brokensail (16696) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 12, 2017
On tap @ Holy Mountain. Not a particularly good looking beer. Sort of a muddled, opaque brownish-cola color with some sparse off-white foam. The nose is fantastic. Rich bourbon, oak, vanilla, and caramelized sugars. Particularly toffee and molasses forward, in fact. Kind of a nutty flavor to it along with all the sugar, wood, and spirit. Definitely a bit of booze there, so you have to be into that. The flavor has much more fruit character than I would have guessed. Particularly heavy on raisin, fig, and port. Good beer. SinH4 (6927) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 20, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2017 Tap. Muddy brown color with soapy beige ring. Aroma is bourbon, toffee, caramel, vanilla. Taste is wood sugar, vanilla, caramel, toffee. Oily mouthfeel. A great BA Barley Wine. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Draft at HoMo. Absolutely ridiculous. Pours a murky dark brown with a minimal creamy medium-tan mousse on top. Big sweet nose, showing caramel, molasses, roasted nuts, and toffee, along with light fruity counterpoints and faint shortbread. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Caramel, vanilla, molasses, roasted nuts, soft cola, toffee, and oranges on the mid palate. Long sweet finish. Put this up against any classic Scottish traditional ale or anything from HOTD and it will hold its own without breaking a sweat. cobaink2 (870) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Caramel with some. Minor spices. Burbon is quite nice that really tows that vanilla burbling n on this beer. ReLly well rounded. ACHops (1725) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2016
On tap @ Holy Mountain. Pours thick opaque dark reddish brown with thin creamy light mocha head. Aroma is huge oaky scotch up front, light bourbony sweetness, and earthy peat notes are there as well. Taste is clean, dry dark malt, sweet charred molasses, vanilla, dark caramel, port, rum-soaked fruitcake. Very English barleywine flavor profile, with the whiskey barrel addition. Tastes much boozier than the listed 9%. Lingers bitter and slightly boozy on the finish. Amazing beer, perfectly dialed on these Westland barrels. This needs to be bottled!
djd07 (16465) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is wood, vanilla, whiskey. Medium body, roast, caramel, candy sugar, wood, vanilla, strong booze finish, very nice. andrewje41 (4661) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2016
Draft 7 oz pour at Holy Mountain. A dark and dense chocolate brown pour with a thin cream tan head. A rich bran aroma with raisins, brown sugar, and chocolate. Flavor is smooth, rich chocolate, toasty malt, bran, raisins, plums, a mellow vanilla finish. Creme Brulee. The best possible dessert beer. Delicious, smooth, complex, well designed. Amazing beer. luttonm (7091) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2016
HM, Seattle. Oh, what a beer. Creamy, lingering off white foam on incredibly malty brown body. Complex aromas of dark maple syrup, the remnants of a dry bourbon glass, fudge and sweet raisins. Smooth, but sip with a rising bourbon alcohol note. Pannetone, rum balls, soft tanned leather. Recalls the great European rum and calvados barrel beers. A little of alcohol spice on finish. Complex and astoundingly delicious. Absolute my sweet spot but this also objectively fantastic. I want bottles of this aging in a cellar all of the time. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Ruddy cola brown. Powerful brown sugar and cherry cordials on the nose. Sweet. Boozy. Wooow. Figs, medjool dates, sugary seafoamy booze. Reminiscent of a JW Lees Harvest Ale, IMO. Exactly what I wanted it to be. Just love it. nealblind (2036) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Red brown pour. Aroma caramel toffee brulee brown sugar. Tastes woody whiskey slight cherries. creamy dry - perfect palate for a barleywine. way better than the lighter stuff from holy mountain.