BeerandBlues2 (13654) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with ruby highlights, medium fizzy light tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is bourbon, oak, caramel and toast malt with fruity esters and pine hops. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, bourbon and vanilla with oak, fruity esters and sweet malt with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation. jbardin (161) - New York, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Bottle from a friend. Pours dark in the glass with limited head. Aroma is bourbon and malt, flavor the same. Nice but not particularly rounded.
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22oz bottle, same label as the Buffalo Trace version, but labeled as the 2011 barrel aged edition. yet another amazing extra from deftim13. thanks a ton, Tim! pours a hazy, russet brown capped by a rich, smooth, beige head that leaves rings of drippy lace. aroma is oustanding, bold and boozy, with heavy notes of woody bourbon, vanilla, spices, and sweet toffee backed by subtle notes of coconut cake, floral hops, dark berries, and raisins. flavor is delicious as well with sweet toffee, brown sugar, pecan pie filling, and citrus rinds up front backed by rich dark fruits, vanilla, toast, and rich, warming bourbon. palate is full bodied, lightly carbonated, and has just enough balance of sweetness and booziness to keep it from being cloying. overall, a very pleasant surprise and great barrel aged barleywine. oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2012
Bottled. Deep ambery small off-whie head. Deep ambet colour small white. Aroma is Sweet malts, raisins and and some caramel. Flavour is chocolate, liqurice roast and ashes. omhper (25374) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2012
Bottled at PBF, thanks to baggio’s American friend whose name escapes at this time of the night. Hazy mahogany colour, small head. Bourbony caramel aroma. Sweet, full bodied, well rounded mouthfeel. Fudge wrapped in vanilla with heating bourbon and white pepper. Despite the sweet soft mouthfeel the heat of the bourbon takes over.
TBone (17793) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2012
Bottled 0,66l (PBF, barrel aged and vintage 2011)IrishBoy (4224) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Deep ruby color, small beige head, Vanilla, toffee and bourbon in the nose. Medium-bodied. Lots of bourbon in the flavor, even pure, burning alcohol, vanilla. Way too alcoholic still although quite good.
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2013 Bomber from BevMo Salinas. Nose is toffee, brown sugar, and hints of roast, vanilla, and floral hops. Hazy brown with a medium, long lasting, lightly lacing tan head. Flavor is sweet golden raisin pie, hints of bitterness and vanilla, with a mixed sweet and bitter finish with a touch of bourbon. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2012
22 oz bottle, barrel aged Vintage 2011. Darkish brown with a foamy beige head. Nose is caramel and light bourbon. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is bourbon, caramel and bitter hops. Bourbon up front with a bitter finish. Least dynamic of the brews in this barleywine tasting but still quite good. marcus (10474) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Bottle from Pangaea Bottle Shop, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a modest tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a robust dark molasses flavor that leaves an alcoholic tingle on the tongue.There is a very bitter anise-like finish. A nice complex sipping beer. rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Bottle vintage 2011: brown pour with small off-white creamy head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, vanilla, some roasted grain and a light coconut note. Flavor is creamy caramel, vanilla, light touch of molasses, mild bourbon and oak notes, and a hint of toasted grain. Palate is silky and mostly sweet with a boozy prescence but not harsh. Ends with a touch of bitter to the sweet. Wow, nice beer, rather expensive at $14. A great sipper with lots of elements to take in, and, changes as the beer warms. I will buy more if the budget allows.