cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2012 2011 vintage. Bottle @ home, courtesy of foppa78 into my new Cigar City snifter, courtesy of markwise. Thanks guys! Very deep brown/ruby appearance with a tiny tan head that dissipates in no time. Really a nice, smooth, tobacco, fig, plum, caramel-toffee malty, somewhat sweet aroma that’s exquisite. Tobacco, date, plum, fig, dark fruity, moderate toffee, lighter caramel, fairly malty, bourbon, somewhat woody flavor. Dark fruity, cherry, plum, toffee aftertaste. No hint of the 13% booze- are you kidding me??? In a way, it kind of reminds me of HOTD Matt in its complexity. Simply unbelievable.Beerzila (7) - Sumner, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2012 does not count
2012 vintage. Bottle @ home. Last time around I was blown away by this baby, so I’m really looking forward to trying it again. Dark reddish brown appearance with a brown head without much lasting power. There’s initially some notes of booze in the nose which isn’t all that unpleasant. Besides that, rich toffee, thick caramel malts, vanilla, oak, mild to moderate bourbon, and dark fruits (fig, plum) are also noticeable in the aroma. Creamy, nutty, rich caramel/chocolate malty flavor initially that is like tasting a liquid turtle chocolate candy. More vanilla, oak, and bourbon towards the back of the mouth and despite the overall sweetness of the beer, it’s balanced incredibly well. There’s also notes of tobacco, fig, and vanilla with a warming, dessert-like finish. Simply unbelievable. Easily one of the five best beers I’ve ever had.
Dark brown color. Aroma of toasted malt, oak, vanilla. Flavor of oak, caramel/toffee, vanilla, licorice. Nicely balanced and complex; Very good barleywine.
Beer Buddy for iPhone superspak (5603) - Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2014
2000th review! Got in a trade with cyde. 22 ounce bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage, bottled on 1/9/2013. Pours lightly cloudy dark ruby brown color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big vanilla, molasses, toffee, caramel, raisin, toast, chocolate, coconut, oak, bourbon, tobacco, clove, and toast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of malt and barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge molasses, vanilla, raisin, caramel, toffee, toast, coconut, chocolate, oak, bourbon, tobacco, light clove, and toast/oak earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of molasses, vanilla, raisin, toast, caramel, toffee, coconut, chocolate, oak, bourbon, tobacco, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Insane complexity of malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a perfect malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with an very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is amazing. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely insane BA English Barelywine style. All around insane complexity and balance of malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the high ABV. Absolutely unbelievable stuff, Wow. NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Lectvay, thanks a million! Beautiful copper pour with a light beige head. Aromas of oak, bourbon, dates, raisins, brown sugar, plums, and fig. I wish I had a candle that smelled like this beer it smells incredible! Taste is sweet dark fruits at first with notes of vanilla and molasses. Slight pipe tobacco notes in there as well. Just amazing. Slightly warming from the abv in the finish but just the right amount. A true gem. AndrewGunnison (8) - - JAN 20, 2015 does not count
on draft at library ale house, no head, opaque dark Amber brown, like the color of wood, chestnut or mahogany, fig and baked prune, dark brown sugar and rich nutty oaky vanilla aromas, not boozy tho, flavor follows aroma, incredibly drinkable with a flavor that balloons outward and amplifies over time, not syrupy with good balancing carbonation
drmet (967) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2015
-pours a clear ruby with almost no,quickly dissipating head,beige in colour
-low-medium carbonation visible
vanilla,coconut,Bourbon,prunes,carame jam,brown sugar,dried orange peel,alcohol
-Vanilla,Bourbon,caramel,toffee, body,low carbonation
-alcohol quite present,naturally with 13% abv
A tad too sweet,otherwise a perfect Beer Alengrin (5376) - BELGIUM - JUL 10, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2015 Renowned American barley wine, with creamy, moussy, light greyish beige head, breaking in instants; colour hazy copper with ruby hue. Powerful and enchanting bouquet of sweet cherries soaked in brown rhum, ruby port, white pepper, vanilla, Hennessy cognac, candied figs, Belgian chocolates, candied orange, strawberry, oaky tannins, hints of mocha ice cream, caramel, almond, roasted coconut. Intense taste profile beginning with lots of candied, but not sticky sweetness, raisins, candied cherries, hint of orange, softly tingling carbo with velvety, vinous mouthfeel, noble sourish touch, smooth caramelly, slightly nutty with a lovely milk chocolate touch to it, while the initial candied sweetness lingers on; finish is a reprisal of all this, but with drying oaky woodiness added, a dash of citrussy hop bitterishness and of course a deep warmth of brandy- and bourbon-like alcohol, perhaps very slightly burning on the root of the tongue, but not disturbing at all; wonderful bittersweet, warming barley wine, not as hoppy as many other Americans in the style and therefore better suited in the English barley wine style, which, from what I read, is indeed the intention. Wonderful and exemplary for the style. mkujon (103) - POLAND - FEB 1, 2017
Bottle tasting at DobryZbeer
Strong Dark Cherry notes, with a sweet bite that balances out the high alcohol notes. Some vanilla and toffi taste. Very unique and full flavored Barley Wine. PattyBat (84) - - MAR 7, 2015
Bomber poured into FW reserve glass. 2015 vintage. Beautiful maroon body with a nice off white head that dissipates. Smells of bourbon, malt, sugar and leathery tobacco. Tastes of milky coconut, thick leather polished off with some bourbon. Some heat on the tongue most likely because its a young beer. Also notes of chocolate left afterward. God, this might be the best beer I’ve ever had. beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2015
A beautiful deep blood red color with a small soapy beige head. Exquisite aroma. Powerful, full of character and complexity, and so cohesive. Jam, dark fruit, dark brown sugar, dark chocolate, along with super well integrated barrel character. Flavor follows but is not as distinctly. Lighter full body. Warm alcohol.