argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2010
12oz bottle, vintage 2009, RBWG. Small beige head atop murky dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, some Bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, some Bourbon. Smooth medium-full body, low carbonation, wouldn’t guess it had such a high ABV. MeadMe (1664) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2010
A: Pours a dark orangish brown hue with a small head. No retention but it does have some legs.
S: Huge aromas here. Tons of coconut, caramel, brown sugar. The barrel stands out in a big way as well with fresh oak, vanilla, and booze.
T: Crazy good brew. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Coconut macaroons, hints of dark fruit and lots of oak, vanilla, and light booze.
M: Medium in body, perfect carbonation, smooth, with a nice boozy finish.
D: Out of this world. andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2010
Dark brown with a lovely reddish glow, only a small ring is left on top, looks heavy and inviting. Aroma is simply mindblowing, just oh so nutty and toffe loaded with slick lovely creamy sweet buttery vanilla, caramell and cookie dough notes. Some lovely fruity black currants, dark berrys, integrated bourbon and some raisins. Flavor is about the same but with "less" unfortunately, still lovely but with a fairly noticable alcohol presence, especially in the finish which is slightly dry with lingering bourbon notes. Mouthfeel is smooth, quite sticky and fat. TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Tap at Barcade.Sweet bourbon nose. Poured a ruby red. some sweetnotes but the a bv is well hidden between lots of malt and some big sweet hop notes. Good. brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
A: The pour is a murky dark amber color with very little in the way of carbonation and little to no head.
S: The nose is very heavy on the bourbon, with plenty of sweet molasses, brown sugar, caramel, with a light touch of chocolate. There is also some noticeable alcohol.
T: Like the nose, the flavor is definitely heavy on the bourbon. There are, however, nice brown sugar, butterscotch, caramel, and chocolate flavors with a hint of alcohol heat.
M: The body is fairly full, and due to the low carbonation, quite smooth and sticky on the tongue.
D: While there is a decent amount of heat to this beer, I still really enjoyed the flavors. I think the vanilla and chocolate oxidation flavors go nicely with the barleywine base. Perhaps it would have been good to let this age for a bit, but it’s still enjoyable fresh.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 25, 2010
12oz. bottle, 2005 vintage, "Brewery Aged" noted on the label, with a big thanks to rbridges01 from over on BA for the chance to finally try this one! Pours a burgundy-caramel color with a moderate tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin ring with no lacing. Aroma is loaded with malty goodness - overripe dark fruits, toffee, caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and brown sugar. Quite a heady nose that is very enjoyable to spend time with. Flavor is equally impressive, with a large variety of ripe and overripe dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and nicely complimentary barrel notes of oak, bourbon, vanilla and a hint of brown sugar sweetness. A nice lasting palate and some gentle warmth, but the ABV stays surprisingly well hidden. Well worth the wait and very glad for the chance to finally try. Thanks again Ron! kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Bottle courtesy of markwise. Pours a hazy amber color to brown with orange to reddish highlights and off-white head. Aroma is intoxicating--sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, candy sugar, bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, raisins, figs, dark ripe fruit, sweet goodness. Flavor is even better than the aroma with more intensity. Medium body with a sweet and syrupy finish. One of the best BA barleywines I have had. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Holy mackarel! Thanks to goryshkewych for this bottle. This was amazing! Pours slightly hazy orange-copper with an off-white head. Nose is cotton candy, roast, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, slight brandy, raisin, almost no booze, and lots of wonder. Flavor is virtually the same and lingers with sugar, fruit, brandy, and raisins. Exceptional barleywine. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Pours brown. Nose is big dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, wood, sweet toffee, brown sugar, figs, dates, plum, raisin the whole gamut. Flavor is super rich sweet fruits, cane sugar, plum, beets, bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet ripe cherries, apple, grapes. So much going on in there. beautiful beautiful beer. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle provided by hoppymeal. Thank you! Clear brown color. Barely any head. Vanilla, dates, figs, honey, agave, brown sugar, light bourbon and woody notes. Flavor is sweet with dates, figs, bourbon, syrup, alcohol, wood, and a really nice hop finish. Really a wonderful beer. I am guessing this one will get better over the next year.