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 That1Guy (2241) - Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Crushed with Honkeybra. What a beer. Bomber pours clear brown with basically no head. This beer appeals to me in so many ways. Light barrel character and dominated by oak, vanilla, and overall awesomeness. A superior beer. onedawger (60) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Clear dark mahogany ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The aroma is a decadent swirl of singed caramel, light molasses, pouch tobacco and vanilla. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and airy carbonation. The flavor is boozy, caramely and loaded with bourbon. Finishes bittersweet - then the malty sweetness sticks around a good while. Countbeer (6589) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2014 Bottle:
Thanks to Womencantsail & Joes:
Some creamy brown bubbles on top of a deep dark amber colored beer.
The aroma of this beer is so balanced: lots of creamy syrup barrel aged barley malts. Just really smooth, thick and creamy.
The flavour is another superb thing, wow: full creamy rich barley malts, creamy oatmeal, spicy, vanilla, some liquor, cream, some raisin, light hint of hops, some wood and woody spices, lots of soft smooth creamy barleys and deep and balanced.
A desert kind of aftertaste: sticky sweet bitter with loads of creamy barley malts.
Low carbo, soft creamy mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture.
Extreme well balanced! Bombastic! nyindiansfan (465) - rochester, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle pours a deep Brown hint of red in light. Maybe 1/16" of tan head. Smells and taste of molasses bruwn sugar raisins bourbon vinillia sweet. Warms as it goes down your throat. Not as hot as I expected. Fairly mellow. It’s a good beer however maybe a tad too sweet. Would I want it again prob not however I enjoyed every sip.
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2012
A clear dark brown colored beer, with almost no head. The aroma of vanilla, wood, dark fruits and alcohol. The taste of dark fruits, vanilla, wood and burning alcohol. The aftertaste has some gentle bitter, sweet fruits and burny alcohol. A great beer. yespr (49173) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2012
22 fl oz bottle, thanks to the US ticker brigade at Borefts :). Pours clear and golden brown with a small tan head. Aroma is smoothmalty, caramelish and wooden to vanilla bourbon. Smooth malty, caramelish and bourbon vanilla. Mellow, roasted, caramelish and toffee with vanilla. Lingering smooth malt and caramelish. Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle at home for my Birthday! Pour is dark cola in appearance with a small brown head and good lacing. Huge malt in the aroma. Bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, cocoa, raisins, coconut, and coffee. Taste is heavy with barrel characteristics wood, bourbon, rum, and vanilla. Very sweet upfront with notes of caramel, candi sugar, plums, toffee, and molasses leading to a smooth middle, ending with a slight alcoholic burn on the finish. Sticky and mouth-coating mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The alcohol is not present, except for a light burn on the finish, however, it is thoroughly enjoyable, like a fine bourbon. Just so much going on in this beer, dark fruit, oak, cocoa, sweet syrup and espresso. Sweet yet roasty; super smooth for +13% ABV. Well-done! joes (154) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2012
sample @ Borefts ’12 (thanks to womencantsail). Dark red-brown beer, dark beige head. Nice aroma of roasted malts, coffee, bourbon/vanilla, quite sweet. Well balanced taste, on the sweet side, with roasted malts, molasses, sweet coffee, some licorice, alcohol, vanilla. Light silky mouthfeel. Good. madsberg (11825) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2012
Bottled. Dark burgundy coloured. Dense light brown head. Aroma: Ripe fruits, spice, sweetness, vanilla. Flavour. Chocolate, ripe fruits, alcohol, vanilla, bourbon barrels, sweetness, vague molasses. Medium to full bodied. Ends smoothly sweet and light bitter. Very nice.