neepsntatties (1992) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle at a recent RB/BA bottle share. Colour... very dark brown with no head. Nose... loads of dried stone fruits, Christmas cake and treacle. Palate... a massive burst of sweetness with a plethora of dried dates, zante currants, vanilla, turbinado, light molasses and a rather dry oaky finish that does not distract from the sweet sensations rolling across the tongue. What a treat! julian (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2012
A: Dark amber, near brown, cloudy/hazy. Thin light brown head
S: Lots of dark fruit. Fig, plum, and raisin immediately spring to mind. Boozy and the scent of strong alcohol is definitely noticeable. Huge malt backbone of caramel, and toffee. Nice fruity bittering hops to balance it all out, though this does lean towards the sweeter, boozier side.
T: Pretty much follows the nose. Boozy, dark fruits, and fruity bittering. Lots of caramel and toffee malt and vanilla bourbon mellowness to balance it all out.
M: Perfect carbonation, medium mouthfeel, very sweet and smooth. Rolls off the tongue with ease. alcoholic bite is not overwhelming and the balance of sweet/boozy/bitter is right on.
O: This one will get you buzzed quick! 13.5%! Fruity, sweet, boozy and smooth. Everything you want in a BW. douglas88 (9195) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bomber shared by Craig, thanks man! Pours a deep murky brown color with a medium beige head. The aroma is huge sweet bourbon. The flavor is likewise dominated by rich sweet bourbon, very heavy, a warm and at times hot brew, some sweet sugars, light char, malty. Very big and tasty. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Tasted on draft at FoBAB 2011 and several times from bottle, this review is a combination of those experiences, although I will say that my experience with the bottled version of this beer is far superior to what I tried on draft. Pours a nearly opaque dark auburn with an average tan head that leaves spotty lace. The nose is caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, coconut, and a lightly toasted dark bread. The flavor is lightly sweet with the caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toasted coconut, toffee, and overall bourbon notes coming through nicely. The body is full and oily with average carbonation and a long finish that encompasses all of the complexity mentioned above. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Pours a deep amber brown with hints of ruby around the edges and a decent bubbly tan head that recedes quickly to a small collar.
Aroma is excellent, a mixture of sweet molasses, bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. There is also some toffee and maybe some hints of overripe dark fruits, not to mention plenty of sweet caramel malts. Wonderful nose.
Taste is even bigger than the aroma suggested, really just everything about the nose amped up with more booze in the finish. Caramel malts, toffee, coconut, leather and oak. There is less chocolate sweetness and more alcohol burn.
The mouthfeel is full bodied and as smooth as any barleywine I’ve ever had. Close to perfect feel.
This is another superb beer from GI and one of the better BA barleywines I’ve ever had. Massive, massive beer.
Sledutah (7559) - Utah, USA - FEB 6, 2012
22oz bottle from Daknole Gription79 (2891) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Appearance: Dark brown with a small beige head and some lacing
Aroma: Roasty, barrel, bourbon and vanilla
Taste: Roasted malts, woody, bourbon and vanilla
22 ounce bottle thanks to Craig. Lots of vanilla, wood, burnt sugar, malty, and hints of raisin. A great big malty/bourbony beer. What a treat, thanks Craig. Frank (4196) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
This is for those who like huge barrel character. Practically as dark as a stout. Big, sticky, w/ loads of vanilla. A slow sipper for sure. Comparable to a liqueur or port wine. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Lunch.
Pours a dark copper-caramel color with a good off-white head. The nose brings some very smooth bourbon. So smooth. Great vanilla and caramel in the background. Flavor hits smooth bourbon and light oak tannin. Body is incredibly smooth with a great bourbon character. Really delicious. Absolutely fantastic beer.
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
2011 bottle thanks to GRG1313. Great Stuff! Pours with a clear bronze hue and a tan head atop. Aromas are of brown sugar, caramelization, wood, oak, molasses, maple, barrel, vinous, cola and bourbon. Flavors show a lot of caramelization as well, bourbon barrel, cola, vanilla. Sweet but very good and somewhat balanced by alcohol and tannin (mild). Thick, light bubbles. Extremely good!