bean and a hint of oak. Big alcohol on the back end. Lasting warmth and burn to finish. Sweet and complex, this is one I’m going to hoard. User29624 (1683) - - MAY 12, 2012
Bottle. I knew this was going to be a serious beer. Pour murky brown with a tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, dark fruit. Very sweet and there is vanilla in the flavor as well. Well done. PhillyCraft (7219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
On tap at Firestone Walker event with David Walker at Capones. Pours a deep deep murky crimson brown. Barely any head or lacing. Aromas are very impressive due to the three year aging in heaven hill bourbon barrels. Aromas of vanilla, oak, chocolate malt hints. Taste is so layered and rich with toffee, black cherry, candy sugar, caramel, toasted coconut. Boozey but I wouldnt expect anything else for a 12%+ barley. Aftertaste is bready, sweet malts, and slightly smokey tobacco. Amazing barleywine. beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2012 Bottle. Pours a nice dark amber color with a tan head. Aroma is super complex filled with barrel notes, I get lots of coconut and oak, bourbon like notes, vanilla, dark fruits, tobacco, toasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is equally complex and again filled with coconut and wood, I get vanilla, dark fruits, brown sugar, tobacco, toasted malt, chocolate, dark cherry and vinous notes. The body is full with a creamy mouth feel. Overall an amazing Barley Wine, probably the best I have ever had. FW never sizes to amaze me!
BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2012
I thought I had this back when it was Abacus but I guess the database doesn’t lie...bottle shared at pre-DLD evening. Tasty with big notes of vanilla and coconut. Way too easy drinking for 13 ABV. BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Bomber. Dark fruit and cherry mixed with alcohol and spice. A hint of chocolate. Sticky sweet finish with light bitterness. The sweetness gets to be a bit overwhelming. kryon (3549) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2012
Vintage bottle bought in July 2011 at the Jug Shop in San Francisco.
Pours brown with no to low head
Aromas of caramel, roasted barley, vanilla, tobacco???, pepper
Mmm. This is good! A lot of vanilla, some bitterness and sweetness,...
This is a beer thst starts and ends the same. High sweetness, low bitterness, nice mouthfeel. Wow! Easily the best barley wine ive had! Ktwse (4881) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
Pours reddish brown with minimal tan head. Nose is caramel, barley, toffee, alcohol, vanilla. Taste is, well, first of all, absolutely brilliant! Opens up very sweet but with a subtle, and important, bitter backbone. Alcohol clearly present throughout. Slightly smoked barrel tones. Mouthfeel is incredible, very thick and rich. Best barley wine I've had.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Brother Jeff supplied in Peteluma. He didn’t like, too sweet. Is a bit cloying, and pretty warm with alcohol. Molasses and cherry, dark, very malty, and yes, sweet, hint of bubblegum. Close my eyes and this could be a port. Thick, light sourness lingers on palate, very nice.