czlowiekmotyka (576) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 16, 2018 illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Well it is a positive surprise. It is not a hop driven BW it is super hard caramel/toffee bourbon brew. My only wish if it was thicker. Erzengel (9764) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2018
Shared at tasting @ Koelschtrinker's place. Great malty smooth beginning. Very soft, smooth. Malt, honey, wood. Extreme dense, deep. Caramel, molasses, wood, honey. Fantastic balanced. Not too much wood, the beer is in the foreground, fantastic deep and dense. Long malty deep fantastic dark woody thick rich and not too sweetish aftertaste. More than fantastic! Zlotta (4149) - Hagen, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2018 Sampled from 0.65 l bottle as 'Abacus', bottled in 2011. Clear, dark reddish brown with a beige head. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity and a little oxidized aroma of molasses, raisins, prunes and some vanilla. Very sweet, malty, slightly fruity and a little oxidized taste of molasses, raisins, prunes and vanilla, followed by a medium long, moderately bitter, quite warming and pretty boozy finish. Medium to full body, oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Quite nice, but even after such a long time still too hot. A bit disappointing, not overly complex, just very intense, moaning on a high level though. Koelschtrinker (22076) - KÃ¶ln (Cologne), GERMANY - JAN 13, 2018
Stark alkoholischer, holzig-würziger Antrunk. Dunkel alkoholisch-würzig, eher monoton, kräutrig, trockener Hintergrund. Mittellanger Nachhall. Ok, nichts Besonders. 8/9/8/9/13/9 applejax (1) - USA - JAN 4, 2018 does not count
Leaving it in its box, I put it in the garage for a bit under an hour to cool it off. I wanted it cool not cold, but hey, It's 19 degrees over here.
I pulled it from the insulating temperature-regulating box and cool it was. Popped the cap, poured into a snifter, and took a nice big whiff.
Smell is strong brown sugar and some following dark fruit as they are frequently found together. I got no problem with that. In fact, I rather like it. A touch of trailing alcohol if you pay attention.
Taste is moderate sweet, caramel up front, brown sugar, maybe some chocolate; with a small hit of alcohol bitter on the end, mixing with some of that brown sugar lingers. There's an earthy-woodiness going on, most noticeable just before the alcohol on the end. It's not boozy, but it's there and it balances the upfront sweetness.
Full mouthfeel, but not thick or syrupy.
Appearance: looks fine. Whatever. 7
Smell: love that brown sugar: 8
Taste: complex and well blended: 8.5
Mouthfeel: medium-heavy without being tiresome: 7.5
Overall: Excellent, sip and enjoy: 8
It's almost like a touch of quad on top of a super smooth barleywine. More barleywine characteristics come out at the end. Don't rush this one, sip and enjoy.
Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2017
Light brown, no head, lots of malts. Has a nice pale syrup character, touch of wood but nuance? Not so much. Johnstledger8 (1409) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 18, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2017 Bottle. Pours a dark opaque murky red with a fading light beige bubbly head. Aroma is of red fruits, plums, berries, figs, caramel, bourbon, vanilla. Taste is of vanilla, plum, treacle, bourbon, light bitterness, dark fruits, figs, raisins. Sticky oily mouthfeel, viscous, soft to medium carbonation. rejtable (2890) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2017
Bottle from Jason 2017 Xmas gathering. Pours plum brown with some head and some lacing. Notes of leather, syrup, tea. Medium bitter, big sweet. Oily mouth with low carbonation. islay (3121) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2017
Tiny pour from a bottle at a tasting. Consumed on 9-23-17. Pours a hazy dark amber with beige head. Very nice, malty, leathery aroma. Wonderful, delicious taste features flavors of vanilla and chocolate. Boozy. Full body. 220.127.116.11.17=>4.1 Chalumeaux (1850) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2017
Poured from 22oz bottle 2015 vintage 11th Anniversary celebration beer. Pours clear deep amber not much carbonation nice lacing. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, cocoa powder, sweet coconut, fudge and toffee. Nice caramel toffee maple syrup crème brûlée character. Light overall bitterness, some tannins coming out in the finish. Totally enjoyable. Wonderful beer.