BelgianBeerGal (4256) - 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 (805) - 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 (3930) - 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 (5677) - 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.
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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.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2012
In short: The archetypical American Barley Wineshrubber85 (11710) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2012
How: Bottle, consumed 8 months after purchase, split 4-way
The look: Cloudy bronze body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose has a moderate barrels presence and leafy hops over rich caramel. Taste starts with a wicked big rich caramelized malt backbone, just enough fruity flavors to increased complexity, vanilla, wood, toasted nuts and toasted cookies, enough resinous leafy hops to almost balance this monster beer. Alcohol is a little apparent but seems rather fitting to warm up this monster body. Huge body that doesn’t feel cloying or too heavy. This is a superior example of the style. The problem with this excellent beer is the hefty price tag, too pricey to make it a regular, and I wish I could make more money at work but so far I have failed to find a way to sleep my way to the top.
Tap at DLD12. Whiskey, prune malt, and hay aroma. Hazy brown color with minimal head. Sweet prune malt and woody bourbon flavor. A nice beer. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2012
On tap at Dark Lord Day 2012. Sweet, boozy, oaky vanilla aroma. Murky brown with a small head. Syrupy sweet, boozy, oak, vanilla, prune flavor. Full sticky body. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
Bottle shared at Dark Lord Day 2012 (Munster, IN). Pours a rich darker browninsh hue, deep with good lacing. Dies down to a film, small lacing. Aromas are rich spirit, bourbon and sweet caramel and toffee malts, touches of toast, vanilla, shaved coconut, oak. Gentle spirit, some sweet oxidation. Initial is sweeter and thicker, rich toffee and caramel, rich oak and spirit, gentle kisses of toast. Some warming elements. Initial is sweeter, toffee and caramel up front break way into toast, barrel elements, vanilla, and coconut, warming spirits grow. Spirit as it thins the body, warms the belly. Bourbon and whiskey, vanilla, oak, and toffee. Some sticky elements stick into the backend. Well balanced if a growing warmth into the back that might get a touch harsh. Still, it gives character and wins me over. Solid beer, light carbonation, good flavors and body. m4rest88 (390) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - APR 28, 2012
pours a dark amber hue with a small white head that is mostly diminishing
aroma of dark fruits malt, molasses, soy sauce, alcohol
flavor is the same but with a chocolate after taste - unsweetened chocolate
thick mouthfeel with light carbonation
an amazing brew