illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle at Yazoo Fortuitous release. Pours deep copper brown with a beige head. Aroma of vanilla and caramel. Medium to full bodied with a slight sticky texture. Flavor of caramel and vanilla, but with a spicy bitterness and nice wood nuance. Sweet without going over the top. One of the best barleywines I have had in a long time. RedSox2004 (1970) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Hey, someone poured a Knob Creek in my Oaked Arrogant Bastard! Brown with ruby red highlights, small head and sticky oily lace. Bourbon is strong on the nose, accompanied by vanilla, coffee, and hints of chocolate and dark berries. The bourbon is gigantic on the palate, almost overwhelming the caramel malt, chocolate and dark toasted bread. Medium body, minimal carbonation, sticky mouthfeel, hot alcohol and the bourbon lingers smoothly. toxichop (598) - South Gate, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Got this at bevmo, they where jusy taking it out. It pours a very dark red with a small white head. Aroma is of caramel, alcohol, sugar and oak. Taste is of oak, toffee, sugar, plums and rasberries. Mouthfeel is stick and sweet. Overall this an excellet marriage of beer and barrels. I usually dont care for barely wines but thanks to this im gonna seek the style more. michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2013 Pours a reddish brown color, with decent head, and aroma of malt and carmel. Taste is moderately complex with notes of carmel, malt, wood, alcohol, a little vanilla and hops. Not sweet, and does have a slightly harsh bourbon and alcohol edge to it. Finish is bourbon, alcohol and bitterness, all in balance, and all lingering. A barley wine for those who dislike sweet malt or massive bitterness, and like booze. Worth trying every year, but would like just a little more complexity to this.
Update: Sampled bottles at 2 years and at 1 year. Dries out over time, and is probably best consumed young. Christian (13814) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2012
Brown with a small off-white head. Malty aroma of toffee and biscuit along with vineous dried fruit notes, some vanilla and oak. Sweet caramel and toffee dominated flavour with a creamy/milk chocolate character. Lots of oak and lots of alcohol in the finish
brew3crew (182) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Sweet vanilla and coconut. Oh so inviting. Little bit of bourbon on the mouth but follows the vanilla and coconut. Pretty amazinh hallinghansen (3416) - Odense SV, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2012
Bottle. Redish body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is sugar, caramel, dark fruit, oak, bourbon. Flavor is caramel, sugar, raisins, bourbon, dark fruit, oak. j12601 (13093) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Pouring at the Night of the Barrels on the Friday night of EBF 2012. Pours a clear ruby with a thin to medium sized beige head. Sweet malt, brown sugar. Oxidized malt, toast. Medium bodied, lots of oxidized malt. Plums and malt, toast. Lingering alcohol, plums and oxidized malt on the finish. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Sample Coles Barleywine Competition 2012. dark copper, rather flat, little head. Tons of complexity. Oak, vanilla, raisins, rich maltiness.Big big flavor. Barrel aging really shines here. Very enjoyable arkurzynski (2463) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Abacus bottle shared by motortoddhead. Deep red-brown with fading head. Awesome aroma of earthy, must oak, dark cherries, sweet caramel, toasted malt, syrup, and mild booze. Flavor is sweet cherry, plum, brown sugar, syrup, oaky goodness and finishing with light bourbon and more malt goodness. Some mild alcohol residual. Lingering cherry, vanllia. Thick and sticky. Amazing!