scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft - Deep brownish black, creamy tan head. Intense vanilla-fig and grape nose warms to a deep spicy brown sugared bourbon with an old wooden coconut fade. Rich dark fruit and maple flavors ride a soft foundation of warm whiskey in a caramelized vanilla-wood core. Full bodied and smooth. An amazing winter sipper...
jazz88 (2674) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A dark black with a foamy brown head that quickly laced. A huge aroma with dark fruits, brandy, raisins, and figs. A full body and noticeably burning palate from the alcohol. Rich and delicious.
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice copper brown pour with a decent head. Fairly strong flavor. Figs, plum, roasted malt. Very nice brew.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Rating #35. Deep dark brown pour with a light tan head. Boozy and a little oxidized, lots of dark ftuits znd caramel. Sweet malty flavor, brown sugar and a light toast with more booze and wood. (2014)
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Black pour with a frothy tan head. Huge malt and bitter hop aroma at the start with a good amount of fruit, oak, vanilla and dark malts under it. Flavor is big and bold with tons of malts at the start. Alcohol is still very heavy and prevalent in it. Really puts a burn on the beer. Could probably benefit from a year or so of aging.
Ratman197 (13898) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of plum, dates, fig, toffee, carmel, toasted malt, light rye and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of carmel, dates, fig, toffee, light rye and light oak with a smooth warming lingering toffee finish.
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting beer. Bottle pours black with a frothy off-white head. Aroma heavy bourbon, malts. Taste initially sweet caramel with bourbon and dark fruits creeping in, with warming almost has a American Strong Ale sense to it with less sweetness, more hops, some dark fruits and vanilla. Finish dark fruits and slight hop bitterness. Palate thick, not quite syrupy, slight carbonation. Alcohol apparent.
Really complex beer but not so much that it loses it’s appeal. i agree it will be interesting to see how this ages. Certainly not your average barleywine.
cfrancis (3259) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh wow this is a big ass beer. Pours a silky syrupy brown with a small off white head that quickly disappears. Aroma is a bouquet of raisin, dates, boozy alcohol and sweet malts. Tastes a lot like a smooth whiskey. Huge beer, big and boozy. This thing will knock you out if you don’t respect it. Definitely a sipper.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ The BeerMongers... A dark brownish pour with a thin head. Lots of whiskey and wood character. So much so that with glass far from me on the table I could still detect the aroma. Some rye spice, vanilla extract sweetness, and dark fruits with a nice buttering finish. Toasted toffee flavors and mild hop presence.
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours from bottle a rootbeer brown with rather large tan head. Aroma is raisin and fig, almost burnt toast, notes of whiskey and a little toffee. Flavor is thick with maple, caramel, toffee, toast, hints of whiskey, some wood and a little vanilla. Palate is sweet and thick but somewhat slick on the tongue with a mild alcohol burn. Wow, for a recently released BA barley wine this one is rather smooth and has softer edges with nice depth of flavor, I’ll need to get more to age to see if different.