slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle. Maple syrup and vanilla notes nose. Deep brown. Wow. Just, wow. this is one of the most interesting things I’ve ever tasted. The first sensation is pure maple syrup but without the sweetness. Chocolate, toffee, and caramel comes next. Silky and sticky and smooth. Possibly one of the best beers I’ve ever had. Errl (2577) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Bottle shared at RBWG- Nose is vanilla,chocolate, dark candy...Taste is wood, vanilla, chocolate, light alcohol and malts..Palate is thick and bold..Damn i love this beer Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
S: slightly opaque, garnet, rusty
A: strong boozy nose, rich sweet vanilla, maybe even a little tart cherry
T: solid oak, bourbon, mellow vanilla, sweet & sour, as beer warms, less sweet & more tart
O: a fantastic brew, one of the best from GI, this beer rocks
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Bottle into a snifter. I’m glad I didnt share this one. brown with little head. Aroma is vanilla, dried dark fruits, coconut, brown sugar, and bourbon. Flavor is sweet ( but not cloying) with brown sugar, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, dates, figs and a little bit of chocolate. Very little carbonation and full body. This is so smooth. If you like heavy, sweet and indulgent barleywines, it does not get much better than this. Very impressive. Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Deep brown pour with a small head. Aroma is chocolate, wood spice, alcohol, and bread. Taste is Chocolate, alcohol, and Christmas cookies.
dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Huge thanks to dcschiller. Pour is mahogany with a quickly disappearing khaki head. Aroma is cocoa powder, maple, brown sugar, dates, dried fig, and crancherry. Flavor is just as complex with additional notes of burnt caramel/toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Overall body is moderate to full and finishes with some boozy warmth. I must say that this one definately exceeded my expectations. tkrjukoff (4334) - SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2012
Courtesy of pantanap. Pours murky maho no head. Aroma is great fruity raisins fidges malty plus the great bourbon imp stout from barrels. Flavor is a fantastic mix of same as aroma, great bw, imp stout, totally different. Finishes longlived fruity malty and warming alcohol. gorditoabd (637) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Bomber shared by Justin in DC. Pours dark like it was an imperial stout. Almost no foam, just a lacing around the edges of the glass. Aroma is like a rum cake, loads of bread and booze, but not overwhelming. Taste is shockingly smooth. There’s a definite ABV burn, but it is so well blended with the rest that it is only a strong suit. This is truly the BEST barley wine I’ve ever had. Amazing. PhillyCraft (8006) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
UPDATED: APR 12, 2012 Bottle, thanks again to Brad for hooking this up. Pours a deep, and dark brown shade. Head was small to medium with a decent amt of lacing. Lightly carbonated and velvety in texture. Aromas are circus peanuts(bannana sweetness), vanilla, oak, bourbon, cloves, caramel, cinnamon, blueberries, and other sugary goodness. Flavor is similiar with vanilla bean, bannana, buttery oak, toffee, cheesecake. Pleasantly warming, and perfectly balanced for a 13.4% beer. I think this is what the Rare will be more like after another year or two of aging. Rare was way too hot but this is easily the best goose island beer I have tried. Cheers. xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
A - Dark mahogony, opaque in glass, decent legs.
S - Graham crackers, molasses, vanilla, oak, toffee, and light alcohol. This is what a BA barleywine should smell like.
T - Burnt brown sugar, vanilla, oak. Less barrel than the nose and pretty sweet, but that’s how I like my BA barleywines.
M - medium to full body with creamy carb.
O - An outstanding beer from GI. I’d really like to have this next to MoaS, but this already has an edge for price point and availability.