burg326 (5482) - Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2012
22 ounce bottle, poured a reddish brown color, aromas of dark pitted fruit, vanilla, charred wood, bourbon, toffee, and some chocolate. Flavors were the same, but each played well off each other. This beer was amazing, glad I was able to land a bottle of this and share with my friends, it was extremely smooth, and the flavors paired extremely well with each other. ekstedt (6780) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle (bomber), courtesy of _angst_. Clear chestnut, low head. Nutty and caramelle with dark chocolate, coconuts, vanilla and alcohol. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Semi sweet, low to medium salty bitterness. _angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bomber received in trade. Thank you Pandableh! Pours dark reddish brown with a small head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with biscuits, bourbon, vanilla fudge, roasted coconut, sweet liquorice candy, caramel, raisins, figs, sweet dark bread, charred wood and hints of brandy. Taste is sweet and malty with caramel, vanilla fudge, charred wood, sweet liquorice candy, bourbon, prunes, raisins in rum, toffee, biscuits, lemon zest, alcohol, coconut, lemon zest and hints of slightly dry grass. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, creamy, silky, tiny boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet and tiny bitter with caramel, toffee, prunes, raisins in rum, vanilla fudge, sweet liquorice candy, coconut, alcohol and biscuits. Crazy good! Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
(Bottle) Pours deep mahogany reddish brown with small head. The aroma holds smooth caramel, fudge, toffee, complex dark fruits (figs, prunes, plums and raisins), woodshop, vanilla, milk chocolate, whisper of tart red/blue berries, glue (björnklister), mild house paint, marzipan, nuts and cream cheese. Round and well-structured nose. The flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic with notes of round/fat caramel malt, fudge, balanced barrel aging, earthy dark fruits and so much more. The mouthfeel is fat, round, smooth and sticky with a light carbonation. Lingering caramelly and woodsy finish. Full bodied. rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle at USA comes to Skövde. Deep amber beer with a small head. Malty aroma, vinous, hazelnuts, raisins, dades, plums, woody, oak, bourbon, caramel, figs, hay, brown sugar, apples, toffee, licorice, warming alcohol. Raisin flavor, dades, figs, brown sugar, nuts, plums, apples, tobacco notes, caramel, licorice, warming alcohol, vanilla, bourbon, oak, hay, brown sugar, toffee, milk chocolate, prune, vinous. Just amazing!
larsniclas (7075) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Sampled at USSkovde
Dark brown. Almost no head.
Sweet malty, and pretty salty aroma. Sweet, dried fruits, mostly prune.
Dark sweet fruits n the flavour; figs, port, oak. Dazz3 (1798) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Sampled at UCTS testing. Pours hazy brown with a small brown head. Smells abit roasted and caramell malty. Tastes creamy, nutty caramel malty. Very well balanced and almost no alcohol finish. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2012
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a thin layer of frothy khaki-tan head. The head fades very quickly leaving behind very little lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramelized malts, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, English yeast, brown sugar, molasses, and some booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramelized malts with some raisin and other dark fruits with some brown sugar and vanilla. Through the middle, Bourbon and oak comes through with some molasses, more residual sugars, and some more English yeast character comes through. The finish is a mix of rich caramelized malts, dark fruit, residual sugars, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, and booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate-mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Good bold malt barleywine with the barrel character adding some fantastic complexity and the body keeping everything perfectly balanced. deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 17, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2013 A - pours very dark almost orange brown with no head. S - very powerful burbon and grains(read dog food) notes of raisin bread, bread pudding. Very desserty. Tiramisu. M - full bodied nice full complex palate. Nice alcohol warming. No carb. T - burbony molasses , tiramisu, creme brulee, vanilla, molasses. Graham crackers, vanilla, and syrup. Very sweet, but not too sticky. O - very good, strong sweet burbony goodness. 8 Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2012
22 oz. bottle split with my dad. Bottled October 8, 2011 with an 0744 marking after that. Not sure if it’s bottle number or not. Served in a Deschutes snifter.
A: Pours an opaque black with some brown hues mixed in. When the light hits it just right you get deep plum like edges. A thin tan head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin collar. Once the beer is consumed it starts to take on a beautiful ruby color towards the end of the glass.
S: Bourbon soaked dark fruit and some oakiness are at the forefront of this beer. It gives way to a vanilla sweetness, some light chocolate and a little bit of toffee. Very solid, but it doesn’t really blow me away like I expected.
T: I stand corrected. The taste completely overwhelms my senses in an amazing way. Beautifully integrated bourbon mixes amazingly with the chocolate and the dark fruits. It’s like a chocolate covered raisin. Figs and raisins are most prominant with a nice oaky background, toasted malts and a subtle vanilla sweetness. Nice burnt sugar as well to give a little bitterness.
M: Full bodied with a medium to low carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky, heavy and coating that really leaves a delicious array of flavors across the palate. The ABV is non-existant. So well hidden it’s insane.
O: Drink this guy now. It’s not going to get any better. The barrel presence is so well integrated already and the ABV is extremely hidden. This is a sneaky, sneaky beer. The little of the Rare really adds an entire depth of flavors that cannot be replicated. I need more. Best barleywine I’ve ever had and I think will ever have. A huge homerun by GI.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-23-2012