GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Bottle courtesy of masonjer poured into a snifter. I cant thank Jeremy enough for the opportunity to try this rarity.
Pours a dark murky reddish brown with little head outside of a small ring of bubbles that leaves very little remnants.
The aroma is massive and just explodes out of the glass. It has hints of citrus up front but the caramel malts, toffee and brown sugar really dominate. There are hints of dark fruits, bourbon and vanilla as well, though very subtle.
The taste has the same dominant malt backbone with tons of caramel malts and brown sugar. The wood makes itself felt a little more in the taste with some vanilla hints and the finish has a huge bourbon burn that lingers between sips.
The mouthfeel is extremely slick and just coats the mouth with bourbon and sugary sweetness. The carbonation is almost non-existent.
This is a damn fine barleywine and one that Ive been looking to try for a while. I got hints of oxidation in the taste but thats really just nitpicking with such a great beer. BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2011
[355ml bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Pours a deep bronze colour with no head to speak of. Big bourbon aromas – I agree with Craig there was a touch of cheese in there as well. Sweet bourbon on the palate, pretty much demolishing everything else along the way. Too much for me – I’m not a bourbon barrel-aged fan at the best of times. When done well they are drinkable, but this one sadly isn’t  wetherel (1899) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Wow. Thanks Jon! Tasted at Jon’s 2000th tasting. I’ve been waiting a while to try this, drooling at it in Jon’s mini fridge. Excellent aroma. Crazy good. Rich buttery oaky brown sugar. sweet. Tastes as good as it smells. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2009
Aroma is great. Sweet, dark rich fruit, wood and mellow bourbon and vanilla. Love the vanilla that comes out from the aging. Flavor is sweet, molasses, vanilla, bourbon and sherry with some faint fruit. Nice. tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Pours brown with brown head. Huge toffee and hop nose. Fantastic blend of toffee and booze. Thick but drinkable.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Big thanks to Urbancaver for hooking me up.
3.5 A: Murky dark brown color. Just a quarter finger of tannish head than falls quickly and leaves very little lacing. Kuhnhenn has little time to worry about their beers asthetics.
5.0 S: Aggressive, complex, yet extremely complementary. Thick, rich caramel and toffee. Huge raisin, tobacco, plum, prune, and date slap the smell receptors silly. Only mildy boozy despite the huge ABV. Bourbon and barrel add more complexity to an already superbly complex base. Leather, light peat, earth, and melon fruits in addition to oak and vanilla from the barrel.
4.5 T: Tastes like the nose, but isn’t as aggressive (how could it be, really?). Huge raisin, prune, tobacco, plum and all that jazz. Again the booze is hidden very well. Big sweetness, but nothing out of hand and definitely not Bruery level. Leather, peat, earth, melon, vanilla, oak. Wonderful taste.
4.5 M: Heavy body. Carbonation is on the lower end of acceptable. Rich, palpable thickness without necessarily being overly chewy.
5.0 D: A taste could have also been a 5.0, so I’ll add it here. Really wonderful beer. Kuhnhenn are masters at hiding booze while delivering the amount of flavor that you can only get from a huge ABV beer. Not quite as good as BB4D, but damn close.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-29-2012 03:04:49 Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2007
12’er. What nectar. Dark brown color. Outstanding aroma. Astonishingly complex flavor of absorbed wood (coconut, vanilla, soaked wood, light whiskey) and heavy malt (an array of cinnamon covered fruit, caramel and toffee. Very, very smooth. If anyone has any bottles of this for trade, I am willing to trade heavily for it. GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2011
2010. Thanks bulldogp04. Dark reddish-brown pour with a tan head. The aroma comes at you as you pour. Bourbon, dark fruits, malt, a little alcohol. Taste was wonderful-bourbon, dark fruit. A very well balanced beer. I wish I had the patients to see how it aged. For the high level of alcohol, this is an extremely well balanced, well rounded beer. kiefdog (1827) - 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. Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2008
(Unknown vintage, 12 oz. bottle) The aroma is a strong smack of dark fruits, oak, a touch of vanilla, and something lurking in the back I can’t place. Pours a very dark red, with just a ring and dusting of tan head. Slick oily mouthfeel, alcohol warming in the back of the throat. Not anywhere as sweet as the aroma hints at. Touches of dark fruit linger for quite a while, with hints of spice. Very drinkable for 14.5%...