Experiment_Ale (1098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2015
At my place on man’s poker night. Aroma is fuck yes amazing. Decadent beautiful raison bourbon. Taste is fuckibg amazing, fuck yeah, tasty, some sweetness, beautiful spirits. markextrae (4410) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle shared with friends. Bottled at 2011 Poured a dark brown colour with no head at all. Toffee, oak, raisins, bourbon, Carmel, toasted nuts, vanilla, dark red fruits, one hell of a big sticky mouthfeel. As it warms up this one turns out to a monster! Aged superb. Got me thinking at every sip if this was the best barleywine i’ve had this far. But yes. This beats the MOAS 2011 with just 0,1 point incredible dmac (6206) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle shared at Kane. Poured with the appearance of a nice cognac, super thick and syrupy brown with no carbonation what so ever. Aroma was complex with the usual suspects for a big BW, caramel, toffee, molassess, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light char along with a touch of butter and some straight up alcohol. Syrupy body with very noticable heat and no carbonation. I found the flavor a bit smoother than the aroma with no butter and although the alcohol was there it wasn’t as strong as it was in the aroma. Great beer I’m glad I was in the right place at the right time to try. Maarten1993 (1230) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2015
Drank at the magnificent BCBS tasting in Bodegraven 10/1/2015. Like the Barleywine but a lot richer. Very nice beer. Lots of tastes. jmgreenuk (9313) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle at the De Molen Bourbon County tasting, Jan 2015. Poured a clear dark brown with a reddish hue. The aroma is rich sweet malt, light molasses. The flavour is moderate sweet, light bitter with a big rich malty, alcoholic bitter palate and a rich oily mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Beerdedone (3401) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark caramel brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, and toffee. Flavor is rich and complex with caramel, raisins, bourbon barrel, vanilla, oak, toffee, and dark fruit. Sticky texture, full body, nice warming finish. A world class barleywine. Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle shared big thanks to charule. Pours a dark caramel brown without any head. Aromas of bourbon, light vanilla, candied dark fruits. Drank this side by side with one year old BCBBW and they are pretty much the same beer. Little difference if any between them. Pretty smooth with a light bourbon heat. charule (2257) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle from Chicago trade. Poured deep dark brown minimizing beige head. Aroma light caramel dark fruits apples. Light carb med bod. Sweet dark fruity boozy bourbon. JBPortland (1543) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2014
22oz bottle pours dark chesnut brown with small head. Nose is deep rich dark fruit, lots of bourbony raisin and plum with touches of sweet malt bread undertones, enveloping. Taste is soft and chewy on the palate, layered caramel, boozy maple, soft bread, plum, raisin, tootsie roll, some light sweetness, bourbon spice, oak. Finish is lingering semi sweet dark fruit, caramel, bourbon, wood, complex. Wonderful, a treat to drink. slowrunner77 (11917) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"this dark ruby hued brew went head to head with Firestone Walker Abacus and lived to tell the tale. Abacus held a slight edge only at first due to the aroma but man oh man did this beer open up nicely. two of the best barleywines i;ve ever had. this one manages to taste sticky sweet without actually being sticky sweet. as smooth as a beer can be at over 13%. fruity esters, malty, no real hop presence, and a distinct bourbon (pappy 23!) aroma and flavor, with a little kick of sweet and spice at the end that puts this one over the top in the head to head. they are both elite brews for sure. this has a complexity that defies beleife and will go down (maybe forever if they don’t ever redo it) as the best barleywine ever. i can see myself bumping this up a point if the next bottle is as good as the first!