SG111 (2241) - New York, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottled 09/12/14. Pours copper red almost chestnut color, very small eggshell head.Aroma is intense bourbon notes, vanilla, toffee, dark fruits, very mild if any hop character. Very nice aroma. Flavor is very sweet, honey, vanilla, dark fruits (maybe plums?). Not much hop character at all. Very intense, but very nice. Mouthfeel is crisp; notably different feel than an ale. A little more effervescent as well. Not the subdued feel you get from many high ABV ales. Very good. Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Pours thick darker chestnut with almost no head, a bit of beige when you see the head and bubbles. The aroma is sweet honey and malts blended smoothly in the nose. The beer is behind smooth for a crazy high ABV starting with some sweet malts that turn into a caramel bar with subtle berries all blended so pleasantly in the palate. Wow! johncnh (1) - - FEB 21, 2015 does not count
Got this bottle for Christmas. Pours with a minimal head.Smells so rich and sweet.It’s got a rich, thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely world class barrel aged barleywine style.This is another great beer from Jack’s Abby. superspak (6645) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/12/2014. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, prune, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and oak/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, dark fruit, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, brown bread, raisin, prune, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and oak/toasted earthiness. Slight oaky bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, prune, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Absolutely insane complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, dark fruit, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an amazing malt/barrel balance and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is amazing. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely world class barrel aged barleywine style. All around insane complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, dark fruit, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. An absolutely mind blowing offering. jtclockwork (18160) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark amber. Nose/taste of bourbon, oak, molasses, sweet brown sugar, toffee and sticky caramel. Full bodied.
vtafro (7453) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet malt, fruit and alcohol toned aromas. Sweet caramel, malt and other sweet flavors. Bule (2315) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2015
500ml bottle pours a brown color without any head. Low carbonation. Mild oaky aroma. Intensely sweet and malty. Can't believe this is lager.
jmarcello (2) - - JAN 18, 2015 does not count
Pours a dark golden brown, hardly any head retention. Aroma of the bourbon barrel comes through the heaviest. Taste is very sweet, a little syrupy. Probably from the lager yeast. Finish mellows out the sweetness and the heavy vanilla notes remain. Not bad, but probably not something I would return to. koleminer20 (4481) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2015
From notes. This was shared at a tasting put on by @mikem409 on November 7. Shared from a 500 mL bottle. The pour is a foggy brown with a light beige head that sits on top, before falling to a spotty ring. The caramel malt dominates the nose. There is a little bit of vanilla and some brown sugar adding a little sweetness. There isn’t a whole lot else happening. There is a bit of booze, but it’s really sweet. The flavor is much of the same. There is a lot of caramel and molasses. Just way too sweet. There is a lot of boozy heat on the back end. Not straight alcohol, but it definitely possesses the burn of a higher ABV offering. The mouth feel is a little light, with some good carbonation making it sticky and coating in the mouth. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet and malty, with some heat. Not too bad. Jow (4259) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle at hotel during big playoff game it looks to come down to wire so this 13% bomb should help quell fears. Light brown pour with beige head. Nose is lots of toffee and some dark fruit. Tastes of caramel, earth, lots of bourbon , plums, some vanilla. Sweet not cloying. Nice end of cold day brew