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 (13930) - 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 (3474) - 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 (13304) - 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 (2460) - 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! Frank (4261) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Sticky sweet barleywine with lots of bourbon character. Thick and caramelly. Another port winish BA beer Plovmand (8685) - Grindsted, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle at hallinghansen grand tasting. Pours hazy dark reddish brown with a medium off white head. The aroma is loads of dark fruits, tobacco, bourbon, vanilla and oak. The flavour is dark fruit, chocolate, oak, tobacco, berries and has some boozy notes. Dark fruity finish. Bit too boozy.