Alengrin (5891) - BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2018 dreddy (17) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wooden Hell pours an attractive chestnut-amber body with a nice depth to the hazy hue. The manila head vanishes quickly, leaving a thin wisp of foam on top. Rich nutty caramel and toffee sweetness greets the nose, followed by earthy hops and dried fruit notes of fig and prune. A flash of boozy bourbon, but more subtle than most. No real signs of oxidation--I think it’s safe to say this beer is holding up well.
The flavor is something to fawn over. Gooey caramel candies coat the palate; beneath that are layers of butterscotch and dusty chocolate crumbles. Booze tastes sharp and still quite green despite Wooden Hell’s age. Whisky wood and vanilla linger on the finish, but the heat is nicely restrained. Carbonation is tight, making for a creamy mouthfeel that keeps the thick body in check. Both spritzy and vinous on the finish with a flash of alcohol. No overpowering heat, cloying sweetness, or laboriously thick body. Everything is in perfect balance in this beer. Amazing stuff, worth the hype. Thanks again Chuck (thickfreakness)!
American style barleywine from a craft brewery in Illinois, from a 65 cl bomber of half a year old. Creamy, moussy, eggshell-white, more or less stable head with slowly dissipating middle, hazy coppery bronze colour with amber hue. Aroma of bread crust, dried orange peel, marmelade, honey liqueur, candied peach, cognac, apricot, white pepper, bourbon, strawberry, peanuts. Sweet onset, marmelade and candied fig, yellow raisins, sourish citrus peel-ish undercurrent, softish carbo, oily and sufficiently vinous mouthfeel, resinous. Bready malt body with ongoing candied orange element, pumpernickel bread, honeyish residual sweetness; resiny, fruity, hop bitter finish, dried mango, orange peel again, lot of warming bourbon-like alcohol, warming and perhaps a tad too boozy, but not overly wry. Very decent in its style, should be able to age well. JefVerstraete (3746) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2017
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks! Dark brown colour, beige foam. Sweet nose of vanilla, bourbon, sweet dried fruit, plums. Boozy and alcoholic but nice warming sipper. phaleslu (10898) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2017
22 oz. bottle shared by Stefan - thanks again! Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a small off-white head that settles into a thin ring. Notes of oak, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, leather, subtle spice, toffee, vanilla, and dried fruit, leaning into the barrel's warmth and wood, and also offering subtle tannins. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a boozy, sweet mouthfeel. I actually liked this more than the rest of the crowd that night. I think maybe it had the burden of years of expectations and it was our first go-round with the rebrew, but I think it was pretty damn good. koleminer20 (4171) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2017
From notes. Enjoyed at FoBAB 2017 (3rd session) in Chicago on November 11. The pour is s medium amber color with a thin egg shell colored ring of head and a couple spots of lace as the level drops. The aroma is interesting. There is a lot malt sweetness up front. The caramel really shines through, but there is a growing bitterness. The barrel adds a little complexity, but the finish is definitely a bit too hoppy for my blood. The flavor is much of the same. There is a pretty hearty barrel on this one with a light caramel sweetness and a pretty stout hop bitterness that just prevents it from fully rounding out. The mouth feel is more of a medium body with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly bitter hop and smooth oak with a pretty good balance of hearty booze. This is interesting, but overall disappointing from what I was hoping to get from it. 7 4 6 4 14 JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2017
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours clear amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of malt, bourbon and caramel. Malty and caramelly flavor with dry hop accents before a bourbon finish.
markextrae (4586) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2017
Bottle thanks to Alex. 2017 Amazing sweet aroma of sticky toffe notes, marzipan, sweet bourbon, butterscotch, charred coconut and caramel. Big sticky mouthfeel. Life Homer321 (5248) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2017
Bottle with huge thanks to Alum. Nose is chewy caramel and leather with light cinnamon. Faint bark, wood, vanilla. Moderate booze. Amazing smell. Cloudy, deep red to brown. Medium sized khaki head. Taste is a sweet, caramel, lightly chewy, moderate tannin and wood. Aroma is more complex than taste but a great beer nonetheless. Perfect hop and malt balance _angst_ (5009) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2017
Bottle received in trade. Many thanks Brandon, have always wanted to try this. 2017 vintage. Hazy amber pour with a small frothy khaki head. Intense bourbon nose with plenty of toffee, vanilla fudge, coconut & a hint of grassy hops. Sweet, bitter & malty taste. Soft, round & tiny astringent mouthfeel. Lovely balanced barrel aged barley wine. Not in any way vulgar and in every way just plain delicious. Wish I had another few bottles to age. RobertDale (6983) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 25, 2017
650 ml. bottle. Thanks Al. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a very small tan head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, and bourbon. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and barrel. Excellent Barley Wine. jsquire (4666) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2017
Deep reddish amber color with a sticky foamy beige head. Great nose of bourbon barrel, ripe fruit and warming alcohol. So rich. Buttery bourbon taste with raisin, over ripe fruit, and oak. Really well balanced big ba barley wine.