alexsdad06 (10639) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark liquid caramel brown color with a small beige head. The aroma is a delightful mix of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, fig, bourbon, vanilla and spicy rye. The flavor is much of the same; caramel, bourbon, vanilla, spicy rye, hints of dark cherry and a touch boozy. Although this was quite tasty, it seemed a bit rough when the abv reared its ugly head. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that’s completely opaque with copper edges and a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Huge barrel character in the nose with spicy, silky bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla and coconut. The strong bourbon character compliments the spicy rye and leathery malts. Slightly boozy but more bourbon than alcohol sweetness. Underneath the bourbon and rye there is some malt sweetness with hints of chocolate, caramel, toffee and hazelnut. Really nice.
Medium bodied with a really nice barrel character that overpowers the base beer without being hot or overly boozy. Could be better integrated but still tastes great. Some dry, toasted oak and vanilla as well as a very prominent, delicious bourbon presence. Spicy bourbon compliments the spicy rye lingering into a dry finish. Unfortunately, most of the base beer is overwhelmed with only spicy rye and subtle leathery malt notes. Slightly boozy but again hardly any heat. Hard to believe its 11%. As it warms, some malt and vinous fruit comes out with hints of caramel, toffee and dark fruits but they’re still overpowered by all of the bourbon flavor. Really good but lacking the complexity I was expecting. fletchfighters (1553) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2012
Thanks to Owen for popping out the 2011 and 2012 versions
This is the 2011 version
Dark, muddy orange brown color. Really wants to be clear with the edges being clear and the base of the beer very murky. Thin off white head that forms a decent collar. Lots of spotty lacing and obvious ABV legs.
Brilliant nose. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits and slight spicy rye. Just a nice mixture of flavors. Very well restrained alcohol for a year old. the 2012 I felt was very boozy in comparison.
Taste in the 2011 is a bit thin at first but picks up quickly. Bourbon is more restrained and the fruit, rye and brown sugar is more intense. Very well and masked the fruit and sugar.
Rye really picks up in the mouth and balances out the brown sugar and fruit well. Big bodied, low carbonation and very full beer with touches of spice.
Felt the 2012 needed to develop more but the 2011 was just excellent. Top notch beer. meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2013
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, had it in my cellar for about 2 years. Aroma is very complex, loads of bourbon and port, raisins in the background. Tiny beige head, brown, not much lace. Very sweet, bourbon, port, raisins, prunes, woody notes, almost no bitterness, lightly spiced though. Really really thick. Wonderful balanced, powerful, flavourful.
Bottle shared on the RBWG 2013 Bus. Rich stuff. Plenty of caramel, alcohol presence, big brown sugar. Full bodied with fine carbonation and a touch syrupy. Warming finish, rich ripe fruits, brown sugar. Good stuff. Reasonably well balanced, even with the boozy edge.
cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle in Chicago with TheAlum. Thanks Adam! Pours a murky orangish brown appearance with a thin off white head. Moderate bourbon, toffee, light molasses, mild vanilla, a bit woody aroma. Thick sweet bourbon, big toffee, fairly sweet, vanilla, a touch fruity, lightly spicy rye flavor. Tasty beer! Thanks Adam! AdamChandler (5150) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Very dark plum color. Almost flat and the cap was insanely rusted! Smells very tannic almost like a tawny port. Lots of grapes and fruity notes. No bitterness on the nose. Taste is pretty darn good. Fruity, lots of esters and cloves and honey. This is the sweetest barley wine I’ve ever had. Bourbon notes are subdued with a hint of vanilla. Scopey (15431) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle via trade, shared at Bruce’s. It pours very dark brown with a small beige head. The nose is raisin, dried fig, earth, wood, vanilla, toasted coconut, cherry skin, dirt and cocoa. The taste is smooth, earth, raisin, warming alcohol, raisin,figgy pudding, plum, prune, vanilla and oak with warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and slightly oily mouth-feel. All comes together rather well. Top quality barley wine. vyvvy (6638) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Thanks to Sarlacc83 for sharing this barleywine - Pours bronze / brown with a small off-white head. The aroma has lots of dark caramel, red fruits, licorice and cherries that are lush, but a bit biting. It has a medium / full rich body with fairly soft carbonation. The flavor begins with alcohol heat, caramel, brown sugar, lots of dark fruits, oak, graininess and rough earthiness. The finish is warm and that works for it. Solid barleywine. kermis (14478) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2016
Bottle shared. Brown with a small ring tan head. Aroma of big bourbon, vanilla, oak, fruity, big rye, light floral character, fudge, boozy but soft. Flavour is light heavy sweet. Full bodied with very soft carbonation.