illidurit (2338) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 16, 2012
On tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Pours opaque dark brown with crimson corners. Pruney iodine aroma with some evident booze, maybe a little raisin. Not the best aroma, nor is it very robust. Flavor is much better. Earthy chocolate with burnt brown sugar, a touch of soy, and a buttery toasted coconut finish. Not sure if this is bourbon barrel aged but it sure seems like it. A sweet warming beer that captures the English style pretty well. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a tan head. Chocolate and toffee aroma with backing hops and light vanilla. Malt and toffee flavor with light darker malts and vanilla. Medium bodied. Toffee and vanilla lingers with light darker malts and light cookie notes. marcus (10222) - 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. Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle from K&L several years ago.
A: Mahogany body with a few bubbles hitting the sides of the glass. Firm creme colored head and a touch of lacing.
N: Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee, some char, more woodiness. Leaves and earth. Some leather and red licorice.
T: Very, very bitter. Outlined by sweetness, but this does not strike me as "English-style".
M: Medium body, slightly sticky, hidden alcohol. Light, creamy level of carbonation.
O: Decent barleywine. Some good flavors harmed by an overabundance of hops. About a tie with Mother of All Storms, even if the latter is way too damn sweet and this one is more balanced. rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2012
A nicely made brew. Love the deep color and creamy head. Really nice roasted barley taste.
TBone (17528) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2012
Bottled 0,66l (PBF, barrel aged and vintage 2011)omhper (25108) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 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.
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. 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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650ml bottleBeerandBlues2 (13307) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma of sweet syrupy malts, toffee, caramel and sugar. Taste is sweet and sticky with notes of syrupy malts, toffee and caramel. Finish is stingy and sticky with hops, warming alcohol, syrupy malts and caramel. Too sweet for my taste.
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.